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Manchester City vs Lyon at Estádio José Alvalade

Estádio José Alvalade Referee : Danny Makkelie
15th August 2020 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘69' Kevin De Bruyne
  • 3 Lyon

    • ‘24' Maxwel Cornet
    • ‘79' Moussa Dembele
    • ‘87' Moussa Dembele


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Good night from me

So it was a heartbreaking night in Lisbon - but we'll be back.

Thanks as always for your company this evening and throughout the season.

Stay safe - and we'll see you all again soon in September 


We will be be back - Pep

 "Now we go on holidays. We are going back soon. We need to lift the club again. I know once with Manuel (Pellegrini) we arrive in the semi-finals. One day we will break that gap."


More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป


"I don't want to talk about the circumstances (regarding the VAR call for Lyon's second goal). It looks like I am complaining or finding causes. We are out.

"I had the feeling we were ready but we make mistakes. That's why we are out."


Pep's verdict...

 "It is what it is. One day we will break the gap to the semi-finals. The second half was okay, we were there, I had the feeling we were better, but you have to be perfect in this competition and we didn't."


More from KDB...

 "The game was open, but they didn't really create too many chances. We need to learn - itโ€™s not good enough. Thatโ€™s it. 

"I think in the second half we created enough to score enough goals. That's the difference scoring and not scoring. We didn't do that today. 

"Itโ€™s time to go home. Itโ€™s been a long season. I need to get home because my wife is expecting any moment. I have something to focus on personally. But yes, itโ€™s hard."


KDB's verdict

"The first half was not good enough but second half we played really well. We had couple of chances but 3-1 ends the game.

"It's a shame to go out this way.

"I've no idea about the VAR decision - whatever they decide they decide. I'm not going to blame that - we should have done better.

"The second half we played well. We had them under pressure.

"Even at 2-1 if Raz scores its 2-2 but that's football. It's fine margins."


Ifs and buts...

Can't change it now but looking at Lyon's second goal it looked for all the world as if Aymeric Laporte was impeded.

VAR however decided otherwise.

What is it about VAR, City and the Champions League?


A sad farewell

It's also not the way that David Silva would have wanted to end his City career.

Merlin has been magnificent for 10 years - he if anyone deserved to be a Champions League winner but it was not to be.

But his enormous contribution to the Club will never, ever be forgotten.


Knockout football

Pep spoke of the unique nature of this seasons Champions League and the sudden death nature of the knockout stages proved that.

There were no second chances and Lyon looked to seize the moment.

If the tie had been had over two legs who knows what would have happened.

Sadly that is question we will never know the answer to.



Tonight's also a reminder that players are human too. For some reason we just weren't quite at our normal flowing best tonight.

Credit too to Lyon. They proved just why they had knocked out Juventus in the last 16.


Fine margins

Sport at the highest level is all about fine margins. We've got another reminder of the that tonight but its a tough one to take.


Controversial goal

The ball was played through - Ekambi was in an offside position but he let it go. Laporte and Dembele tangled and the Lyon striker came away with it and finished past Ederson. 


Big, big chance

City well on top now. Sterling floats a ball to the back post, Jesus tries a volley but doesn't make good contact. 

That was a huge chance. 


Denayer denies

De Bruyne strikes one from the edge of the area after a swift move from front to back - but former City man Denayer makes the block. 


Come on, City!

Every time they lose the ball. Lyon immediately get back into a good shape. 

It's difficult to break that kind of side down but we have the players to do it. 

Come on, City! 


Up the ante

We're seeing plenty of the ball, but we're not moving it with our usual speed and intensity. 

Who will be the spark to light the blue touchpaper? 


Lyon well organised

City with plenty of other options on the bench - Foden, Silva, Bernardo. And with De Bruyne and Sterling out there, we can create something from nothing. 

But we need something soon. An hour gone and Lyon look very well-drilled. 


True to ourselves...

Pep urged City to be ourselves in yesterday's press conference.

The next 45 minutes would be the perfect time to demonstrate that.


Where's there's a will...

Don't forget. City often make the habit of doing things the hard way.

But never, ever lose faith in this group of players.

If any side can find a way it's Pep players...


Bench press ? ๐Ÿ’™

Plenty of options on the bench don't forget. The likes of Phil Foden, David Silva and Bernardo Silva could all have a big role to play.


Half time

A frustrating first 45 minutes with Lyon 1-0 to the good through Maxwel Cornet's goal.

But much better work in the final 10 minutes there. Let;s step it up after the break.


Getting closer...

