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Lyon Vs Bayern team preview ‘David and Goliath’


All the information you need on how and where to watch Olympique Lyon face Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final in Lisbon.


Olympique Lyon vs Bayern Munich: Champions League preview
Lyon’s Champions League campaign began slowly but has picked up momentum on their route to the second semi-final appearance in their history. The French side needed a late Memphis Depay equaliser to sneak through Group G behind fellow semi-finalists RB Leipzig and few gave them any hope in the knock-out stages. But a triumph on away goals over Juventus saw them reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2010, before a 3-1 win over Manchester City gave this energetic young team a spot in the final four.

They will meet a Bayern Munich side who have looked like Europe’s best for much of the 2019/20 campaign and they have dominated the Champions League so far. They topped their group without dropping a point before dispatching Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate in the last-16, with the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski involved in every goal. But most impressive of all was their dismantling of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona with an astonishing 2-8 victory over the five-time European champions. In doing so, they became the first team in Champions League history to score eight goals in a Champions League knock-out tie and the first to put eight past Barcelona since 1946.


David vs Goliath
Lyon have already eliminated the previous season’s Italian and English Champions in their run to the semi-final but Bayern will be a different proposition. They have already secured a domestic double and are unbeaten in their last 28 matches in all competitions, winning 27 of them. Hansi Flick has won 31 of his 34 games in charge and they are scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game under his leadership. In Robert Lewandowski they have the Champions League’s leading goal-scorer (14) and their total of 39 goals is comfortably clear of second-placed Paris Saint-Germain’s 22.

It is a daunting task for the team who finished seventh in Ligue 1 but they will take confidence from their form against the top sides in recent months. As well as eliminating Juventus and Manchester City they took PSG to penalties in the Coupe de France final, keeping a clean sheet against the French champions. As they showed against City, Lyon can pose a considerable threat on the break with Depay, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé. Aouar’s five assists puts him level with Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappé and Hakim Ziyech at the top of this season’s standings.

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All the latest news and information ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash between Manchester City and Lyon.

Manchester City Predicted XI vs Lyon
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Lyon Predicted XI vs Manchester City
Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal; Dubois, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Aouar, Cornet; Depay Dembele,


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Manchester City

The Champions League remains the Holy Grail for Manchester City after a decade of success and many supporters now believe that this is the year that Pep Guardiola will deliver the trophy that has eluded them. City have performed well in this year’s competition, topping their group without losing a game and beating the impressive Atalanta 5-1 back in October. Most importantly, when they came up against an experienced Real Madrid side in the last-16 they looked comfortable and beat the 13-time European champions home and away.

Crucial to those wins was Gabriel Jesus who has rarely been a first-choice under Guardiola but who has been one of City’s best performers in this year’s Champions League. The Brazilian has scored six and assisted three so far and his tireless pressing of Raphael Varane caused both goals in City’s 2-1 second leg win.

Manchester City are the only side in this year’s quarter-finals who have not yet scored from outside the penalty box. However in the 2019/20 Premier League season they recorded a league-high 18 goals from that distance, suggesting that they might be due something spectacular in Lisbon. If anyone is to get that honour it would be fitting if it was the departing David Silva, who ended his Premier League career by scoring two direct free-kicks in his final four games. The game against Lyon marks ten years and a day since the Spaniard made his first appearance for City and he will be desperate to ensure that it is not his last.


Standing in their way is a Lyon side who have become a familiar foe for City in the Champions League. In two group stage matches in the 2018/19 competition the French side had the better of Guardiola’s men, drawing 2-2 in France and beating them 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Lyon do have quality in their ranks but inconsistency, along with some trigger-happy French officials, saw them finish outside of Ligue 1’s European qualifying spots for the upcoming season. They were down in seventh when the French football season was ended in April and they will miss out on continental competition for the first time since 1997, unless they can upset the odds and lift this year’s Champions League. They certainly seem motivated for the task in the last round as they knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus on away goals. It was the first time the Portuguese forward had been eliminated at that stage since Real Madrid’s 2009/10 campaign, where they were also eliminated by Lyon.

Their chances of springing a surprise are very dependent on the performance of Memphis Depay who has been in fine form for them this season. The Dutchman has been involved in 17 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, and has scored six from six in the Champions League. Lyon are not a high-scoring team and his tally accounts for two-thirds of their total goals in Europe this year, making him the one-to-watch for the City defence.


Manchester City vs Lyon: Injuries and Suspensions
Guardiola confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Friday evening that Sergio Agüero is still in Barcelona, recovering from the knee injury that he suffered in June. Jesus seems certain to keep his place in the side with Agüero looking increasingly unlikely to feature again this season.

The midfield trio of Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne who started against Real Madrid should keep their places ahead of Bernado Silva and David Silva. However Benjamin Mendy, suspended for their last fixture, could well return at left-back in place of João Cancelo.

Lyon boss Rudi Garcia has a full squad to select from as the club look to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for just the second time in their history. Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is yet to score in this season’s Champions League but has been in good form in Ligue 1 and may return to the side having been benched against Juventus.


