French Cup.  OL: Garcia faces absences and a state of mind problem

For the Coupe de France round of 16 on Thursday (7 pm) against the Red Star, OL will be denied a minimum of six players. In addition to Jamel Benlamri and Hussam Al Aouar, who are still in trouble with the close associates, Anthony Lopez and Leo Dubois returned with injuries from Lens, while Islam Suleimani was expelled at the end of the match and would automatically stop the match.

In the final hours of training, Tino Cadeauire was also hit (on strike) and forced to abandon the trip to Ile-de-France. Maxwell Cornet can be added to this long list of absentees.

This series of packages will include a cabinet reshuffle within the core team, following the tenure of Julian Poulersbeek, the goalkeeper assigned to the Coupe de France whose replacement will be Malcolm Barcula.

It is in any case the “most competitive team” that will be placed on the turf of Bauer Stadium, as identified by Rudi Garcia, Wednesday at a press conference. This assumes Captain Memphis Depay will start, likely along with Carl Tocco Ecambi. It remains to be seen who will be the third thief in attack, unless 4-3-3 is shelved for the occasion. “Everything is open (tactically),” the technician said. Thinking is on, especially since the absence of Tino (Kadewere) is recent. “

“I count on the professionalism of the players”

From now on, Rudi Garcia insisted on the “mentality” and “respect” that belonged to the opponent. “The Red Star snatched the lens in the previous round and we couldn’t defeat them.” This Lyon coach “CQFD” specifically directed his players: “The state of mind is not good. They think of the Angers match (Sunday in Design) more than the Red Star match. However, from experience, the most important match is always the one that happens. I count on their professionalism. They will understand. In any case, I will know how to remind them … “

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OL, who has not tasted victory in three matches, during which it conceded each time in the opening match, must be wary of the formation of Ile-de-France that is “strong and sporty”, but also “experienced” with (rattling).

Other important data: the structural area in which the game will be played. Rudi Garcia’s group has also taken on some criteria by scheduling a session at its outfitted Mezio training center.


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