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Who will play? Who will not play? A few hours before the Champions League quarter-finals between Manchester City and Lyon, we unveil the trends …

Manchester city remains a good memory for Lyon in LDC. In 2018 during the group stage, the French outclassed the Cityzens at the Etihad Stadium (1-2) before drawing a draw in the return leg in the Rhône (2-2). In addition to a bitter memory, the English undoubtedly dread OL who eliminated in the previous round the Juventus of Cristiano Ronaldo. To overcome the Lyon obstacle this Saturday in quarters (9pm), Pep Guardiola should not however change his habits.

Effective in the absence of Sergio Agüero, Gabriel Jesus will be Manchester’s striker. The other scorer in the return leg against Real Madrid, Raheem Sterling, will in all likelihood accompany him with the surprise of the end of the season, Phil Foden. Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silvo are expected to start again as luxury replacements. Like David Silva. Ilkay Gündogan being preferred to him in a role of midfielder with Kevin De Bruyne. And finally behind, the Frenchman Aymeric Laporte will be the boss of a defense where Benjamin Mendy, back from suspension, is not certain to play. Although he is right-back, Joao Cancelo made an excellent copy against the Merengues in the 8th.

Manchester City’s probable eleven: Ederson – Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo – Gündogan, Rodri, De Bruyne – Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Foden

Lyon side, Rudi Garcia will renew his 3-5-2 having brought him satisfaction, in particular as regards his defensive stability with Marcelo and Jason Denayer in front of the goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. In midfield, Houssem Aouar, Bruno Guimaraes and Maxence Caqueret, whose performance was brilliant in Turin in 8th, will have to sublimate themselves to channel the sky blue machine. In, the corridors in a role of piston, the hero of the double confrontation of 2018, Maxwell Cornet, will be on the left the counterpart of Léo Dubois. At the forefront, if Memphis Depay is indisputable, the second striker will certainly be Moussa Dembélé even if Karl Toko-Ekambi had started the match at Juventus. Jeff Reine-Adélaïde and Bertrand Traoré will represent for their part the most interesting offensive solutions on the bench.

The probable eleven of Lyon: Lopes – Marcelo, Denayer, Marçal – Dubois, Guimaraes, Caqueret, Aouar, Cornet – Depay, Dembélé

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OL’s ratings

Against Juventus by Cristiano Ronaldo


Lopes (6)

He made a hole in front of Bernardeschi (20th), before nicely repelling a free kick from Ronaldo (40th). In the second half, he didn’t need to save his team.


Dubois (4.5)

In great pain against Ronaldo then a Rabiot who passed left midfielder. He gave a very dangerous free kick to Juve (37th), before catching up a little early in the second half.


Denayer (5.5)

As usual, he read situations well most of the time and often vented the danger. Replaced on injury from the hour of play.


Marcelo and Rudi Garcia

Who will play? Who will not play? A few hours before the Champions League quarter between Manchester City and Lyon, we unveil the trends… Manchester City remains a good memory for Lyon in the LDC. In 2018 during the group stage, the French outclassed the Cityzens at the Etihad Stadium (1-2) […]


Marçal (5)

A contrasting service. He took the broth in front of Bernardeschi at the start of the match and even allowed himself a stroller on Ronaldo who could have given a penalty (25th). He made up for it with many headers, but he still struggles to place on opposing crosses.


Cornet (5)

Well in place defensively, he also offered an outside solution on the left. He just found Aouar in the area on the penalty obtained (10th). It makes a correct left piston.


Caqueret (7)

Huge activity! He ran a lot in the defensive phase, with a lot of aggression. With some faults but also a nice comeback in front of Ronaldo (46th). In the game, he contented himself with the bare minimum but was responsible for the 1-0 penalty.


Guimaraes (4.5)

Despite his technical quality, the team’s number 6 was strangely uninspired on the revival in the first period. He put more application back from the locker room but may be late for Ronaldo’s second goal (60th). In this kind of match, its flaws are visible.


Aouar (6.5)

Quite simply, a talented player. Left relay, he threw himself forward from the start of the game. He tried his luck (8th) before being hooked in the area to get a penalty (10th). He continued to relieve his team by carrying the ball into the opposing court.


OL remain on a sacred feat

Seventh in Ligue 1 and unhappy finalist in the Coupe de la Ligue, Lyon has so far experienced an eventful continental campaign. Released in extremis from his group with two successes, two draws and two losses against RB Leipzig, Benfica Lisbon and Zenith Saint Petersburg, OL split a real feat in the eighth, then scorer of Juve (1-0 home win, 2-1 away loss). The Old Lady had never been subjected to the law of a French club after a double confrontation.


Toko Ekambi (4)

A frustrating match for the evening surprise holder. He proposed in depth, but was rarely launched. He did not influence the meeting. Replaced from the 67th.