The french head coach classified at OL to the UCL Semis
Not one or two, but it took Lyon 10 years to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League. And he did it this year, prevailing 3-1 over Manchester City.
At that time, Lione had previously ruled out Real Madrid and Bordeaux. Now they will face Bayern Munich again, which had eliminated them in double games.
So on Saturday night, as soon as the game ended in Jose Alvalade, Portugal, and found a 3-1 winner, the team of Jean-Michael Aulas, as was natural, her fans took to the streets of the French city and celebrated with great enthusiasm her great success. Lyon.
The night lasted until the early morning hours as no one could believe what Garcia’s team achieved. Lyon achieved one of the biggest surprises in the history of the UEFA Champions League.
It is the first time in the history of the institution where France is represented by two teams in the quartet.
A great protagonist of Lyon was Moussa Dembele, who scored two goals (79΄, 87΄) after the draw of the «citizens» to 1-1, giving the victory to his team.
The 24-year-old Frenchman scored his 4th goal in three games against City in the top European club competition. Dembele noted that he started his career at Fulham and then went to Celtic, before moving to Lyon in 2018.
Cornet opened the scoring in the 24th minute, while De Bruyne equalized in the 69th. Dembele entered the game as a substitute in the 75th minute instead of the Dutchman, Depay, who was not in his best condition.
After the rest is history…
What the international press wrote
As after OL’s qualification for the quarter-finals at the expense of Juventus (1-0, 1-2), the European press tends to focus more on the failures of Manchester City – and in particular those of his trainer Pep Guardiola – only on the performance of Rudi Garcia’s men.
However, as Le Progrès underlines, OL signed “an XXL feat” by inviting themselves to the last four of this 2020 edition of the Champions League, unprecedented in its format. The Rhone, «real outsiders of the competition», «delivered a huge match and signed a major performance by dismissing Manchester City (3-1)», we can read in the regional daily.
«The incredible nerve paid off»
For Le Progrès, Rudi Garcia and his men “were right to believe in it because they did what not many people had imagined, with collective solidarity and a willingness which did honour to the jersey they are defending. OL deserved to continue their journey. «The conclusion of the article already evokes the essential ingredient that the Lyonnais will have to put to overthrow their next opponent, Bayern Munich, the implacable executioner of Barça Thursday (8-2):» The incredible nerve paid off. «
The JDD title, him, on «Lyon (which) joins Paris at the table of the great». «The Lyon team had achieved the major feat of the round of 16 and repeated yesterday at the José-Alvalade stadium by leaving the Manchester City armada at the cost of an improbable scenario», we read in the Sunday weekly, while Nice-Matin salutes “the Lyon achievement”.
A few weeks ago few imagined seeing the seventh in Ligue 1 triumph over the Italian champion and then the second in the Premier League. They were even less likely to imagine two French clubs in the last four of the C1, which has never happened. «
Lyon can make the pass of three against the German champion, his opponent in 2010 during his last (and only) appearance in the last four of the C1. The Rhone had been coldly taken out by the Bavarians (0-1, 0-3).
«This revamped knockout format has already produced its share of surprises and Lyon have shown that they should not be underestimated»