Manchester City vs Lyon: What the managers said
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
“We saw [Lyon’s] games against Juventus, some other games in the French league. They are organised, aggressive, so fast. People up front, wing backs, the quality in the team is something else. This is a quarter-final. It won’t be easy.

Rudi Garcia (Lyon)
“Of course we do have greater desire, greater appetite but Man City are naturally favourites for this tie. The start of the Champions League quarter-finals has shown the odds can be overturned. We hope tomorrow night based on what we’ve seen on the first two matches the two outsiders might be able to overturn the odds.”

Man City vs Lyon prediction
As Garcia rightly points out, the first two quarter-finals have shown that the underdogs have nothing to fear with only 90 minutes standing between them and a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Lyon have caused City problems in the recent past but with so many attacking options at Guardiola’s disposal and the confidence from their victory over Real Madrid, City will expect to make it through to the final four. 3-1.

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Lyon advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon after beating Juventus on away goals despite defeat in the second leg.

Match Events

12′ DEPAY SCORES! It’s a confident spot-kick from the captain as he gets his side an important away goal. Szczesny dives to his right but Depay goes straight down the middle with a panenka. 1-0 Lyon! (2-0 on aggregate).

43′ RONALDO SCORES! It’s a confident run up from Ronaldo and he sends Lopes the wrong way as he sidefoots his shot into the bottom-right corner to pull one back for Juventus. 1-1! (2-1 Lyon on aggregate).

60′ RONALDO SCORES! It’s a brilliant finish from Ronaldo as he gets the ball on the edge of the box and he curls his shot around the Lyon defender. Lopes gets a hand to it, but there’s nothing he can do to stop it finding the back of the net. 2-1 Juventus! (2-2 on aggregate).



Juventus XI: Ronaldo, Bonucci, Higuain, Szczesny, Pjanic, Cuadrado, Sandro, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Bentancur, De Ligt

Subs: Buffon, Matuidi, Chiellini, Ramsey, Danilo, Pinsoglio, Rugani, Dybala, Demiral, M. Olivieri, Simone Muratore

Lyon XI: Marcelo, Anthony Lopes, Marcal, Depay, Ekambi, Cornet, Dubois, Denayer, Guimaraes, Aouar, Caqueret

Subs: Tatarusanu, Rafael, Traore, Mendes, Tete, Andersen, M Dembele, Adelaide, Jean Lucas, Bard, Cherki, Diomande.

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Juventus vs Lyon Line-ups: Higuain & Ronaldo lead, Dybala & Ramsey on Subs

Starting XI: Szczesny, Cuadrado, De Ligt, Bonucci, Sandro, Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot, Bernardeschi, Higuain, Ronaldo.

Subs: Buffon, Ramsey, Danilo, Muratore, Matuidi, Dybala, Pinsoglio, Demiral, Chiellini, Olivieri, Rugani.

Starting XI: Lopes, Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal, Dubois, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Aouar, Cornet, Toko Ekambi, Memphis.

Subs: Tatarusanu, Andersen, Dembele, Traore, Mendes, Rafael, Reine-Adelaide, Diomande, Lucas, Cherki, Tete, Bard.

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Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal tracking Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar


Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal tracking Lyon Midfielder Houssem Aouar

Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are preparing for a three-way Premier League tussle for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer, according to reports.

The 21-year-old is one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Europe and has emerged as a key player for Lyon in recent seasons.

He is expected to finally leave the club this summer though and three of England’s leading sides are in the race to secure his signature in a £65million deal, it is claimed.

According to The Sun, Liverpool, City and Arsenal are stepping up efforts to sign Aouar, who has been ‘scouted by all of the Premier League’s elite’.

It is claimed Jurgen Klopp has identified Aouar as a long-term option in midfield as he looks to replace veteran duo James Milner and Adam Lallana this summer.

Lallana is out of contract at the end of the season while Milner, at 34, is in the final stage of his career. Naby Keita has also been plagued with a number of injury concerns at Anfield and could be sold to free up funds for a replacement.

City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has not hidden his admiration for Aouar in the past. Speaking after City beat Lyon in the Champions League last season, he said: ‘Houssem is a very good player. He is incredible.

‘He is excellent. He is always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.’

Arsenal have also entered the race but their financial position may put them behind in the running with Mikel Arteta’s budget to be focused on strengthening his squad, rather than investing in one star name.

Aouar has also caught the eye of potential suitors across Europe with Juventus interested, according to L’Equipe.

He made the decision to not leave Lyon last summer as he wanted to try and force his way into France’s EURO 2020 squad. However, with the tournament postponed for 12 months due to the coronavirus crisis, he is reportedly looking for a move away.

For the midfielder, the main concern with a move to City would be their potential two-year ban from the Champions League due to financial fair play breaches.

However, if the ban does not stand then Aouar is said to be excited at the prospect of working under Pep Guardiola and joining the Premier League.

Both players have mightily impressed this season in Ligue 1, with Dembele scoring 16 goals in 27 matches and Aouar grabbing a handful of goals and assists


Juventus Shouldn’t Hesitate in Trying to Sign Lyon Dynamo Houssem Aouar

Top of Serie A despite the league actually being competitive this year? Check. In a great position to reach the Coppa Italia final? Check. Giorgio Chiellini now back to full fitness after a long-term knee injury? Check.

