- Posted by Geoff Reid
- On April 27, 2010
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- Bayern Munich, Geoff Reid, Lyon, UEFA Champions League
By Geoff Reid
Today we start the semi finals second legs with Bayern Munich traveling to France to take on Lyon.
Lyon vs Bayern Munich From The Stade de Gerland, Lyon (Bayern lead 1-0 on agg.)
After losing the first leg 1-0 in Bavaria, Lyon realize that they were on the fortunate side it was only a one goal loss as it could have been much more, and Bayern played the majority of the game with 10 men as French superstar Frank Ribery was sent off in the 37th minute for an unprofessional foul. He will miss the return fixture today and will not make the trip to his homeland. Fortune may just be shining on Lyon with the tie still being very much alive and not having a game this weekend help prepare Claude Puel’s side by spending some extra time away from the city, same thing they did before the Real Madrid match. Bayern on the other hand have injury worries in defense and two key suspensions so the task for Louis van Gaal is great but the Dutch coach is still confident in his side.
Lyon have Francois Clerc (knee), Joan Hartock (ruptured achilles), and Mathieu Bodmer (hamstring) all ruled out. Jean II Makoun (groin), Lisandro (ankle), and Jean-Alain Boumsong (calf) are all listed as doubtful but Lisandro and Boumsong should be good to go. Jeremy Toulalan is suspended. The main problem for Lyon is a whole list of players could be potentially suspended for the final should they qualify: Aly Cissokho, Cesar Delgado, Maxime Gonalons, Kim Kallstrom, Cris, and Miralem Pjanic. Puel’s tactics in the first leg was very cautious and he even admitted it may have been a mistake playing that way, but the manager promised to be more open and attacking in this game, especially since essentially his squad have to chase the game. With Bayern’s defensive issues and worries, Lyon will try and exploit that.
The Bavarian giants have worries through most of the team. The only player ruled out through injury is Anatoily Tymoshchuk (gastroenteritis). Martin Demichelis (calf), Daniel Van Buyten (calf), Diego Contento (leg), and Miroslav Klose (illness) are all listed as doubtful and most will be game time decisions for van Gaal. Daniel Pranjic and Ribery are suspended. The good news for FC Hollywood is that no player will miss the final should they be booked in this game if they advance. Hamit Altintop did train on Sunday overcoming a groin issue and should be available to take Ribery’s place. Van Gaal has said his side will attack in the second leg and not sit on the one goal lead they have overall. He firmly believes his lads will be in Madrid next month playing in the final which would be a remarkable achievement for the club and for van Gaal himself since things did not start all that well this season. The players eventually bought into the Dutch system the former AZ Alkmaar, Ajax, Barcelona, and Holland boss brought to Germany’s biggest club.
Prediction: Lyon 1-1 Bayern Munich. Both sides have plenty of goals in them, and Lyon certainly have nothing to be scared of. It’s easy and cliche to say Arjen Robben will be the difference in this tie, but I fully expect that to be the case here.
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