Even if the temptation is strong, we will start singing, not the chorus of " we told you so ". The truth of a chronicle is not necessarily that of another. But the facts are there : two French clubs have managed to qualify for the semi-finals of the champions League. A never-before-seen. By eliminating difficulty, the Atalanta (2-1) and Manchester City (3-1) Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique lyonnais took advantage of the new formula of the Cup of Europe, imposed by the Covid-19. And they can thank Edward Philip.
On April 28, at the tribune of the national Assembly, the Prime minister announced that the League 1, suspended for two months, will not restart. The critics abound. France would prove this decision to be unconscionable, it is not a country of football. Over the weeks, we gloss on the decision of Edward Philip and the governing bodies of French football. Especially abroad, it is carbide. Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Lyon non-european, screams of scandal. Our fellow-members of The Team were "Like idiots ?" to lambast the choice of League 1 and to stop at the 28th day, while our neighbours at play. Two months later, we smile.
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no provision for the championship of France, Lyon and PSG have been able to keep their players – we have seen the psychodrama Mbappé in the final of the League Cup – and especially prepare. Olympique lyonnais returned to training in early June and was able to work physically and tactically. It intends to set up a small music : the end of the Ligue 1 has nothing to do, since Germany, which has also placed two clubs in the last square, resumed. It is true, but... the last day took place on 26 June when the clubs Spanish, Italian, and English continued their marathon football until mid-July. Like the French, the Germans were able to prepare well for this great appointment of the " Final 8 ".
beyond their own difficulties, some teams have been pushed physically. This was the case of the Atalanta, who had legs cut off in the second period of time ; ditto for Atletico Madrid against Leipzig. Manchester City, like Juventus, has been unable to pass the superior speed to outflank the Lyonnais. "We can't say that they were all happy not to play, but it is clear that they were very well prepared, perfectly summarized in The Parisian the president of the French football Federation Christmas Graët. PSG and OL have enjoyed the rest and have put in place a second cycle of preparation, physical copy. And as mentally and technically, they have nothing to envy to anyone, it went very well. "
The prophets of doom who were concerned for the good form of our two representatives in the European Cup are for their costs. And from Le Havre, who has missed the rise in Ligue 1 this season, Édouard Philippe, one can enjoy his victory. An argument for a future election campaign ? Well, this is the professional football League is seeking a president...