Manchester City are edging closer to the promised land.
After seeing off Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola’s men are three wins away from delivering the club’s first European Cup.
Next up for City is a quarter-final clash with Lyon at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.
Les Gones have endured mixed fortunes this season, finishing seventh in Ligue 1 before losing the last Coupe de la Ligue final to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, any gloom from their domestic disappointments was lifted in glorious fashion as they stunned Juventus to progress to the last eight on away goals after the two-legged tie finished 2-2.
Given that result, City can not afford to underestimate their French opponents on Saturday. With that in mind, here are four Lyon dangermen City must be wary of.
Karl Toko Ekambi
While most City fans will know of former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay and ex-Fulham and Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, Ekambi could be the one to light up this quarter-final.
Ekambi, who joined Lyon on a four-year deal in July having spent the second half of the season on loan from Villarreal, was a surprise inclusion against Juventus, with Rudi Garcia preferring the Cameroonian’s mobility and combination play up front to top scorer Dembele, who was left on the bench.
And while he didn’t score, Ekambi was able to stretch the Juventus defence by picking up pockets of space out wide, allowing space for Depay and Lyon’s midfield runners.
An unorthodox forward with close control and intelligent movement, Ekambi has the attributes to give City’s defenders a real problem this weekend.
A player to whom City need no introduction, the versatile Ivorian winger scored three times against Guardiola’s men in two Champions League group stage meetings in 2018.
The 23-year-old, who primarily operates on the left, is highly adept at driving into advanced positions out wide, from where he often looks to find Depay, Dembele or Ekambi.
A tricky, unpredictable wide man, City know what damage Cornet can inflict when he is on song.
This season, he scored four goals and provided three assists, which hardly set the French league alight, but the former Metz favourite will fancy his chances against a City defence that has failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six Champions League outings.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who is Lyon’s record signing, made an impression after coming off the bench in the closing stages of the second leg against Juventus.
Reine-Adelaide, 22, has endured an injury-affected first season at Lyon but will be pushing for a starting berth on Saturday after helping his side hold on to the ball and hold off a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Juve.
Considering the France Under-21 international had not played since December, the manner in which he slotted comfortably into a pressure-packed knockout game was impressive.
A midfield all-rounder, the former Angers man also poses a threat in the final third, with three goals and four assists in just 863 Ligue 1 minutes, as per Opta.
The latest addition to an impressive Lyon midfield that includes Reine-Adelaide, Houssem Aouar, Bruno Guimaraes and Thiago Mendes, the 20-year-old academy graduate attracted rave reviews from French newspapers for his performance against Juventus.
Caqueret, who broke into Garcia’s first-team towards the end of 2019, proved the effective link between midfield and attack, driving his side forward on the counter while also showing a voracious appetite for the more unvarnished sides of midfield play by hassling and harrying the Juve midfielders at every opportunity.
Lyon are renowned for their youth academy. With a roll-call including Karim Benzema, Nabil Fekir, Hatem Ben Arfa and Anthony Martial among others, it’s no wonder, in Caqueret, Les Gones look to have another possible superstar on their hands.
The 20-year-old has matured at a rapid rate and having taken down Juve, he now stands on the cusp of the biggest game of his young life against City.
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If he can replicate his indefatigable endeavours in Turin, it may turn out to be the best game of his young life.
Lastly, although he is not a danger man on the pitch, the oft-maligned Garcia’s tactical nous should not be underestimated.
The 56-year-old, who led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2011, was bold enough to leave Dembele and Mendes on the bench for Juve.
Those personnel changes paid dividends and Guardiola will know to expect one or two tactical curveballs from his opposite number on Saturday night.