Despite the call from several OL players to come and support them at Groupama Stadium, 22,774 spectators had come to fill the stands at the Décines stadium for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final (3-2). The day after a Championship match for the men’s team against Montpellier (5-2), it was undoubtedly complicated to fill the enclosure, which can contain 59,186 people.
The Parc des Princes will not be far from filling up for the return leg. On Friday evening, the 40,000 ticket mark had been crossed (out of a total capacity of 47,929 seats). The women’s team will smash its attendance record (27,262), which dated from March 30 when Bayern Munich received in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (2-2 ap, 2-1 at the to go).
We should even have a new French record for a women’s football club match, which dated from November 2019 for an OL-PSG in D1: 30,661 people were present for the victory of the Lyonnaises (1-0). “I still hope for a magical evening, PSG captain Grace Geyoro enthused on Friday. It warms our hearts to see that all these people came to encourage us. It’s going to be up to us to return the favor on the pitch. We will give 200%.
Lyon side, we assure not to fear this atmosphere, which could be intimidating. “It’s an additional motivation to play in front of a large crowd in a big stadium, said right-back Ellie Carpenter. I think it makes the game better. We are ready for it. » Sonia Bompastor, her coach, believes that the experience of her players will allow them to manage this parameter perfectly. “We played matches where there was already an atmosphere in favor of our opponent, at Levante (2-1) at the very beginning of the season, she recalled. At Juventus (1-2) also. We prepared ourselves this week for this environment. »
As he recounted on Friday, Didier Ollé-Nicolle had dreamed, at the start of the season, of a full Park for his team, without really believing it. His wish is granted but he asked his players not to “play the match before”. “You have to stay fresh, not to be particularly anxious about a full stadium, on the contrary”, advised the Parisian coach.