On Saturday, August 15th, Manchester City meet Lyon in the Champions League quarterfinals. The odds for City are very low, meaning they are the favourites of the game. However, let’s see if everything is so predictable in the upcoming match as it seems.
In the last match on August 7, the Citizens defeated Real Madrid 2-1. It is interesting that in their first match which took place in February before the hiatus, the score was exactly the same 2-1 in favour of City. So, it is a 4-2 aggregate win. First of all, Manchester City have a high-class line up. Secondly, they have brilliant Pep Guardiola as the head coach. He managed to outplay Zinedine Zidane. So, it is no wonder they are seen as favourites of the tournament. And in general, you probably remember that Manchester City took the 1st place in the group, having won all the matches.
The low odds are quite understandable.
Les Gones are treated as underdogs of the Champions League, although they did well in February to defeat Juventus at home (1-0). Many believed it was a coincidence, because these two clubs are on different levels.
However, the second leg of the round of 16 on the 7th of August shocked all the fans of the legendary Italian club. Lyon scored a 13th minute penalty, providing their side the vital away goal. Ronaldo gave Juventus hope when he earned a penalty for his club, thus, levelling the score. Ronaldo scored again in the 60th minute, taking Juve into the lead (2-1).
Realizing that they can do little against Juventus defense, Lyon sat back and turned the defense mode to not let Juventus score the crucial third goal. The tactics worked. Although Lyon lost the match, they won 2-2 on aggregate, as an away goal weighs more than a home goal. Lyon have 1 home goal and 1 away goal, while Juventus have only 2 home goals.
Lyon advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals, while Juve manager Maurizio Sarri was sacked by the club.
So much for the underdog …