Champions League: how OL prepared their quarterback against PSG despite the Covid-19

Affected by a real cluster of Covid-19 in recent weeks, OL Féminin has carried out the preparation of its Champions League quarter-final return against PSG under special conditions (this Sunday 2 p.m. on RMC Sport). On the eve of the European duel, Jean-Luc Vasseur and Eugénie Le Sommer confided in the difficulties encountered by the Rhone group.

Victorious in the first leg in Paris (0-1), the Lyonnaises are in a favorable position before the quarter-final second leg of the Women’s Champions League this Sunday (from 2 p.m. on RMC Sport). Five-fold title holders, OL players will face strong adversity. On the one hand, the Parisians will try to end the supremacy of their rival. On the other hand, the group coached by Jean-Luc Vasseur had to prepare for the pace of postponements and many positive coronavirus cases.

“Collectively, those who were not positive were able, after respecting the periods of isolation, to train, explained the Rhone technician. All while respecting a given shadow. We have never been more than ten. Then, as we went along, we respected the isolation and recovery deadlines. Obviously, when you stop for more than ten days, it’s complicated to restart the machine. Even if it seems that the girls are not too impacted. “

Le Sommer: “Programs to train at home”

Initially scheduled for Wednesday March 31 in Lyon, the quarter-final return against PSG was finally postponed to this Sunday due to the first four positive cases of Covid among the Lyonnaises. Four contaminated players … soon followed by several others before the international break and who led the OL workforce to be placed in isolation.

“It was a rather special period, recognized Eugenie Le Sommer in front of the press. For me it was the second time that I had lived it because I had already been positive for the Covid a month before. It made me feel good. two periods of isolation. So I knew what to expect. Thank you to the physical trainer who concocted programs for us to train at home. I am also lucky to have a treadmill and that to me. helped keep the pace and especially the cardio. “

Present in the selection for the matches of the Blue against England (3-1) and the United States (0-2), Eugenie Le Sommer was able to find the grounds there. Both in training and especially in official matches. An almost saving return while his partners, stranded at home, have not played since March 27 and a success in Dijon (0-3).

>> OL-PSG in the Women’s Champions League, it’s this Sunday on RMC Sport

“Going to the national team, I inevitably resumed collective training and that allowed me to train normally. It was positive, said the top scorer of the France team. I was also able to play a match. On that side, it was still something good. ” It remains to be seen if this will be enough for the attacker and her partners to face Parisians rather spared in recent weeks.


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