Tonight, is the night! Yes indeed... Lyon is going to face Benfica Lisbonne at Gerland, in the third match of the UEFA Champion's League. Despite their good results in the competition, we can now think, that Lyon will be in deep trouble against the portugueses.
Why? Well, simply because, Benfica is the most dangerous opponent in Lyon's group. Previously, the Olympique Lyonnais was happy to win against Schalke 04 (1-0) and Happoël Tel-Aviv (1-3)... But we can't say that those teams were a real threat to Lyon, as the opposition was weak. And yet... Claude Puel's players met some difficulties to take down both Schalke and Tel-Aviv.
Moreover, they also suffered to win against Nancy (2-3) and Lille (3-1). Currently, Olympique Lyonnais are on the 14th place of Ligue 1 ranking, which is not the place Lyon was supposed to be. That's why Claude Puel will be in danger, if his team falls in the portugueses' trap. So what can we say about tonight's clash?
Concerning Benfica Lisbonne, we often talk about their ability to develop a great football. It's obvious that Benfica is a tougher opponent than Schalke and Tel-Aviv. In the portuguese Super Liga Benfica are in a better position than Lyon. In fact, Lisbon is on the 2nd place, just behind one of their great rivals, FC Porto. However, they have also a big pressure (they won the championship last year ).
So, here is the problematic. On the one hand, we've got Lyon, in a mini-crisis, almost gone, which can take advantage of their strikers like Lisandro Lopez and Michel Bastos. On another hand we've got Benfica, who wants to take over Lyon, and blacken the fate of Claude Puel...
E.L and H.J