Paris Saint-Germain faces Friday night Lyon in the French Club League Cup final. The Capital Club is seeking to add a new title to its footballing achievements and triumphs this season, after harvesting the League and France Cup titles. Neymar and his colleagues will fight this confrontation without the services of injured Mbabe. As Lyon searches for a new culmination in turn and earning entry visa for European competitions “Europa League”.
Try Paris Saint-Germain Friday evening complete his domination of the local titles in a fiery confrontation that he will fight against Lyon, to win the twenty-sixth copy of the French Club League Cup final at Saint-Denis Stadium on the outskirts of the French capital.
Saint-Germain was crowned champions of the league by a decision of the local federation, which decided not to complete the season at the end of April due to an outbreak of Corona virus, before winning the French Cup title last week at the expense of Saint-Etienne by defeating him 1-0, and his Brazilian star Neymar scored the match goal the only.
Saint Germain did not make a strong offer against Saint-Etienne, especially since he fought 60 minutes against a rival who played with ten people after his captain Luik Piran was sent off following a violent intervention against the star of the capital team, Killian Mbappe, which resulted in an ankle injury and his absence from the stadium for a period of three weeks, and perhaps not Participation against Italian Atalanta in the Champions League quarter-finals scheduled for August 12.
He did not know if German St Germain coach Thomas Tuchel would change his team’s playing style in the absence of Mbappe, but if he decided not to do so, Spaniard Pablo Sarabia would be a candidate for solutions instead of Mbabe in an offensive line-up in addition to Argentines Mauro Icardi, Angel de Maria and the Brazilian Neymar.
Lyon visa to participate in European competitions
The match is very important for Lyon, who must win in order to participate in the European League competition (Europa League) next season and to avoid the absence of continental competitions for the first time since 1997, knowing that he was seventh in the domestic league.
And if the match ends with his loss, there remains a single opportunity for him to participate in Europe by crowning the Champions League title, where he reached the final price and advanced to Juventus 1-0 before the second leg, scheduled for Turin on the seventh of next month.
Lyon fought a series of friendly matches, beating Nice 1-0, the Scottish Celtic 2-1, and the Belgian Ghent and Antwerp by one score 3-2, against a single loss against the Scottish Rangers 0-2.
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia will rely on his Dutch attackers, Memphis Depay, who missed the entire season after undergoing surgery in the cruciate ligament and Moussa Dembele.
Garcia confirmed that Saint Germain will not be affected much in the absence of Mbappe by saying: “If Mbappe does not exist, then there is Neymar, and if Neymar misses, there is Icardi and if Icardi is absent there there is de Maria. Saint Germain has a huge group of great players, and therefore the absence of one of his stars will not affect At his level. “
The final match was originally scheduled for April 4, but was postponed to Friday, July 31, due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
The French Association decided to cancel this competition from next year to reduce the pressure of matches on local clubs.
Eighteen of the previous 25 final matches were settled in regular time, two after extension and five on penalties, noting that Saint-Germain holds the record with eight titles crowned in 1995, 1998, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.