On the surface, things aren’t looking too bad for Juventus, fine in fact.

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Serie A: Lyon ended Juve’s 22 games unbeaten streak

In the intervening 24 years, Juventus has reached the European Cup final five times and lost five times.

That’s one of the reasons the Serie A side recruited Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 128 goals in the Champions League and won the tournament once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.

But Lyon had the measure of Ronaldo in this game, crowding him out as Juventus struggled to find their rhythm, especially in the first half.

The home side made a nervy start, but led by the artistry of Houssem Aouar in midfield — at one point the 21-year-old cheekily nutmegged Paulo Dybala — Lyon were deservedly ahead at the break.

Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to extend his remarkable Champions League record in Lyon.

Aouar created the goal, crossing for Lucas Tousart who provided an acrobatic finish. The goal was enough to hand Lyon its first ever win over Juve and ended the Italian club’s manager Maurizio Sarri 22-match unbeaten run in European games.

Last season Sarri coached Chelsea, guiding the Premier League team to victory in the Europa league.

“We always thought we were capable of unsettling Juventus and we did just that with a lot of desire,” Aouar told uefa.com.
When Tousart scored, Juve were playing with 10 men with Matthijs de Ligt off the pitch receiving treatment for a bloody head wound.

Juventus improved in the second half but Dybala miscued with a of shots and when he did find the net, the Argentine was marginally offside.

Lyon also defended superbly, keeping a close eye on Ronaldo and bravely blocking on the rare occasions Juve had the opportunity to shoot.

“We were second to every ball in the first half — I don’t know why,” Leonardo Bonucci told uefa.com. “Something went wrong with our approach, I could sense from before kick off that something had not switched on.

“We were all far from each other in the first half, making everything easy for Lyon. We need to work hard ahead of the return leg because we cannot afford another game like this in Turin.”

Lucas Tousart scores Lyon’s winning goal against Juventus.

In last season’s Champions League round of 16 stage, Juventus were beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid in the first leg, before a Ronaldo hat-trick secured the Serie A team a place in the quarterfinals, before it was knocked out by Ajax.

“We believe in ourselves,” Juve midfielder Aaron Ramsey told uefa.com. “With our fans right behind us, we can progress through to the next stages.”

The good news for Juve is that Ronaldo’s goalscoring record in the knockout stages is unparallelled.

According to statistics provider Opta, of the seven players with 50+ goals competition, Ronaldo is the only one to have scored more goals in the knockout stages (65) than in the group phase (63).

The second leg will take place at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on March 17.


Lyon President Delivers Transfer Update on Man Utd & Chelsea Target Moussa Dembele

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed the club will not stand in the way of any player who wishes to leave, including Manchester United and Chelsea target Moussa Dembele.

United were rumoured to be interested in bringing the former Celtic man to Old Trafford last month as they searched for reinforcements following the injury sustained by Marcus Rashford.

Chelsea were linked with a late move for Dembele last month, though previously revealed the Frenchman would not leave the Ligue 1 side during the winter window.

Moussa Dembele

Dembele has been in sensational form yet again this season, notching 13 goals in 23 games in Ligue 1. Despite the former France Under-21 star’s move to the Premier League failing to materialise, Aulas has confirmed players looking to leave the club will not be forcefully stopped from doing so.

“We already have a certain number of offers for our players for summer,” Aulas said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News. “We sell the players who want to leave to where they want to go.”

Rashford’s injury left United light up top, with Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood the only fit senior forwards at the club. Their quest for frontline back-up eventually resulted in the deadline day signing of former Watford man Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo is yet to feature for the club and is believed to have been training away from the squad due to fears regarding his health, having recently arrived from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.


Ahead of Monday’s vital trip to Chelsea, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he is keen to involve Ighalo with the squad.

“He is going to travel with us [for the Chelsea game],” Solskjaer said. “We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp. We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.”

United sit eighth in the Premier League, six points behind Chelsea who occupy the final Champions League spot.


Mourinho set to place high bid for moussa dembele as to decline chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho is set to hijack the bid of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to sign 23-year-old forward, Moussa Dembele from Lyon, according to Goal.

Mourinho has been attracted to Dembele because of his excellent goalscoring record for his French Ligue 1 club.

Dembele has drawn interest from Lampard over the past few days.

Chelsea are set to offer striker, Olivier Giroud and cash to Lille in a bid to sign Dembele in this January’s transfer window.

The Blues have reportedly agreed on personal terms with Dembele to move to Stamford Bridge this month.

But Mourinho is keen to strengthen his attacking options after his number one striker, Harry Kane sustained a hamstring injury on his left leg that will keep him out of action until April.

Kane, who has eleven Premier League goals so far this term, limped off during their 1-0 defeat in the Premier League at Southampton on New Year’s Day.

Dembele has scored 13 goals for Lyon so far this season but the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas said this week that Dembele was not for sale this month.

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“Moussa Dembele will not leave because he wants to stay to win something with Lyon,” Aulas said

“There have been offers for him and for other players but none of those that we want to keep will leave in January.”