After the great success of PSG on Friday against Montpellier (4-0), Lille and Lyon were under pressure this Sunday to stay in contact with the leader and keep Monaco at bay.
Lyon crushed a team of Saint-Etienne too diminished 5-0, while Lille managed an excellent operation by winning 1-0 in Rennes.
Lyon without mercy for the Greens
For the first time since 1957, OL have won more derbies than their hated neighbor, ASSE.
45 for Lyon, 44 for Saint-Etienne.
Sunday evening, in a cauldron transformed into an ice cube, the Rhone residents outclassed the Stéphanois (5-0).
There has never been a match, there has never been a derby as the Lyonnais devoured their opponent, outclassing him head and shoulders.
Even in 2017, when the Gones had humiliated the Greens in Geoffroy-Guichard (5-0), with the famous celebration of Fekir, the gap was not as abysmal between the two formations as on Sunday evening.
Sainté, who had won only one of his ... last 17 Ligue 1 games, was too much reduced (10 absent including 7 for Covid) to even compete with an OL in steamroller mode.
An OL out for a walk.
Surprised by Metz (0-1 defeat) last Sunday, Lyon resumed its forward march.
Always carried by his very good collective.
Rudi Garcia's men did not even have to force their talent.
Two doubles from Tino Kadewere (16th, 68th) and Marcelo (36th, 59th) then a goal against his camp of Bouanga (82nd) punctuated the festival of Gones.
More than ever, they are in the race.
At the podium, it's obvious.
And maybe more.
Lyon dream of a title of champion of France since 2008… But beware, because the Lyonnais have two competitors, pointed at two units: Paris and Lille…
The explosion of joy and the effusions between Christophe Galtier and his staff on the Lille bench do not deceive.
Thanks to the 4th goal this season from the Canadian Jonathan David, Lille won their 6th away victory and achieved a superb accounting operation.
The Mastiffs return to the height of PSG and pushes Rennes, direct competitor for the podium, to 9 points.
The former Rennes residents, Olivier Letang and Sylvain Armand, new president and sports coordinator of Losc, make a winning comeback at Roazhon Park.
This match shows that beyond the talent of its offensive players (Bamba, Ikoné, Yazici, Yilmaz, David…), this group has a solidity and a character likely to allow it to travel far.
From there to pushing PSG to its limits?
"If we are so happy, it is not because we are behind Paris but because we have come to win here, believes Galtier.
Historically it is never easy to win in Rennes, especially as they were on a good dynamic with a series of 7 games without defeat.
We sometimes suffered, but we defended well.
Now, this success will only make sense if we beat Dijon next Sunday.
For the moment, we only think about that.
A cautious speech also taken up by his players like captain José Fonte who dares the well-worn formula of "we take match after match".
"It's good to be with PSG, we're happy to be there, we want to stay there, but the pressure is left to others," adds the central defender.
Same feeling for the middle Benjamin André.
“It's a well negotiated turning point.
Of course we glue back in Paris, but being champion is not possible.
"We don't have to take the Lille people at their word ...