France is ecstatic with the feat of having two representatives in the Champions League semi-finals, PSG and Lyon.
People are even dreaming of the first final to contain two Ligue 1 sides. PSG’s success is not too surprising but Lyon is an example for the world. The side may have lost their dominant position in French football, but Lyon still made the quarter-finals of the Champions League and defeated Man City on August 5th 2020. So let’s take a look at what the team did during the football season.
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Lyon – the name that many people noticed in the last tournament
The footballing miracle of a French football team
When Lyon beat Man City 3-1, in the final quarter-final match in the 2019-20 Champions League, Europe was shocked. Beating Man City is not easy. Lyon won against the team which spent the most money in the world. Europe was shaken, and of course, the French press went crazy about Lyon’s performance.
True class is the most concise way that the French media described Lyon’s achievement. From a team outside the Top six in Ligue 1, Lyon put in a miraculous Champions League performance. Atalanta played beautiful attacking football, and only lost 2-1 to PSG 1-2 through bad luck. RB Leipzig also raised eyebrows by reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in their first season. But Lyon’s story is more impressive.
In the group stage, Lyon was not that impressive. They finished second in Group G, behind Leipzig and above two teams Benfica and Zenit. Entering the knock-out stages, Lyon overpowered Juventus – one of the best teams in the group stage. In that match, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowded out and Juventus did not get a shot on target.
In the second leg at Allianz Stadium, Ronaldo scored twice for Juventus, but Lyon still played very well. Possessing defensive solidity, Lyon only lost 1-2, and reached the quarter-finals thanks to away goals. In the semi-final, played on neutral ground, Lyon shocked Man City. City had not lost in the group stages and had beaten the mighty Real Madrid in both legs of the previous round with the same 2-1 score. That same team lost to Lyon.
Lyon followed in the footsteps of PSG (Paris Saint-Germain FC) and for the first time in history there were two French clubs present in the Champions League semi-final. Out of all the many UEFA competitions, this is only the second time that French football has contributed two representatives in the semi-finals. The previous time was the UEFA Cup 1992-93 which included both Auxerre and PSG. However, both lost to Dortmund and Juventus – the team that then won the cup.
Lyon really showed off their class in the 2020 tournament
Lyon have dozens of scouts across France and has close relationships with many famous academics around the world. The Bleacher Report magazine once wrote an article about the special way of training young players at the club. Each youngster undergoes rigorous tests on mental health, yoga, breathing exercises, and psychotherapy. Directly or indirectly, these factors appear to affect the career of each player.
Harry Moyal is an important figure at Lyon, has been there for about five years and he is considered the right-hand man of Aulas. With his forte in business administration and data analysis, Moyal’s intelligence is applied in analysis of the players’ performances on the pitch.
Lyon is an example to the rest of the world
PSG’s performance is not too surprising when the opponents in the knockout phase are underestimated (Dortmund and Atalanta). Moreover, in the group stage, PSG defeated Real Madrid 3-0. What PSG is going through is the fruit of a steady stream of sports policy built over the years. PSG’s players are at their peak.
It’s different for Lyon. In the two transfer windows in the 2019-20 season, Lyon spent 126 million euros. This number is quite large, but it was for 10 different players. Seven of these are still relative youngsters. At the same time, Lyon achieved player sales of 158 million euros. Despite trading players to stabilize revenue, the team based in the city downstream Rhône and Saône still managed to enter the Champions League semi-finals. The side really is an example to many other clubs in modern football.
Lyon’s success is down to a mix of experienced players and young talents. This can be seen as the basis for the victory of “Les Gones” (the children). Lyon’s rising star is Houssem Aouar, a product of the club’s youth ranks. Aouar has proved himself to be the most innovative under-23 midfielder in French football, becoming the target of a series of other clubs (Real Madrid, Juventus, Man City, Liverpool…).
With sensible tactics built on a 3-5-2 foundation, Lyon are making their mark on Europe’s most prestigious tournament. Before eliminating Juventus and Man City, Lyon only lost to PSG in the final of the French League Cup after a penalty shootout.
Bayern Munich are very strong opponents in the semi-final. But no one can stop Lyon fans about dreaming of their amazing cup run continuing. Their form has certainly brought the name of Lyon to the attention of many fans around the world.
If Lyon overcome Man City in the upcoming match, it will be the shock of the round. If the side get to the final it could be the shock of the century.
The leading Asian bookie, W88 said that Lyon are a team with many strengths in counter attacking football, creating chances to score through individual skill, along with an attacking style of play which sees many attempts on goal. Perhaps it is not surprising that they are number one in the current Ligue 1 rankings.