Manchester City and Lyon meet in Lisbon on Saturday evening with a Champions League semi-final berth on the line.
Both clubs have reached the last four once before with City’s being more recent, back then Manuel Pellegrini’s side were dumped out by eventual winners Real Madrid, it proved to be his final European game in charge as Pep Guardiola soon took over the reins.
The two-time winning coach, both titles coming with boyhood club Barcelona, has reached the quarter-final stage in two of his three previous seasons. On both occasions they’d be eliminated by a Premier League foe (Liverpool and Tottenham).
As the only English team left in the Champions League, they won’t have to worry about that happening again, but all the pressure will be on them as Lyon has nothing to lose and everything to gain from this showdown. The French side made it as far as the semis in 2010, where Bayern Munich humbled them, and haven’t come anywhere close to repeating that feat since. Rudi Garcia’s side are 90 minutes away from changing that, however.
Where to live stream the Man City v Lyon:
US: FuboTV* host TUDN, which is broadcasting the Champions League live on Saturday. Those without a Fubo account already who are interested in streaming Man City v Lyon can do so while taking advantage of their seven-day free trial by following the simple steps below.
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UK: Those with BT Sport subscription can visit their website or app.
Where to watch Man City v Lyon on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1, BT Sport Extra 1
- US: CBS All Access
Man City v Lyon confirmed lineups and live stats:
Teams and in-game stats will appear above once the lineups are released.
Previous XIs and pre-match team news:
- Man City (vs Real Madrid): Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Foden, Jesus.
- Lyon (vs Juventus): Lopes; Marçal, Denayer*, Marcelo; Dubois, Aouar, Caqueret, Guimarães, Cornet*; Depay, Toko Ekambi.
Pep Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns ahead of their semi-final showdown with Sergio Aguero still missing from his squad. Lyon, meanwhile, are sweating over the availability of Jason Denayer, Maxwel Cornet and Kenny Tete.
Players to watch:
Man City: If they are to create even more history, City will need to find another virtuoso performance among their array of stars. The good news for manager Guardiola is if one has a bad game, another steps up. During their 2019/20 league campaign, it seemed Kevin De Bruyne was their go-to man, but it’s not been quite the case in Europe. That honour has seemingly belonged to Gabriel Jesus, whose latest strike against Real Madrid saw him score in three consecutive Champions League matches. His assist in that game, for Sterling, means he’s now been involved in nine goals. That’s more than any City player in this season’s competition.
According to Opta, a goal against Lyon would see Jesus become just the third player to score in three separate Champions League knockout matches in a single campaign for City after Sergio Agüero and Raheem Sterling (both in 2018/19).
Lyon: Very few expected Lyon to get this far but the recent postponement of football has inadvertently helped Rudi Garcia, who can once again count on his mercurial star Memphis Depay, and the Dutch forward stepped up in Turin scoring the pivotal away goal to send the Ligue 1 outfit to their first Champions League semi-final in over a decade. Depay wasn’t expected to play again this season after sustaining a serious knee injury in December 2019.
Before that, he’d manage 14 goals across 18 appearances, and his goal against Juventus saw him move onto six goals in this season’s competition with a strike coming in every game Depay has played to date.
Scoreline prediction: Man City 2-1 Lyon
Champions League 2019/20 recent form:
- Man City: DDWWW
- Lyon: WLDWL