Lyon will face Barcelona at Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stadium, in Lyon, in the Champions League 1/8-Finals. Lyon against Barcelona is always the match with big interest, especially during this season. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Lyon is looking very confidently during the last matches. They won against Paris SG in the tough match and now stands at 3rd position in Ligue 1. Olympique is 6 points away from second place and actually have chances to fight for getting a ticket to Champions League once again. Lyon is struggling sometimes while playing at home, so this could cause some trouble playing with the strongest Europe clubs like Barcelona. The French club has drawn their all 5 last matches in UEFA Champions League.
All mains squad players are fit and ready to fight with Champions League favorite. The team will be in full force, so they need to fight with all their might because Barcelona is also losing this season and their form is far from ideal. The home team has good players who can play both in a team football and in an individual one. M. Depay, N. Fekir and B. Traore is the main attackers, they make up a strong chain and can score in any situation.
Lyon this season looks very great at shooting from direct free kicks, attacking down the wings and creating scoring chances. Very likely that they will play non-aggressive football, attempt through balls often and try to save the ball. However, the team facing problems at avoiding offside, stopping opponents from creating chances and defending counter attacks.
Barcelona this season fighting in 3 tournaments. They are at the 1st place with 6 points difference with chasers in LaLiga. They will face Real Madrid in the second round of Copa Del Rey and will meet with Lyon in Champions League. As always Barcelona is one of the favorites in Europe, as they showing one of the greatest football and are the strongest rivals for all clubs in the world. Barcelona played 3 draws in a row in LaLiga and Copa Del Rey, maybe that is because of serious preparation for CL. However, they now need to give all the skills and abilities to go further and leave Lyon outside the tournament. Catalonians are undefeated in their last 6 matches of Champions League.
Almost all main squad players are fit and ready to fight with another opponent. However, S. Umtit and Arthur will miss the next match due to injuries, as a result, Lenglet should replace world champion in defense strongly. Most important for the team is Dembele, Suarez, Messi, and Coutinho are fit and ready to show their skills.
Barcelona this year superb at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances, creating long shot opportunities, chances through individual skill and coming back from losing positions. Very likely that they will play possessional football even in a road game, attack through the middle with Messi as a playmaker and control the game in the oppositions half. However, they have weaknesses at defending against attacks down the wings and skillful players and stopping opponents from creating chances.
Last time these teams met in far 2009 year when T. Henry played for Barcelona. That was also Champions League 1/8 Finals and Barcelona won at home with 5:2 result, T. Henry scored twice. However, in Lyon, they played a draw. Almost all the matches between these teams were very resultative and interesting.