OL-West Ham: Concerns for Lucas Paqueta on eve of Europa League return quarter


Lucas Paqueta did not attend OL training on Wednesday afternoon on the eve of the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final against West Ham (on Thursday at 9pm on RMC Sport1). The session was attended by Tangi Ndombele, Houssem Auer, Anthony Lopes and Thiago Mendes.

Olympique Lyonnais is still swimming in uncertainty. Lyon coach Peter Bos cast doubts over the health condition of his injured and more or less precarious players on Wednesday, on the eve of Thursday’s second leg of the quarter-finals to face West Ham at the Gruppama Stadium. Europa League. Lucas Paqueta, who was not initially on the list of uncertain players, was not present at the final training at the end of this Wednesday afternoon.


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“Nothing is certain yet. We will discuss again with the medical staff treating the players after the trip to Strasbourg and we will see if they can be with us”, referring only to the case of the Brazilian playmaker. Bose replied without a press conference.

many returned to training

On the other hand, Strasbourg impressed midfielders Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Auer attended the session well, as did goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, who wore a bandage on his right thigh. Thiago Mendes was also present in the package against Strasbourg. Beyond the aspect of team structure, the Dutch OL technician stated that he expected a match configuration similar to the first stage.

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“Each opponent applies their desired strategy. I believe West Ham will adopt the same strategy as in the first leg. We will see. For my part, I prepare my team for all scenarios”, Peter Bose believed it to be “the details that will make the difference”.

The two teams were separated in a draw in the first leg (1–1), while Lyon were in numerical superiority at eleven to ten in the second round. “Of course, it’s often easy to say you have to score but when you have so many chances, you have to score. I always prepare my team to win. It’s what happens in football that you Let’s accept avoidable goals”, he underlined, calling for the support of supporters.


“Input from fans, it will be the biggest difference compared to the first leg. There was an extraordinary atmosphere at West Ham’s side in London. Thursday will be there for us in our stadium. I have experience with this type of big match. It could make a difference. And I think they will give everything to be behind us, he assured. But I always tell the players that above all, you have to play well so that they stay behind us,” he concluded.

Lyon and AFP . With Edward J in FG


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