3 ways how Manchester City can tactically outwit Lyon (Man City players celebrating in the photo)
Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City celebrates with his team after he scores his sides 4th goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on July 21, 2020 in Watford, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adrian Dennis/Pool via Getty Images)

Manchester City are set to lock horns with Olympique Lyonnais in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday night as they look to keep their European dreams alive with a win at the José Alvalade Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s men had managed to beat Real Madrid by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline in the last round, so they would be full of confidence heading into this weekend’s contest in Portugal.

The Mancunian outfit are expected to set up in a 4-3-3 formation and could keep changes to a minimum for this upcoming showdown versus Lyon in Europe.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup To Face Lyon


Ederson will play in goal for the side from Manchester as he looks to keep things solid at the back. Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho produced a commanding defensive display against Los Blancos, so they can both expect to operate again as the centre-backs.

Kyle Walker is a nailed-on start at right-back while Joao Cancelo looks to catch the eye on the other side as the left-back. Guardiola would want both of them to link up play going forward so that they can provide some decent service to the front players.

4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup Vs Lyon (Man City players seen in the picture)
Manchester City’s French defender Aymeric Laporte (L_ scores his team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford, north of London on July 21, 2020. (Photo by RICHARD HEATHCOTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne will make up the Man City midfield as they try to cook up some promising chances in the opposition half. The talented trio will focus on dominating possession at the centre of the park so that they can push on in search of the win in normal time.

Both David Silva and Bernardo Silva will be placed on the bench as they await their opportunity to shine as the impact substitutes if Guardiola decides to call upon their services this weekend.


Both Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus managed to find the back of the net in their last outing which should give them a boost of confidence going into Saturday’s European encounter versus the Ligue 1 giants. Sterling will likely hug the left touchline as he looks to make himself a constant menace in the attacking third. Phil Foden might keep his pace on the right while Gabriel Jesus could lead the line for the League Cup champions up top.

Sergio Aguero is a significant doubt for this game as he continues to recover after undergoing knee surgery back in June. If the Argentine striker can pass a late fitness test, then he might get the nod to spearhead Guardiola’s attack when the two teams face off against each other this weekend.

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