Since Thursday night we know the opponents that French clubs will face this season for the Champions League group stage. The draw held in Monaco revealed the groups and some clubs were more lucky than others like Olympique Lyonnais. Here are the reasons why it would be incomprehensible not to see Lyon pass the first round of the competition.
A group within reach
By inheriting Zenith St. Petersburg, Benfica Lisbon and Red Bull Leipzig, Lyon has inherited a rather affordable group and probably the best draw for a team placed in the hat 3. If it is important not to neglect any team, by falling in the group G OL will face the Zenith and thus avoid the biggest European behemoths like FC Barcelona, Juventus Turin or Manchester City.
In hat 2, OL again passed through the cracks avoiding teams like Tottenham, Real Madrid but also Atletico Madrid and Naples. In a hat featuring some of the biggest European teams to shoot the Benfica Lisbon is a lesser evil for OL Certainly Lyon may have pulled one of the toughest teams in hat 4, but keeps all chances to access in the round of 16
A team cut to beat its competitors
By landing in this pool, Olympique Lyonnais must have no inferiority complex as it could have been the case in other hens. The Rhone club has made a recruitment that allows him to present a strong team, despite the loss of important players like Ferland Mendy, Tanguy Ndombele or Nabil Fekir. Opposite, the Zenith who qualified through his championship deemed weaker does not seem to have elements in his team capable of shaking the OL, although it will be necessary to pay attention.
Although Benfica Lisbon has often harmed the French club in the European Cup, we can think without sufficient evidence that Olympique Lyonnais has ample means to compete with the Portuguese club. As far as Red Bull Leipzig is concerned, the current squad has nothing to do with Bundesliga's number one outsider Bayern Munich a few years ago. This is also no longer the same team that faced OM in the Europa League since she lost Naby Keita.
By negotiating the matches seriously, there is no reason to think OL can not finish in the top two of their group.