Man City vs Lyon: Line-ups
Lyon Need To Work Harder
Guardiola has a habit of overthinking knockout ties, trying to get into the opposition’s head with his team selection, and it may well be that he focuses closely on those two matches – even if there has been a small turnover of players at both clubs.
Lyon looked a little rusty against Juve last time out and that is not at all surprising given that it was just their second competitive game in five months, the other being a defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Coupe de Ligue final.
The Citizens certainly have momentum on their side following their 4-2 aggregate victory over Madrid in the first knockout round, following up their 2-1 first-leg triumph with a win by the same scoreline.
For Lyon, Moussa Dembele was left out for the second leg against Juve but will surely be brought back into the side on Saturday. Memphis Depay scored in that most recent match and has now netted in six successive Champions League games, so he is nailed on to start in attack and is one to watch.
City face being without Sergio Aguero until the final four if they reach that stage, but Gabriel Jesus deserves to lead the line after impressing in both legs against Madrid. Indeed, Jesus has been directly involved in more Champions League goals for City this season than any other player (nine – six goals and three assists).