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Lyon vs Manchester City match build up

Man City v Lyon

City is without Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus, with 18-year-old Foden in line to come in for his third start in the competition – and first this season.

Midfielder Phil Foden could start for Manchester City in Lyon after boss Pep Guardiola said he is “definitely ready” to do so in the Champions League.

Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and left-back Benjamin Mendy are also out. City needs one point from their final two Group F games to reach the last 16.

Lyon earned a shock 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium when the sides met in the opening match of the group phase, although City have recovered by beating Hoffenheim and earning back-to-back wins over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Guardiola’s side, who are three points clear of second-placed Lyon and six ahead of Hoffenheim, will clinch first place with a win at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Tuesday.

Man City v Lyon

Have City failed if they don’t win Champions League?

City are two points clear at the top of the Premier League and have yet to lose in the competition, but Guardiola is aware that many will judge him on his achievements in Europe’s biggest club competition.

“For the people who don’t love us too much, who use money as an argument, then we have failed if we don’t win the Champions League,” Guardiola said.

“For the others, especially our fans who say they enjoy watching our games and enjoy what we are doing, I’m pretty sure they won’t have regrets about what these guys have been doing every three days for the last 15 months.

“That is the best compliment, the best success the team can have. But, of course, we want to qualify, continue our level in the Premier League and arrive in the best possible condition with everybody fit to challenge again to go quite far.”

City unbeaten across the Channel – the stats

  • City are playing only their third away European game in France, after drawing 2-2 at Paris St-Germain in April 2016 and losing 3-1 at Monaco in March 2017.
  • Lyon have lost just one of their 10 home European games against English sides, winning three and drawing six. Their only defeat came against Arsenal in February 2001.
  • Lyon’s last three Champions League home games have all finished as draws – the French side came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Shakhtar in October, before letting a 2-0 lead slip themselves against Hoffenheim.
  • Lyon are unbeaten in their four group stage games so far this season, winning one and drawing three. The last time they remained unbeaten in their first five was in 2008-09.
  • City are the highest scorers in this season’s Champions League, netting 12 goals in their four games.
  • City are aiming to win all three Champions League away group games for only the second time.
  • If Lyon win, it will be the first time City manager Pep Guardiola has been beaten twice by the same club in the same Champions League group stage.
  • Manchester City’s David Silva has scored in each of his last three Champions League games. Indeed, his three-goal total in this season’s competition is already his best return in a single Champions League campaign.
  • Silva has scored in each of his last three Champions League appearances for Man City – the only City player to score in four consecutive games in the competition is Raheem Sterling (September-November 2017).

City ‘almost certain’ to qualify

Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote:

Manchester City needs just a point from their last two group matches to be assured of a place in this season’s Champions League knockout phase.

City’s chance of making the last 16 is now 99.8% according to the Euro Club Index. Pep Guardiola’s team have been favourites to win Group F throughout the group phase, even after their shock home defeat by this week’s opponents Olympique Lyon.

Source: BBC News