Lopes and Cornet combine to deny Stering after a quite brilliant De Bruyne through ball.

You feel we're getting a real feel for the game now.


Frustrating first 45 minutes for City but more than enough time to turn this round.

We build a head of steam as first Lopes and then Marcelo deny Guardiola's troops.

Much better from City.


Lyon have made life extremely tough for City so far seeking to deny us time and space.

Will that physical exertion takes its toll the longer the game goes on?



Fine save from Lopes denies Gundogan after some great work by Cancelo on the left flank.

The Portuguese left back whipped in a cross which the Lyon keeper could only parry but he redeemed himself by blocking Gundogan's shot.

Better from City.


Time to respond...

If we didn't know it before we do know. 

This will be toughest of tests. Ekambi is a real menace up front.

Still plenty of time though. Let;'s provide a response.


Goal given

Not the start we wanted. Long through ball found Toko Ekambi and though Garcia blocked his effort, Cornet showed composure to curl home the rebound past Edrerson from outside the box.


Snap shot

Another warning for City after some patient build-up play by Lyon as Aouar squares the ball back but Marcelo's shot is easily gathered by Ederson.



Fine save from Ederson from Ederson after Lyon counter at breakneck speed and Garcia guides a dangerous ball out for a corner.

As expected Lyon no slouches. Cracking first 10 minutes.



Some confident keeping from Ederson as he calmly keeps out a chested back pass from Walker.

I must admit I was worried for a moment there!


Shape shifters

Lyon lining up with three at the back as per usual. City switching between three and five with Walker and Cancelo pushing further forward.


So close...

Almost a perfect start for City. Brilliant run down the right from Sterling and he feeds Jesus but the Brazilian is denied a tap in by Marcal's clearance.


Some final pre-match stats for you...๐Ÿ“ˆ

Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in more Champions League goals for Manchester City this season than any other player (9 - 6 goals & 3 assists).

A goal in this game would see the Brazilian become just the third player to score in three separate Champions League knockout matches in a single campaign for City after Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling (both in 2018/19).


Razzle dazzle โšฝ๏ธ

Raheem Sterling has never ended on the losing side in a Champions League game when he has scored (W14 D2).

Only six players have scored in more games without losing any of them in the competition's history (Patrick Kluivert holding the record - P25 W23 D2 L0 in games scored in).



Pep Guardiola will be aiming to reach his eighth Champions League semi-final which would be a joint record for a manager in the competition alongside Jose Mourinho. 


Richard Dunne on Eric Garcia

"Pep knows him better than anyone.

"He's a good character, the manager has his faith in him and he'll want to win the Champions League as much as anyone."


Aymeric Laporte's pre-match thoughts ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"When you play it's always a responsibility but I am happy with the pressure... I like that.

"We are confident. We know we are a great team and it's important for us to prove what we can do and how far we can go n Europe.

"We want this trophy it's a very important one and we will fight until the end."


Best seats in the house...

  Four families are lucky enough to be dotted around the Etihad this evening - The Ardwick, Chairmanโ€™s Club, the press conference room and Tunnel Club Premier โ€“ all of which have been specially adapted to provide the best match screening experience possible.

They won a Cityzens competition and you can hear from them in our We're Not Really Here live show!


All right on the night

A reminder that tonight is a one-off affair. No return leg.

That means we could go to extra time and even penalties.

Hopefully it won't come to that though!


SWP on Gabriel Jesus

"I was very impressed with Jesus against Real. You can see the way he has matured over the past three years. He has got better and better at doing the hard graft for the team.

"He makes sacrifices for the team but he gets goals as well."


Pep's pre-match thoughts ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"Lyon are so aggressive   Up front with Depay, the incredible speed and the back five are aggressive, they win duels.

"This team in Europe always make good results in the last 20 years and in knockout games they are so dangerous."


Semi conscious ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Should City progress, it would mean there will be an English representative in the semi-finals of the Champions League for a third consecutive season, the longest such run since between 2003-04 - 2008-09 (six successive campaigns).


Time check โŒš

Just over an hour until kick-off and a few minutes until We're Not Really Here goes on air.

How are we feeling Blues?

I'm on a intravenous drip of tea blended with lashings of positivity.

It's a winning combination!!


Impressive pedigree...

Having failed to win any of their first six Champions League games against English sides (D3 L3), Lyon remain unbeaten in their last four against such opposition (W2 D2), including a win and a draw against City in last season's group stages.


Talking tactics...

