Saturday, 15 August 2020

Match Preview: Manchester City vs Lyon

 Big Match Feature: Man City v Lyon

Manchester City's third successive Uefa Champions League quarterfinal pits them against an Olympique Lyonnais side competing at this stage for the first time in a decade.

Both clubs ousted heavyweight opponents in the round of 16, City beating 13-time European champions Real Madrid 2-1 in both legs while Lyon held on in Turin to eliminate Juventus on away goals.

The prize on offer for both clubs at Lisbon's Estádio José Alvalade is a second appearance in the semifinals. City's sole previous last-four tie came in 2015/16, when they lost to Madrid, while Lyon were beaten by Bayern back in 2009/10.

Previous Meetings

In their only previous fixtures the teams were paired together in the 2018/19 group stage, Lyon springing a surprise with a 2-1 win in Manchester on Matchday 1 – City's last home defeat in the competition. Goals from Maxwel Cornet (26) and Nabil Fekir (43) earned victory at the City of Manchester Stadium despite Bernardo Silva's second-half strike for the home side.

Lyon were close to making it a famous double in the reverse fixture in France, Sergio Agüero's 83rd-minute equaliser earning the visitors a 2-2 draw two minutes after Cornet had given Lyon the lead for the second time on the night. Cornet had also opened the scoring in the 55th minute, Aymeric Laporte levelling for City seven minutes later.

Both sides made it through from Group F, City winning the section on 13 points – five more than OL. The French club were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Barcelona in the round of 16, while City put ten goals past Schalke only to bow out on away goals to Tottenham in the last eight.

Form Guide

Manchester City

• City's record in European Cup quarterfinals is W1 L2:

2018/19 Tottenham L 4-4 away goals (0-1 a, 4-3 h)

2017/18 Liverpool L 1-5 (0-3 a, 1-2 h)

2015/16 Paris Saint-Germain W 3-2 (2-2 a, 1-0 h)

Having lost quarterfinals to Tottenham and Liverpool in each of the last two seasons, City have not been eliminated by a non-English club since going out on away goals to French club Monaco in the 2016/17 round of 16 (5-3 h, 1-3 a).

This is the Citizens' ninth Uefa Champions League campaign and their seventh successive knockout appearance.

City picked up 14 points in Group C to finish seven clear at the top, winning four of their six games, before beating Madrid 4-2 on aggregate in the round of 16.

City have scored 34 goals in their last 12 Uefa Champions League matches; since losing at home to Lyon on Matchday 1 last season their record is W13 D3 L1 with 49 goals scored and 16 conceded.

Josep Guardiola's side have won their last three matches in the Uefa Champions League knockout phase. They have been victorious in 14 of their last 23 European matches, home and away, losing six.

City's record against French clubs is W2 D3 L2, with 12 goals both scored and conceded.

Both wins came in Manchester, in their two previous knockout ties against Ligue 1 opponents. Kevin De Bruyne's goal secured a 1-0 victory, and 3-2 aggregate success, at home to Paris Saint-Germain at this stage of the 2015/16 Uefa Champions League; the Belgian and Fernandinho had both found the net in France.

City's other home knockout tie against a French side was that 5-3 defeat of Monaco in the 2016/17 round of 16, with Sergio Agüero scoring twice and Raheem Sterling and John Stones once apiece; Guardiola's side would bow out on away goals, however, after a 3-1 loss in France.

This is City's second match in Lisbon, their sole previous visit a 1-0 defeat by Sporting CP at the Estádio José Alvalade in the 2011/12 Uefa Europa League round of 16 first leg that set up an aggregate defeat on away goals (3-2 h). That made City's record in Portugal overall W1 D1 L1.

• City's record in two Uefa penalty shoot-outs is W2 L0:

4-2 v Midtjylland, 2008/09 Uefa Cup second qualifying round

4-3 v Aalborg, 2008/09 Uefa Cup round of 16


• Lyon's record in European Cup quarterfinals is W1 L3:

2009/10 Bordeaux W 3-2 (3-1 h, 0-1 a)

2005/06 AC Milan L 1-3 (0-0 h, 1-3 a)

2004/05 PSV Eindhoven L 2-4 penalties (1-1 h, 1-1 a)

2003/04 Porto L 2-4 (0-2 a, 2-2 h)

OL have therefore won only one of their eight previous quarterfinal matches (D4 L3) and none of the six against foreign opposition.

Lyon's 2005 quarterfinal defeat by PSV Eindhoven was the first two-legged Uefa Champions League tie to be decided on penalties.

This season, Lyon squeezed into the last 16 as Group G runners-up having picked up eight points from their six games, one more than both Benfica and Zenit. Away from home, OL won 2-0 at eventual section winners Leipzig before losing at Benfica (1-2) and Zenit (0-2). They were 1-0 winners at home to Juventus in the round of 16 second leg and went through on away goals after losing 2-1 in Turin.

