Paris Saint Germain’s coach Ollé-Nicolle is confident that his team will do everything necessary to make life difficult for Olympique Lyonnais, in Sunday’s highly-anticipated Division One Arkema League game.
Leonardo Araújo, Paris Saint Germain sporting director had requested for the game to be postponed, citing the Hamraoui-Diallo incident and its consequences on the Parisian squad.
“We are surprised and disappointed that the Federation has twice rejected our request for postponement,” explains the Brazilian. We had all the reasons to obtain the postponement, given what happened. It’s a lack of sensitivity. We don’t understand.” Leonardo said.
This is the first time Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint Germain are meeting in a competitive game this season. Lyonnais currently top the Division One Arkema table on goal difference, with PSG just behind them.
While Lyonnais have concede two goals in seven league games this season, PSG are yet to concede any, both in the league and in the Champions League.
Reacting to questions after the Champions League win against Real Madrid at the Parc Des Princes, Ollé-Nicolle said the team won’t be bothered about keeping a clean sheet in Lyon, but will go out there and play collectively.
“We are not going to park the bus in Lyon, the whole team will have to continue its recovery and play collectively. We will do everything possible to thwart the Lyon plan, we know that it is a very good team and continue in our will.
Our plan is to recover the ball well, to defend well, and to establish our game. We are going to go to Lyon with the same considerations.” He concluded.
PSG won the League last season to end Lyonnais 14 year reign, and also knocked out Lyonnais in the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League.