Lyon’s President hoping his side can replicate PSG feat against Barca

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Nabil Fekir of Lyon celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester City and Olympique Lyonnais at Etihad Stadium on September 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas believes they can match Barcelona’s strength after ending Paris Saint-Germain’s unbeaten run in Ligue 1.

The Parisians were on a 20 game unbeaten run ahead of the tie, only to see their run go in tatters despite taking the lead via Di Maria’s strike in the seventh minute.

Goals from former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir secured a 2-1 win for Lyon and Michel-Aulas paid some glowing tributes to his side.

With Lyon claiming major victories against Manchester City and PSG, the club president is aiming for another major scalp against a European heavyweight on February 19.

“The team played a very good match,” Aulas told reporters via FourFourTwo. “The first half started badly, but we reacted quickly.

“I really take my hat off to the team and to Bruno, who once again selected the right team. Playing with four attackers, as we did, it was ambitious to attack PSG and we made it difficult for them.

“It gives us great satisfaction to stay close to [second-placed] Lille and prepare for the Champions League match against Barcelona, which will be at a similar level.

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“PSG looked a bit unnerved by the will and pressing of our players. We may have been thinking about getting closer to Barcelona. It’s all great. This is a moment of happiness.”

Surprisingly, coach Bruno Genesio revealed they were only concerned about keeping pace with Lille, who are three points ahead of third-place Lyon and thrashed Nice 4-0 on Friday.

“It was very important because Lille won,” he said. “We needed to take three points to stay close to them.

“To inflict on PSG a first defeat is rather incidental. The goal is to move forward and to take second place. We remain close to Lille, who are running at full speed.”