The work carried out to protect the lawn at Groupama Stadium will allow the match between OL and Montpellier to take place as planned this Saturday (9 p.m.), during the 25th day of Ligue 1. Despite the recent snowfall in Lyon, the field should be in perfect condition.
Rudi Garcia and his staff will appreciate, OL will not have to find a new date to play the match against Montpellier. Despite the snowy episode this Friday evening between 6 p.m. and midnight in the Lyon metropolis, the lawn of the Groupama Stadium will be in optimal conditions for the match of the 25th day of Ligue 1 scheduled for this Saturday (Live radio on RMC and on the website from RMC Sport from 9 p.m.).
Provisional second in the championship standings, the Gones will even have “a pool table” to face the Hérault residents and the complicated weather conditions will therefore have no effect on the holding of this duel.
A titanic job by the stadium employees
A maintenance of the match made possible by the hard work carried out by the stadium employees and the OL gardeners. Until 10 p.m. Friday evening, the Groupama Stadium teams blew and then gradually removed the snow that fell on the tarpaulin put in place on Thursday morning in anticipation of the weather conditions.
And this Saturday morning, the Herculean work resumed quite early and was carried out by ten people under the supervision of Emmanuel Bonningue, the “Ground Manager” of OL. Unblocking began at 10 a.m. and will end in the early afternoon. Then it will be time for the gardeners to proceed with the finishing touches: new mowing of the lawn, tracing and starting of the integrated heating system.
A major job done so that the ground is perfect at 9 p.m. for the match, despite the small ten centimeters (7 cm very officially) of fallen snow and the fairly low temperatures.
Freezing cold in Lyon
Indeed, if the appearance of new flakes is not foreseen by the weather station installed in the Décines stadium, a rather intense cold awaits the actors of the 25th day of Ligue 1. With a temperature of – 5 ° C expected at kick-off. To avoid catching cold, OL players like those from Montpellier will have to step up their efforts. Between that and a land in perfect condition, this may be the promise of a big show between Lyon and Montpellier.
Second in Ligue 1, two points behind LOSC, the partners of Memphis Depay can temporarily seize the leading position in the event of victory against the MHSC. A good way to put pressure on Lille before the Dogues match against Brest on Sunday.