Manchester City vs Lyon – Champions League- Manchester City and Lyon face off on the match that closes out the UEFA Champions League’s quarter finals.
Manchester City vs Lyon –And that defines the last team to go through to the semi finals of the biggest club competition in the world. The match will take place in Lisbon, at the José Alvalade Stadium, where Sporting usually plays.
Manchester City is coming off a qualification over Real Madrid, having won the 2 matches by 2-1 and with Pep Guardiola making some changes that caught many people by surprise on this 2nd match, played at the Etihad.
Pep chose Fernandinho as Laporte’s teammate in defence, besides having maintained João Cancelo improvised on the left, as he had done on the previous matches of the season, putting Foden on the starting lineup. The Englishman played as a false 9 in midfield, with Gabriel Jesus open on the right.
That way, they played with: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte and João Cancelo; Rodri, Gündogan and De Bruyne; Gabriel Jesus, Foden and Sterling.
The performance analyst Leonardo Miranda made a beautiful tactical reading and I want to share it with you guys: “The high pressure started by the three attackers. Instead of closing the area of effect from the two full backs, as it is expected by the wingers, they were focused on closing spaces down the middle.
The idea was not to let the trio Varane-Militão-Casemiro play. Mendy came to pick up the initiative less, which allowed Sterling to focus on Militão and Foden to take up the space from Varane and Courtois. Gabriel Jesus was also essential because he covered the entire right side and neutralized Casemiro, Carvajal and the defender as well.
Pep knew that Varane, despite being a great defender, wasn’t as good as Sergio Ramos when starting the initiative, but Ramos had been sent off in the 1st leg.
The high block was guided to play for that side, which could increase the chances of a mistake and a quick recovery from the bal.” Guardiola continues to evolve. Without ever losing his essence, he adds new ideas to his playstyle so that City can reach their great objective: the Champions League.
Lyon is coming off a surprising qualification against the almighty Juventus from Cristiano Ronaldo and Rudi Garcia’s team shows no intentions of stopping.
Although they’re not that dominant team on the domestic scene they once were in the decade of 2000, Lyon have conditions to advance and try to accomplish something bigger, because this is a very unusual season and nothing stops the French side from shocking the world.
Against Juventus, Lyon didn’t show anything new. Rudi Garcia was already suggesting that he would utilize a formation with 3 defenders since the pre-season matches.
In the same way they faced Paris Saint-German exactly a week ago. In any case, a slight change on the starting lineups caught my attention.
The goal scorer Moussa Dembélé was replaced and started from the bench, giving place to Karl Toko-Ekambi under the justification he was an attacker with more mobility and that could perform better on the counter attacks, strategy adopted to leave Turin with the qualification.
Lyon managed to advance, even losing by 2-1. The away goal scored by Memphis Depay through a penalty was crucial for them to maintain the advantage and seal their ticket to Portugal.
On paper, Manchester City’s roster is very superior to Lyon’s. Pep Guardiola reinvents his team on each match, looking for the great objective that is winning the Champions League.
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Manchester City vs Lyon – Betting Tips:
Rudi Garcia will mount a defensive strategy in Lisbon, which means we should see them trying to prolong the 0-0 until the final stretch of the encounter, but I think that won’t be successful and the French will say goodbye to the competition.
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