Mon, 28 Sep 2020

They missed Kylian Mbappe, who was crocked in the French Cup final a week earlier, suffering an ankle injury that could rule him out against Atalanta.

In his absence, Mauro Icardi was poor through the middle of the Paris attack and they only claimed victory thanks to Pablo Sarabia's sudden-death penalty in the shoot-out.

"We are optimistic for Kylian. We saw that he can walk now, he is young and he is a real professional," said Herrera.

"He really wants to play (against Atalanta) and is working every day, morning and night.

"Of course his presence is important and we hope he will play."

Mbappe is not the only worry - defensive duo Marquinhos and Thiago Silva came off with cramp, while full-back Layvin Kurzawa hobbled off in the second half.

In any case, PSG claimed their fourth domestic treble in six years, underlining the extent of their domination of French football under Qatari ownership.

Lyon used to be top dogs but this defeat saw their silverware drought go on. They have not won a trophy since the French Cup in 2012, a year after the Qataris arrived and changed the footballing landscape in the country.

Rudi Garcia's team, who had Brazilian defender Rafael sent off late in extra time, were a disappointing seventh when the league season was curtailed and will miss out on European football next season for the first time in 24 years.

Unless, that is, they can go on and win the Champions League in Lisbon on 23 August.

OL visit Juventus next Friday in their long-delayed last 16 second leg, defending a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

"We will need to do better to score in Turin but this is a good base for us to work on," insisted Garcia.

"It is important that we keep our heads up and keep in mind the things we did well in order to go on and qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals."

If they do see off Juventus, they will face Manchester City or Real Madrid in the last eight.

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