Manchester City's tiredness has been noted by Marseille as they prepare for their Champions League game.
Pep Guardiola was without five first-team players for the trip to West Ham on Saturday, could only name Kevin De Bruyne on the bench, and had to use his third substitution taking Kyle Walker off because the right-back was so shattered. Asked if that meant he would not play in midweek, the City boss indicated that the state of the squad meant he would be in contention.
With Sergio Aguero also adding to their injury concerns, the Blues head to France where they have unhappy memories. They scrambled to a 2-2 draw with Lyon in 2018 the last time they were in the country, while the same opponents dumped them out at the quarter-final stage back in August.
Having played just one more game than City despite being in action for three more weeks, coach Andre Villas-Boas hopes that the better condition of his team can be more important in deciding Tuesday's game than anything picked up from Lyon's triumph.
"You can't really get inspiration from Olympique Lyon when you are Olympique de Marseille - that is quite clear - but we have prepared obviously and watched a lot of Manchester City games including the Olympique Lyon game in the final eight," he said.
"Obviously [City] are a fantastic team with not many flaws to exploit but as their coach said they have had a streak of games that is quite intense and that is maybe wearing them out now so we hope the physical aspect can [be in] play.
"We are going to set up a strategy and maybe it will work, maybe not but we are focused on tomorrow."