Lyon returned to training on Monday, with hopefuls from the Champions League being at ease from the coronavirus crisis since mid-March.
Although the Ligue 1 season has been confirmed to be over at the end of April, leaving OL controversially seventh in the standings and therefore working with the second leg of their European tie against Juventus in mind, without a European spot for next season.
The Rhone side was boosted by the return of Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, concerning about that fixture, both of whom trained because of long-term knee injuries sustained in a clash with Rennes since December.
Lyon ‘s outstanding players this season are the two attacking midfielders, with the Dutch international. As he scored eye-catching nine times in 13 Ligue 1 matches plus five in five in the Champions League, his contract is up in the summer of 2021, particularly eye-catching.
Having dominated the opening game against Maurizio Sarri ‘s side and taking the initiative thanks to Lucas Tousart ‘s goal to join Hertha Berlin this summer, Lyon retains a 1-0 advantage in Turin before the second leg.
The first French back to work since the Ligue 1 campaign is Rudy Garcia ‘s side who ended the virus, with Lyon returning to the training pitch a full week before any of their top-flight rivals.
While PSG will also play in the Champions League, their return is scheduled for June 22 because they have already secured their passage to the quarter-finals thanks to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund – the day Bordeaux, Montpellier, Rennes, and Monaco will all return.
The pre-season will be a particularly long one for many Ligue 1 sides, with France’s top-flight not scheduled for any action until the weekend of August 23, when the 2020-21 campaign starts.
Deals will be allowed between domestic clubs as the French transfer window opened on Monday, to ease any sides’ financial anxieties straining under the pressure imposed by a lack of action over the past three months.