Defeated in the Champions League, Paris SG and Marseille are aiming for the rebound in Ligue 1 on Saturday, respectively against Dijon (9:00 p.m.) and Lorient (5:00 p.m.), during an 8th day which leads Sunday leader Lille, proving in the Europa League, in Nice, less spirited (5:00 p.m.).
- The shock: Lyon-Monaco -
Lyon receives Monaco on Sunday (9:00 p.m.) in a duel that mixes frustrations and ambitions: deprived of Europe this season, the two clubs want to regain a level more in line with their means as quickly as possible.
However, neither OL (9th, 10 pts) nor ASM (8th, 11 pts) took the lead, weighed down by their irregular performance.
The Lyonnais, who finally won in Strasbourg (3-2) last Sunday after five games without a win, are tackling a busy streak, with the prospect of a trip to Lille and then the derby against Saint-Etienne.
"We have fallen behind but we must also make up for the bad season of last year. We are motivated, we are aware of all the efforts to be made and we will do everything to", assured midfielder Houssem Aouar on Thursday. club chain.
- The number: 5 -
With five consecutive wins, Paris SG (2nd, 15 pts) maintains the best series of the Championship in the field, which allowed it to glimpse the place of leader after a failed start.
But the hopes born of this dynamic were evaporated by the worrying setback suffered at home against Manchester United (2-1) on Tuesday in the Champions League, which plunged PSG back into doubt.
From the criticized coach Thomas Tuchel, to executives Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, failing against the English, the reigning champion owes himself a revenge on Saturday (9:00 p.m.).
The Dijon red lantern, used to corrections at the Parc des Princes, seems the ideal opponent for this kind of mission: moreover, it is the Burgundians that the Parisians had beaten in March 2019 (4-0) after their European elimination against ... Manchester United.
- The number (bis): 13 -
With 13 goals scored in their Europa League games on Thursday, Nice and Lille offered a spectacle ... but not all of them have a smile: while the Northerners played against Sparta Prague (4-1), the Southerners have sank on the lawn of Bayer Leverkusen (6-2).
Sunday, the Aiglons (4th, 13 pts) receive the Mastiffs, unbeaten leaders (1st, 17 pts), for a match that will say a lot about the pride of the Gym and its ability to play against the best.
"It's up to us to draw the negative points and the positive points, to take advantage of it in Ligue 1," said the Niçois Pierre Lees-Melou after the correction received in Germany.
- The player: Dario Benedetto -
His clumsiness embodied the failed return to the Champions League in Marseille, beaten by Olympiakos on Wednesday (1-0).
Argentinian striker Dario Benedetto is having a difficult start to the season, he who has not scored since a hat-trick in Nîmes on February 28.
"If he doesn't have the game around him, how is he going to score goals? That's the coach's fault," André Villas-Boas defended in an interview with AFP.
Like his team, "Pipa" hopes to bounce back in Lorient in a crucial match to stay glued to the podium.
Moreover, OM (6th, 12 pts) is undefeated away this season in Ligue 1 (2 wins, 1 draw).
Program for the 8th day of Ligue 1:
Rennes - Angers 1 - 2
(5:00 p.m.) Lorient - Marseille
(9:00 p.m.) Paris SG - Dijon
(13h00) Lens - Nantes
(3:00 p.m.) Bordeaux - Nîmes
Montpellier - Reims
Brest - Strasbourg
Metz - Saint-Etienne
(5:00 p.m.) Nice - Lille
(9 p.m.) Lyon - Monaco
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