Lyon vs. Paris Saint-Germain: 6 Things We Learned

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Lyon vs. Paris Saint-Germain: 6 Things We Learned
Laurent Cipriani

Paris Saint-Germain slipped to only their second defeat of the season in Ligue 1 with Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade Gerland.

Following their UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea earlier in the week, the French champions succumbed to a second consecutive defeat in all competitions. Jordan Ferri’s superb 31st-minute goal was enough for the hosts, but Remi Garde’s side should arguably have won by a greater margin.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc’s position was under intense scrutiny before the match after an inept performance at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, but that pressure has increased a notch following this defeat.

In terms of the capital club’s title position, it will realistically change little. The Parisians are still 10 points clear of second-placed AS Monaco, but will just have to wait that little bit longer to secure a second successive Ligue 1 crown. There are five matches left to the season.

Blanc was disappointed by his side’s performance, particularly the lack of potency going forward, but he can have few complaints about the result. Lyon were the better side and performed admirably, despite a number of absentees in preparation for next week’s rematch in the Coupe de la Ligue final.

"We thought we'd digested being knocked out of the Champions League but given our performance here that was not the case," Blanc revealed after the final whistle. "We need to do it quickly as we've got the final of the Coupe de la Ligue coming up."

"My attackers weren't clinical enough in front of goal here. I don't think the system was at fault, we just didn't take our chances. I don't think our problem was physical and we need to refocus on the club's objectives."

Here are six things we learned from OL’s 1-0 win.

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