The first leg against Juventus was Lyon's first win in the Uefa Champions League knockout rounds since a 1-0 firstleg victory against Apoel in February 2012; Les Gones went on to lose that last-16 tie on penalties.

The defeat at Juve was only Lyon's fifth loss in their last 20 European matches (W7 D8). It is five defeats in 13 away matches (W5 D3), with losses in each of the last three.

When Lyon's Rayan Cherki came on as a substitute at Zenit on Matchday 5, he became, at 16 years 102 days, the second youngest player to appear in the Uefa Champions League – after Celestine Babayaro, who was aged 16 years 87 days when he played for Anderlecht against Olympiacos in November 1994.

This is Lyon's 16th Uefa Champions League campaign – four more than any other French club – and fourth in five seasons.

Lyon have lost only one of their last eight matches against Premier League clubs (W4 D3). The home draw against City last season ended a three-game winning run against English teams.

OL's record in knockout ties against English clubs is W2 L3; their most recent ended in a 3-2 aggregate defeat by Tottenham in the 2012/13 Uefa Europa League round of 32 (1-2 a, 1-1 h).

Lyon's sole previous Uefa Champions League tie against an English club was a 2-1 aggregate loss to City's neighbours Manchester United in the 2007/08 round of 16 (1-1 h, 0-1 a).

Les Gones have already visited Lisbon this season, going down 2-1 at Benfica on Matchday 3. That made their record in the city D1 L2, the draw coming at Sporting CP at the old Estádio José Alvalade in the 1963/64 European Cup Winners' Cup semifinal second leg, a tie Lyon went on to lose in a replay. Lyon have won two of their seven Uefa fixtures in Portugal (D1 L4), all against local sides.

• Lyon's record in three Uefa penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2:

2-4 v PSV Eindhoven, 2004/05 Uefa Champions League quarterfinal

3-4 v Apoel, 2011/12 Uefa Champions League round of 16

7-6 v Besiktas, 2016/17 Uefa Europa League quarterfinal

Links and Trivia

Guardiola's Barcelona side beat Lyon in the round of 16 of their victorious 2008/09 Uefa Champions League campaign, winning 5-2 at the Camp Nou after a 1-1 draw at Lyon's old Stade de Gerland home.

This is Guardiola's tenth Uefa Champions League quarterfinal, and his third with City. He reached the same number with Bayern between 2014 and 2016 and four while Barcelona coach from 2008 to 2012.

Jason Denayer joined City aged 18 in July 2013; he was on the club's books until leaving for Lyon in 2018, but never made a first-team appearance, having loan spells at Celtic, Galatasaray twice and Sunderland.

Moussa Dembélé scored twice in Celtic's 3-3 Uefa Champions League group stage draw with City in September 2016.

Dembélé missed a penalty as France claimed a 2-1 win against England in the 2019 Uefa European Under-21 Championship group stage, Phil Foden opening the scoring for England; Jeff Reine-Adélaïde was also in the France line-up, setting up his team's equaliser.

• Have played in France:

Benjamin Mendy (Le Havre 2010–13, Marseille 2013–16, Monaco 2016/17)

Bernardo Silva (Monaco, 2014–17)

Riyad Mahrez (Le Havre, 2011–13)

Aymeric Laporte was born in Agen in south-west France but, after spells with local sides SU Agen (2000–09) and Bayonne (2009/10), he moved to Spain aged 16 to link up with Athletic Club in 2010. 6

• Have also played in England:

Memphis Depay (Manchester United, 2015–17)

Rafael (Manchester United, 2008–15)

Bertrand Traoré (Chelsea, 2015/16)

Jeff Reine-Adélaïde (Arsenal, 2015–18)

International teammates:

Bernardo Silva, João Cancelo & Anthony Lopes (Portugal)

Ederson, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus & Rafael (Brazil)

Kevin De Bruyne & Jason Denayer (Belgium)

Benjamin Mendy & Léo Dubois (France)

On 29 August 2019 Laporte and Léo Dubois were both included in the France squad for the following month's Uefa EURO 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra although the City centre-back, who is yet to make his senior international debut, suffered a serious knee injury two days later and was subsequently sidelined for almost five months.

Latest News

Manchester City

Raheem Sterling's next appearance in the Uefa Champions League will be his 50th in the competition, group stage to final. He scored his 20th goal in the round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid, becoming the sixth English player to reach that milestone. Wayne Rooney is the top-scoring Englishman with 30 goals.

David Silva will play in his 100th Uefa club competition match when he next features. Kyle Walker made his 50th appearance in the round of 16 second leg.

Josep Guardiola's side have won six of their last seven matches in all competitions (L1), scoring 23 goals and conceding only four.