Club journalist David Clayton: "Itโ€™s hard to see anything other than a 3-5-2 formation on paper.

"Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho look likely to form a three-strong central defensive unit, giving Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo greater freedom to get forward own the flanks.

"That will leave Rodrigo as the anchor-man, with Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan behind forwards Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.

"The front pair could also drift wide and De Bruyne effectively slot in the false nine role as and when, if City are looking to tactically bamboozle Lyon."


More from Bernardo...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

"Everyone is fit and super motivated - we couldnโ€™t be better to be honest.

"Beating Real Madrid gives you a boost in terms of confidence.  You donโ€™t need motivation for these games โ€“ itโ€™s the quarter-final of the Champions League, we are fighting for a huge thing.

"Everyone is focused to do their best and help the team. 


Stat attack (part two)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

Lyon are the first French side to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League since Monaco in 2016-17, while this is their first appearance at this stage of the competition since 2009-10.

The French side have progressed from just one of their four Champions League quarter-final ties - eliminating Bordeaux in 2009-10.


Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

City have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth time in the last five seasons (the only exception being 2016-17); however, we have only progressed from one of their previous three quarter-final appearances, knocking out PSG in 2015-16.

Time to put that record straight hopfully.


Walking distance...

More from Abi Withey out in Portugal...

"There was no pre-match training session today. Instead, the players went on a walk around the hotel resort."


Pep's pre-match thoughts ๐Ÿ’ฌ

 "Anything can happen, it is a knockout game, but we are ready.

""We know Lyon quite well. They are so fast and aggressive and up front, good set-piece. Top team.

"They are in the quarter-final, we can't expect an easy game. That is not going to happen." 


Bayern waiting...

The incentive for tonight's victors will be a semi-final encounter with Bayern Munich next Wedensday evening.

The German champions produced a quite stunning display to crush Barcelona 8-2 in last night's quarter-final and will be formidable opponents.

Must admit though, the thought of a City v Bayern semi-final is incredible.

A lot of work to do before then if that is to be the case though.


Warning note...

Probably worth juts pointing out at this stage that Lyon will present a formidable test.

Any side that knocks out Juventus has to be admired and, as the boss highlighted yesterday, both RB Leipzig and Atalanta have also shown that every side here has to be afforded total respect.


Winning menu...

All players and staff have also been eating the same food at the hotel during our stay in Portugal meaning everyone has been on the same healthy diet, and eating at the same times.

(However, Abi did admit to craving for some crisps!)


Sunny side up...๐ŸŒž

Our very own Abigail Withey has been embedded with the City squad in Lisbon all week.

Due to safety restrictions, none of the travelling group have been allowed out of the hotel.

But, as manager Pep Guardiola referenced in yesterday's pre-match press conference, the facilities are first class with the resort also boasting a golf course and a gym.

All in all, the perfect place to prepare for such an important game.


Bernardo on Lyon...

"I played in France for three seasons. I know how physical the French teams are. If they are here in the quarter-final, itโ€™s because they deserve it.

"They beat very good teams and in the last round Juventus, which in my opinion is one of the best teams in the world.

"This competition is very unpredictable. If we stay focused and do our game, and we play with intensity pressing high and going for it, then everything is going to go well."


Bernardo's buzzing ๐Ÿ‘Š

Some pre-match views from Bernardo Silva, who is of course,back in his home country in Portugal.

"Everyone is so focused. The ambition levels are so high. This competition, everyone knows him important it is for us- itโ€™s the one we havenโ€™t we won. We want to try our best to go for it."


Clock watch โŒš

Don't know about you but I haven't been able to take my eyes off the clock today. To while away the time I've mowed the lawn and sorted out the washing.

Nerves can do a strange thing to you!!


Live matchday show ๐Ÿ“บ

We're Not Really Here is back again this evening!

Shaun Wright-Phillips and, making his first appearance on the show, Richard Dunne are tonight's special guests and will be in the studio along with presenters Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker.

They'll be live from 19:00 (UK) providing you with a City focused build-up to the big game.

The pre-match show runs for one hour, whilst the team will return at half-time for a brief summary and then, five minutes after full-time, they'll be back for 30-minutes after post-match reaction.

It's appointment viewing for all City fans - and you can watch it all at the top of this page!


It's quarter-final time! โšฝ

A very good afternoon, City fans!

The warmest of welcomes to what we hope will be our very super Saturday as we build up for the quarter-finals of the Champions League!

Tonight, we face Lyon at the Estรกdio Josรฉ Alvalade for a place in the semi-finals!

