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PSG suffered their first defeat of the Ligue 1 season at Lyon on Sunday night but they are a different proposition in Paris
PSG’s visit to Lyon on Sunday night wasn’t just about PSG and Lyon. For both sides, this free-wheeling encounter foreshadowed their knockout ties in the Champions League. Lyon’s youthful and exuberant forward line gave PSG an idea of the threat they will face against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s rejuvenated Manchester United next week; and PSG’s superior quality, ability to dominate possession and fluid attacking quartet gave Lyon an opportunity to test themselves against a force and a style comparable to Barcelona. Worryingly for Ernesto Valverde and an infuriated Thomas Tuchel, exuberance won out.
Recent meetings between France’s top sides – when played outside of Paris – have been dramatic. Neymar’s dismissal in Le Classique, Monaco’s 6-1 of Marseille and Memphis Depay’s later winner and the ensuing tunnel brawl have punctuated the seasons with pivotal plot points. Lyon in particular have developed a knack of bloodying Parisian noses at Parc OL. Sunday night was no different.