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Man City Women v Lyon: Three Lyon players to watch

LYON: The French side celebrate during last season's Champions League final victory over Wolfsburg

LYON: The French side celebrate during last season's Champions League final victory over Wolfsburg

Man City Women head into uncharted waters on Saturday when they welcome reigning European champions Olympique Lyonnais to the Academy Stadium but who should they be wary of?

Lyon are widely regarded as one of the most lethal teams across the continent and their haul of 29 goals in six matches on their run to the final four aptly demonstrates that.

Gerard Precheur’s side began the tournament with a 10-2 aggregate victory over Norwegian club Avaldsnes before a 17-0 thrashing of Zurich in the Round of 16.

The French side were then involved in a heavyweight clash in the quarter-finals, eventually overcoming last season’s runners-up Wolfsburg with 2-1 win.

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Eugenie Le Sommer

Five goals in six appearances so far in the tournament for the experienced French international puts her level with Camille Abily at the top of the club’s scoring charts.

The 27-year-old has been involved with all three of Lyon’s European triumphs since her arrival at the club in 2010 and her 132 caps for France tell the story of her quality.

Le Sommer can play as the focal point of the side but usually appears in a creative midfield role and the likes of Keira Walsh and Jill Scott will have to be constantly alert in order to nullify her.

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Wendie Renard

The captain and domineering central defender of both Lyon and the French national side, Renard is the glue that keeps Lyon’s multi-talented squad together.

With 86 caps at just 26 years of age and 19 goals on the international stage, Renard could slide seamlessly in to almost any position on the pitch and still make a difference.

Lyon have conceded just three goals in their six matches so far in this year’s competition and Renard will be determined to keep City’s strike force out across the two legs.

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Alex Morgan

In a move similar to Carli Lloyd’s arrival at City, USA superstar Morgan joined Lyon in January hoping to fire the French champions to yet more silverware in the closing months of the season.

The 2015 World Cup winner and 2012 Olympic gold medallist is, alongside Lloyd, a crucial cog in the United States team and has seen her talents propel her to celebrity status on the other side of the Atlantic.

Morgan, who has scored 73 goals in 125 appearances for the USA, will likely lead the line for Lyon and her quick thinking and composure in front of goal will present a genuine world-class test for City’s defensive line.

With the number of match-winners in the City side too, it’s sure to be a thrilling two-legged semi-final. Head to the ticket office to claim your seat for Saturday’s first leg.


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