Episode VI! The final group game of our UEFA Champions League campaign is right around the corner. This time, the Bulls are off to France to face Olympique Lyon. Julian Nagelsmann's team have a chance to finish top of Group G with a positive result on Tuesday (21:00 CET):
+++ Potential Group G Outcomes +++
A draw will be enough for RB Leipzig to top the group. One more point will leave us on 11, with our closest competitors, Zenit St. Petersburg, only able to achieve a maximum of 10. A loss would mean we finish 2nd, equal on points with Lyon but behind in head-to-head results. Zenit's result would not change anything in this scenario because we come out on top of the head-to-head competition with them, which is why we have already qualified for the last 16.
Their season so far:
Olympique Lyon have not met their own expectations so far this season. They finished third in Ligue 1 last season but, with 17 games played in 19/20, they now find themselves in 6th with seven wins and six defeats. Their most recent result was a comfortable 4-0 victory over Nimes.
Former head coach Sylvinho, who had arrived at Lyon in the summer, parted ways with the club after a 1-0 defeat to AS Saint-Étienne on matchday 9, which marked their worst start to a season in 24 years and left them 14th in the table. Rudi Garcia (55), who had been at Olympique Marseille until the summer, came in as Sylvinho's successor.
OL do have a couple of lifelines in attack called Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembelé, who have scored 19 of Lyon's 28 league goals between them so far this season. Depay has scored nine and Dembelé ten.
The reverse fixture:
A home for future stars:
Olympique Lyon have a long history of success. For a time, they seemed to be unbeatable in the French league and won all seven of their titles in a row. With an additional five cup wins and seven supercup wins, the only prize that has eluded them is a European trohpy.
Lyon always have at least a few big names in their squad and they currently also have four home-grown talents at their disposal, who have racked up 430 appearences between them. One such talent is Houssem Aouar. Previous academy graduates include Éric Abidal, Michael Essien, Florent Malouda and Juninho Pernambucano. Plenty of other global stars have also enjoyed stints at Olympique Lyon, such as Hugo Lloris, Samuél Umtitti, Miralem Pjanic, Corentin Tolisso, Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette and Karim Benzema. In terms of Bundesliga connections, Ishak Belfodil, Jean-Philippe Mateta and Alassane Pléa have all spent time at Lyon.
Olympique Lyonnais (OL)
Blue, white, red
- Most appearances:
Grégory Coupet (516 games)
- Top scorer:
Alexandre Lacazette (129 goals)