Bayern Munich will be all out to stop a historic all French final when they take on the giant-killing Lyon team in the second semi-final of the UEFA Champions League.
Despite not being given chance in their last two games, Lyon has continued to surprise all sending out top teams like Juventus and Manchester City.
Expectedly many would want to queue behind Bayern in tonight’s semi-final clash in Lisbon but as we have seen in the recent games just anything can happen with this largely unpredictable Lyon side.
To secure a berth in this semi-final stage, German champions Bayern thrashed Barcelona 8-2, while Lyon – seventh-placed finishers in Ligue 1 – stunned Manchester City with a 3-1 win.
Lyon will need to be extraordinary if they are to beat this Bayern side which nineteen teams have tried and failed to stop from winning in a run stretching back to February 16.
If there is one thing Lyon can hold on to in boosting their confidence for this semi-final tie -it is the fact that Bayern have failed to progress from each of their last four semi-finals of the Champions League.
That nonetheless, Bayern came out on top when the sides met at this stage in the 2009-10 semis, albeit with that tie being played over two legs, unlike this one-off clash on neutral soil.
In a unique campaign that has provided many surprises, Lyon will be hoping for one more massive twist as they look to overcome the continent’s most in-form side.
Lyon Champions League form: WLDWLW
Lyon’s form (all competitions): WLLLLW
Bayern Munich’s Champions League form: WWWWWW
Bayern Munich’s form (all competitions): WWWWWW
Bayern have more options at the back as one of their top defenders Benjamin Pavard returned to light training on Monday and is back in contention for this semi-final.
However, the versatile Joshua Kimmich has performed well at right-back and Alphonso Davies is arguably the best left-back on the planet right now, so changes are unlikely in that department.
That may also be the case further forward, though Kingsley Coman is pushing for a recall in place of Ivan Perisic, who was one of those on target in the Barca rout.
Robert Lewandowski has scored in eight consecutive Champions League appearances for Bayern – only Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2003 (9) and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 (11) have scored in more successive matches in the competition’s history.
As for Lyon, Dembele will be pushing for inclusion up top after his double from the bench against City, which could mean Karl Toko Ekambi dropping out.
However, Garcia has found a system that works well, with Ekambi and Memphis Depay giving the French side a platform to hit sides on the counter.
Changes are also unlikely to be made anywhere else in the side, meaning that Maxence Caqueret, Bruno Guimaraes and Houssem Aouar will link up in midfield.
Bayern looks unstoppable at the moment so a straight win is almost a certain outcome, you can also stake high on BETPAY to have more than three goals (Over 2.5) in this semi-final tie.