Barcelona will face Lyon at Camp Nou Stadium, in Barcelona, in the Champions League 1/8-Finals second leg. Barcelona against Lyon is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Barcelona this season almost from the beginning took the leader position in LaLiga and did not give any chances to other clubs. Now they have 7 points difference with Atletico Madrid also a big difference in the level of the game with absolutely all rivals, as Real Madrid can’t find their best football and Atletico is trying to solve the problem with the attacks, as their defense is great as always, however, attack could make a bigger impact in every game.
Barcelona is still fighting for 3 trophies, LaLiga, Champions League and Copa del Rey. In LaLiga home matches, Barca won 10 out of 14 matches and lost only once. Moreover, they scored 42 goals and conceded only 16. In Champions League group stage Barcelona was unbeaten and finished at the first place with 14 points. They have drawn only at matches with Tottenham and Inter. Moreover, Catalonians scored 14 goals and conceded only 5.
Barcelona will miss Rafinha and T. Vermaelen for the next match, however, they are absent for almost all season, so the team the team should not miss anything.
This season Barcelona are very strong at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances, creating long shot opportunities, creating chances through individual skills and coming back from losing positions. However, even the strongest teams have their weaknesses, and Barca has troubles at stopping opponents from creating chances, defending counter attacks and aerial duels.
Lyon this year is looking very productive and strong if we comparing all other French clubs. Paris SG has finished their path in Champions League so they will try their best only next year and now should start preparing for that because for them all competitions are over. Lyon is still fighting to get a chance next year one more time to participate in the greatest competition of football. They now stand at 3rd position and try to save their place, as Marseille have only 3 points difference with them. Lyon is not so strong playing away matches and this season they have already lost 4 matches, drawn 5 and won 5 games in the road. Lyon conceded more goals than scored in away matches, which shows that they are facing troubles while playing away.
Against Barcelona A. Gouiri, F. Marcal and J. Morel will miss the match due to injuries.
Lyon is strong this season at shooting from direct free kicks, attacking down the wings, creating chances through individual skill and coming back from losing positions. However, the team is playing weak at avoiding offside, stopping opponents from creating chances and defending counter attacks.
The first match between these teams finished surprisingly 0:0. Although, Barcelona fully controlled the game and had 24 attempts to score, the game finished without scoring goals. Catalonians controlled 59% of ball possession and completed 622 passes. In the second half, they fully took the ball and Lyon tried to shoot only once. And that was at Parc Olympique Lyonnais. This result is a perfect start for Barcelona on their Stadium, as they can control the game.