A real shock between Europeans. PSG and Lyon, the two French representatives in the Champions League, play the final of the Coupe de la Ligue on Friday evening in a hot context in more than one way. Strictly speaking, of course, since the match will be played out in a scorching heat in a Stade de France limited to 5,000 spectators, but without Kylian Mbappé, injured. In a figurative sense also, as this match is of capital importance for both teams, a few days before the resumption of the Champions League. Finally, it will be the very last final of the Coupe de la Ligue, whose disappearance was recorded after 25 years of existence. Follow the PSG-Lyon final live from 9:10 p.m.
>> The final of the Coupe de la Ligue can also be followed live on the channel of Europe 1 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
PSG-Lyon: kick off at 9:10 p.m.
OL point: end years without a trophy. For Lyon, this final is perhaps even more important. Indeed, the Lyonnais are running desperately after a trophy since the Coupe de France in 2012, an eternity for a club of this standing. OL must also win if they want to play in a European Cup next year, the winner of the Coupe de la Ligue being qualified for the Europa League. If they lose tonight, they will have another chance provided they ... win the Champions League. Suffice to say that they have every interest in winning against PSG. Find here Rudi Garcia's interview on Europe 1 last week.
The PSG point: without Mbappé, goal tripled. PSG, crowned champion of France and difficult winner of the Coupe de France last Friday against Saint-Étienne, can achieve the national treble. The Parisians will have to compose without Kylian Mbappé, injured and very uncertain for the quarter-final of the Champions League. Spaniard Pablo Sarabia is expected to replace him and play in support of Argentine striker Mauro Icardi. PSG will in any case have to put on a whole different face than against the Greens, where their performance had worried a few days of C1.
The weather report: it will be very hot at the Stade de France. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the match will be played at the Stade de France with a limit of 5,000 spectators. The evening promises to be hot, with scorching temperatures in the Paris region as in a large part of France. It could be over 35 degrees at kickoff! Read our article on this "hot" match here.
The point "history": clap end for the Coupe de la Ligue. After 25 years of existence, the Coupe de la Ligue will disappear this Friday evening. For many years, she struggled to find her audience, with stadiums often deserted and matches too often without much interest. However, and paradoxically, the finals often offered beautiful shows both in the stands and on the field. If that of last year, won by Strasbourg against Guingamp, had been a long purge, we can hope this evening for a completely different spectacle. A final final between PSG and Lyon, the two best French teams of the past 20 years, what could be better?