European Cup: ambitions for OL and OM … Presentation and suspected lineups

The last French clubs to participate in European competitions this season, Olympique Lyonnais, in the Europa League, and Olympique de Marseille, in the Europa League Conference, are aiming for the overall victory. Against West Ham and PAOK Saloniki respectively, OL and OM are expected to play in the quarterfinals of the first leg this Thursday.

European Cup: ambitions

The Marseillais want to shine in C4.

Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille embody the French teams’ last hopes in the European Cup. Active in the Europa League and the Europa Conference League respectively, the Gones and the Phocens have already announced the color: they are going for the overall win.

And this Thursday at 9 p.m., the two French teams will begin hostilities in the quarterfinals of the first leg.

Lyon saves disappointing season

Lyon, only 9th in the Ligue 1 standings, is relying heavily on C3 at the end of this 2021-2022 financial year. To save this season, a European crown would be a huge success, with immediate qualification for the next edition of the Champions League. But before they project themselves, Peter Bosz’s men will have to get off West Ham first. And the move onto the lawn of the Hammers, who are sixth in the Premier League, is a real challenge.

They are having a very good season and are doing very well at home as well. They really do things together, it shows. It’s a good team in every way, but we’re used to it, we also play good teams in L1. We see more and more that we can also achieve good results outdoors in Europe, such as Porto (0-1). We are here to win, the Lyon coach assured the press. Deprived of Sinaly Diomand, Maxence Caqueret and Rayan Cherki, injured, OL must fulfill the ambitions of its president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The probable composition of the two teams:

West Ham: Areola – Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell – Soucek, Rice (c) – Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals – Antonio.

Olympic Lyonnais: Lopes – Dubois (c), Mendes, Lukeba, Emerson – Aouar, Ndombl – Faivre, Paqueta, Toko-Ekambi – Dembl.

OM considered favorite

In the Europa League Conference, Olympique de Marseille has a presumed status. With AS Roma and Leicester (two formations that are impossible to cross for the final), the phocen club clearly stands out as one of the favorites to win this competition. Facing PAOK Saloniki, OM has to take an option on qualifying at the Stade Vlodrome for a trip that promises to be very hot in Greece in a week.

We have to try to qualify for the next Champions League campaign and at the same time we have to play a quarter-final of the Europa League conference. We are the only French team in this situation, it is a very big challenge. We must shine in the present and ensure the future. It’s been a long time since OM won titles, it’s an obligation, assumed Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli. Faced with 2nd place in the Greek Championship, Marseille has no room for error.

The probable composition of the two teams:

Olympic Marseille : Mandanda (c) – Saliba, Kamara, Caleta-Car – nder, Guendouzi, Gueye, Gerson – Payet – Harit, Bakambu.

PAOK Salonika: Paschalakis (c) – Lyratzis, Ingasson, Crespo, Sidcley – Tsingaras, Kurtic – Murg, Zivkovic, Biseswar – Colak.

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