Our prediction for this Coupe de la Ligue match:
Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyon take on each other in the Coupe de la Ligue final as French football returns after the coronavirus break. Les Parisiens failed to win the League Cup trophy last term, and, no doubt, they are eager to regain the title. Thomas Tuchel’s troops have been scoring goals for fun in pre-season friendlies, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to win Friday’s showdown at Stade de France.
Les Gones, on the other hand, are eyeing their first Coupe de la Ligue title since 2001, but they will have a big fish to fry against the star-studded French giants. Even though pacey attacker Kylian Mbappe misses the title game with injury, we are tempted to put our money on the Saints. Defender Thilo Kehrer is yet another absentee in the home team, while Juan Bernat is rated doubtful for the clash.
Highlighted Player (Angel di Maria):
Angel Di Maria is a professional footballer who played for Argentine side Rosario Central at the start of his senior career. The left-footed winger is very quick on the ball and he often makes life difficult for opposition defenders. After playing for Benfica between 2007 and 2010, the Argentine superstar signed for Real Madrid on 28 June, 2010 for a fee of €25 million + €11 million in bonuses.
Despite impressing with los Blancos in the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign, the club chiefs decided to sell him to Manchester United on 26 August, 2014. Di Maria was playing below expectations at Old Trafford and he scored three goals in 27 league games for the Red Devils.
In 2015 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain and he scored 10 goals in 29 league appearances for les Parisiens in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign. In 2014 he won the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and that is considered the biggest success of his career. Angel Di Maria was born in Rosario on 14 February, 1988.
Highlighted Team (Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.