Lyon vs Bayern Munich: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Lyon vs Bayern Munich: Line-ups


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Bayern Should Be Crusing


Bayern Munich have now won 24 of their last 25 matches in all competitions, the exception being a stalemate with fellow semi-finalists RB Leipzig. Even more impressive than that, all eight goals were assisted by a different player, showing just how much attacking depth Bayern have in their ranks.


As witnessed in the last round against a much-fancied Man City side, though, Lyon cannot be written off in this intriguing final-four showdown in Lisbon. Moussa Dembele was twice on target for Rudi Garcia’s outsiders, adding to Maxwel Cornet’s opener after Kevin De Bruyne had levelled things up.


In what could be a good omen for Lyon – and they will no doubt take whatever they can – Bayern have failed to progress from each of their last four semi-finals. 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.


Bayern defender 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.


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.