Lyon manager Bruno Genesio hopes his players take inspiration from Manchester United and Ajax’s comebacks last week as they look to pull off their own Champions League upset at the expense of Barcelona.
Les Gones head into the return leg of their last-16 tie at Camp Nou as the clear underdogs against a star-studded Barcelona, who come into the game following recent back-to-back Clasico wins over Real Madrid.
The Blaugrana are clearly brimming with confidence right now as their bid of winning the treble this season grows stronger on the back of booking a place in the Copa del Rey final and building a seven-point lead in La Liga.
Despite holding Ernesto Valverde’s side to a goalless first-leg draw in France on February 19, Lyon aren’t expected to provide the five-time Champions League winners much of a challenge on their home turf.
“It shows anything is possible,” said Genesio, according to beIN SPORTS.
“Nobody gave Manchester United a chance and they did it. We saw how Ajax eliminated Real Madrid. It gives us extra hope even if each match and the context is different.
“You have to have confidence. You have to take calculated risks. This is how we have to approach the match.
“We need to play a perfect game.”
Spearheading Barca’s charge for a treble this season is Lionel Messi, who scored in another man of the match performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.
Despite the presence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, however, Genesio will not resort to any special man-marking tactics.
“Many things depend on Messi. He’s an extraordinary player,” said the Frenchman.
“We’ll develop a gameplan to reduce his influence. We won’t mark him individually, that’s for sure. We have to work collectively to stop him.”
Nabil Fekir will return from suspension for Lyon on Wednesday night. Although both Rafael and Marcelo are doubts for the French side.
The return leg between Barcelona and Lyon will begin at 9:00 (CET).
— Oumar Solet (@OSOLET_26) March 12, 2019