LE BALLON – The whole story of Lyon’s “fake match” (FC Porto)

In addition to having been eliminated in a bitter dispute for the qualification for the quarter-finals of the Europa League, FC Porto was hit by a terrible setback at the exit of Lyon, seeing the arrival at dawn of the plane which was to transport the team. at three o’clock in the morning, stay on the ground, condemned for a collapse, leading to the blue and white entourage overnight, one more night in the French city, at a time when Sérgio Conceição had no time to lose to prepare for the match with Boavista, at the Estádio do Bessa, scheduled for tomorrow.

It wasn’t just the change of plan that marked the return of the FC Porto entourage, the players suffered unexpected wear and tear and nothing timely or appropriate in the high competition, as they were stuck in the plane until almost four o’clock in the morning, seeing the failure of successive attempts to take off the plane, which, of course, also implies apprehension, boredom and obvious mental fatigue.

The starter did not respond and there was no possibility to solve or work around the problem, because the blue and white club already had an exceptional departure from Saint-Exupéry airport after midnight, the maximum limit to tear the sky in France. . Arriving in Porto at 4:22 p.m. (an hour earlier than expected, and that was the only positive), the players who were part of the Lyon operation went through the Estádio Dragão for a light recovery session.

Today, at 4 p.m., in Olival, the last step is taken with which Sérgio Conceição hopes to regenerate the troops, before handing over the scenario to Bessa.

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