City won their last five games of the Premier League campaign, scoring 21 goals and conceding only one. After the league resumed on 17 June, City recorded eight wins – including a 4-0 victory against new champions Liverpool on 2 July – and two defeats with 34 goals scored and four conceded.

City kept ten clean sheets in their last 15 league matches.

Aymeric Laporte recorded his 50th Premier League victory in City's 5-0 home win against Norwich on 26 July, his 59th appearance in the competition; he surpassed Didier Drogba (60) to become the quickest player to 50 wins in Premier League history.

City scored 102 league goals in 2019/20; it is the fifth time they have reached a century of goals after 1936/37, 1957/58, 2013/14 and 2017/18, an English record.

Guardiola's side lost nine Premier League games this season, five more than in 2018/19, and finished in second place, 18 points behind Liverpool.

City beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the English League Cup final at Wembley on 1 March thanks to goals from Sergio Agüero and Rodri. It was the third year in a row they have won the trophy and the seventh overall; it was their fifth final in seven years with victories in all five.

City's attempt to retain the FA Cup was ended by a 2-0 semifinal loss to Arsenal at Wembley on 18 July. It was the first domestic cup tie they had lost since a 1-0 reverse at Wigan in the last 16 of the FA Cup on 19 February 2018.

Kevin De Bruyne provided 20 assists in this season's Premier League – the most in the division and a total that equalled Thierry Henry's 2002/03 record. David Silva was joint fourth on ten assists and Riyad Mahrez joint seventh on nine.

De Bruyne was directly involved in 33 Premier League goals this season (13 goals, 20 assists), the most by a central midfielder since Frank Lampard's 36 for Chelsea in 2009/10.

Agüero has not played since suffering a knee injury in the first half of City's 5-0 win against Burnley on 22 June.

City have signed Valencia's Ferrán Torres and Nathan Aké from Bournemouth this summer; neither is eligible for this season's Uefa Champions League.

On 3 July, Leroy Sané left City to join Bayern München.


Lyon are without a win in four matches in all competitions (D1 L3).

On 31 July Lyon lost 6-5 on penalties to Paris Saint-Germain after a goalless draw in the French League Cup final, Bertrand Traoré being denied by Keylor Navas in the sole failure of the shoot-out.

The game at Stade de France was the first competitive fixture for Lyon since their 1-0 Ligue 1 loss at LOSC Lille on 8 March.

Lyon returned to training in June, playing a series of six friendly games starting with a 12-0 win against Swiss side Port-Valais on 1 July and ending with a 3-2 defeat of Belgium's Antwerp on 24 July. They won five of those games, losing only to Rangers (0-2) on 16 July.

Les Gones scored 21 goals in the process, Memphis Depay hitting five.

Lyon have won only four of their last 12 official matches in all competitions (D3 L5). Following their success in the first leg against Juve, Lyon beat local rivals St-Étienne 2-0 at home on 1 March but were beaten 5-1 at home by Paris in the French Cup semifinals three days later. The latter match was the first time they had conceded five goals in a game since losing by the same scoreline at Barcelona in last season's Uefa Champions League round of 16 second leg.

Aged 16 years 176 days, Ryan Cherki became the third youngest player to start a Ligue 1 game for Lyon in the 4-2 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on 9 February.

Lyon won six of their 15 away Ligue 1 games this season (D3 L6).

Moussa Dembélé is Lyon's top scorer this season with 24 goals in all competitions, including 16 in the league; the 23-year-old struck in his first seven appearances this year and has 12 goals in 19 games in 2020.

January signing Karl Toko Ekambi scored in his first two Ligue 1 matches, but has not found the net in his last ten appearances in all competitions.

In January, Lyon signed Brazilian midfielder Camilo from Ponte Preta and Zimbabwean striker Tino Kadewere from Le Havre; both players joined the club on 30 June. Kadewere marked his first outing in a Lyon shirt with four goals against Port-Valais.

Lucas Tousart (Hertha Berlin) and Martin Terrier (Rennes) have departed OL this summer.

OL head scout Florian Maurice has also moved to Rennes, with Bruno Cheyrou taking over his role on 25 May. Former Lyon No 1 Grégory Coupet stepped down from his position as the club's goalkeeper coach to take up a similar role at Dijon; he was replaced by Christophe Revel on 2 June.

Depay, who has scored nine Ligue 1 goals this season and six in the Uefa Champions League, one on each appearance, damaged his cruciate knee ligament on 15 December; the League Cup final on 31 July marked his return to competitive action.

Jeff Reine-Adélaïde also suffered a cruciate injury in Lyon's 1-0 home defeat by Rennes on 15 December; he returned as a second-half substitute at Juventus.

Left-back Youssouf Koné, who underwent ankle surgery in December, sat out the League Cup final and the trip to Juve due to a muscular problem.


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