It's an 8pm BST kick-off in Lisbon, Portugal, where the one-legged knock-out stages are being hosted.

As always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live commentary and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

How are you feeling ahead of the game? Nervous? Excited? Calm?

Whatever your mood, do get in touch on Twitter using #WNRH!


Ilkay Gundogan ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"For me personally the Champions League has always been something very special.

โ€œI've already played a final in 2013, but I lost with Dortmund in the last minute. I still think about that season very often and I will give my very best to repeat reaching the final again.

โ€œBut you also need a bit of luck for it - that luck what we didn't have last season against Spurs, for example.

โ€œPlaying one leg makes it even more difficult. The amount of mistakes you are able to do is the absolute minimum. There is not really room for mistakes. We should be very careful.

โ€œItโ€™s going to be a whole new experience. Itโ€™s going to be nearly like a World Cup.

โ€œI think we have proven in the past that we are ready to take on these kinds of games and we will try again.

โ€œMaybe we will need a bit of luck.โ€


From a commentary perspective, hoping for a little less action tonight! ๐Ÿ˜ณ


Aymeric Laporte ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œItโ€™s always special when you play against a team from your country.

โ€œI am excited to play against them. I remember when I scored against them last time we met. Hopefully, if I play I can do it again and we can go to the next stage.

โ€œLyon are like the other teams that are here - a tough side. They have a lot of good players, but we have to be focused on ourselves.

โ€œWe know they have talented players and we have to focus on the game and not concede mistakes.

โ€œWe have to fight and this is what we have to do - compete and fight until the end. We have to be ready for the fight."


We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ’™

Richard Dunne will make his first appearance as a guest on the Weโ€™re Not Really Here matchday show and will be joined by another much-loved past player in the form of Shaun Wright-Phillips for the quarter-final tie.

Cel Spellman and Kyle Walker are the hosts and the live pre-match show begins at 19:00 (UK), one hour before the game kicks-off in Lisbon and you can tune in via all of our digital platforms.

With Dunne and Wright-Phillips offering both their insight into the gameโ€™s talking points and recalling their own time at the Club, Weโ€™re Not Really Here is the show to watch for a City-centric build-up to the match.

They return at half-time for a summary of the opening 45 minutes and then, five minutes after full-time, our 30-minute post-match show begins when our guests will analyse the action and respond to fansโ€™ questions and polls.

Time permitting, we will also hear a playerโ€™s reaction and from Guardiolaโ€™s post-match press conference.

For those who canโ€™t watch the action live, a full match replay will be available on CITY+ from midnight (UK) after the game.


Pep Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œI think itโ€™s an important moment in our careers. I would prefer to be at home, but this is a special situation.

"It is comfortable, it is nice to be here. Hopefully, we can do a good game and stay a few more days in this lovely country.

โ€œAfter lockdown, the players have been incredibly focused. We accepted the deal to help our club go to the semi-final. The format is what it is. We adapted to the new protocol.

โ€œNow we prepare for Lyon. Now is the time to be ourselves. I want to see my team be who they are, do everything with their soul and their minds and after that the football will dictate whether we deserve it or not.

"Anything can happen. Itโ€™s a different competition. Itโ€™s a knockout competition. Itโ€™s a final at every stage. We are ready to do our best performance to go through."


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

Sergio Aguero is ruled out, as he continues his recovery from his knee injury.

Benjamin Mendy is available again, having been suspended for the triumph over Real Madrid, while Rodrigo is also in contention, despite suffering from cramp late on in the last 16 clash against the La Liga Champions.

For Lyon, Rudi Garcia says he hopes to have a fully-fit squad, although former Blue Jason Denayer and Maxwel Cornet may require face late fitness tests. Kenny Tete (calf) has trained with the squad, while Moussa Dembele could also return.


It's matchday! โšฝ

A very good morning, City fans!

Today's the day we've all been waiting for... the quarter-finals of the Champions League!

Tonight, we face Lyon at the Estรกdio Josรฉ Alvalade for a place in the semi-finals!

It's an 8pm BST kick-off in Lisbon, Portugal, where the one-legged knock-out stages are being hosted.

As always, we'll have all of the pre-match build-up, live commentary and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre.

How are you feeling ahead of the game? Nervous? Excited? Calm? Get in touch on Twitter using #WNRH!

Other games that day

  • RB Leipzig0
    Paris Saint-Germain0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Paris Saint-Germain 6 +15 16
2 Real Madrid 6 +6 11
3 Club Brugge 6 -8 3
4 Galatasaray 6 -13 2
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