Olympique Lyonnais supervisor Rudi Garcia mentioned successful the tactical battle with Pep Guardiola’s facet had been the important thing to his staff’s shock 3-1 win within the Champions League quarter-final on Saturday. The victory sends Lyon, who completed seventh within the French league, right into a conflict with German champions and event favourites Bayern Munich in Lisbon on Wednesday.
“With Pep, you’ll be able to anticipate something. We knew that Pep may concoct one thing to trigger us issues. However ultimately I believe we gained the tactical battle within the sense that we’ve mastered our tactical system, even when I modified it (in the course of the match),” mentioned Garcia.
Lyon had been in a position to exploit the area left in midfield by Guardiola’s resolution to play an additional defender and when Metropolis reverted to their regular, attacking formation, the French facet punished them on the break.
“I’m experiencing quite a lot of happiness proper now … once I see the enjoyment within the dressing room, I inform myself that I’m in the suitable,” he mentioned.
“You possibly can’t cease once you’re on such an excellent path. It’s not the evening to speak about Bayern, however we’re solely within the semi-finals, we’ve nonetheless acquired a couple of steps to go,” he mentioned.
Garcia left striker Moussa Dembele on the bench however the former Celtic ahead responded with two targets after approaching within the second half.
“It was a disappointment for Moussa to not begin, however I informed him, he was going to be essential when coming into. Salvation got here from the bench,” he mentioned.
Dembele’s targets prompted wild scenes on the streets of Lyon on Saturday as followers gathered within the metropolis centre, dancing and lighting flares to have fun their victory over pre-match favourites Metropolis.
“It was an advanced sport in opposition to a really nice staff. For a participant, there’s at all times a bit little bit of unhappiness to begin on the bench, however I made a distinction,” Dembele informed French tv.
“We made the promise to present all the things. The spirit of the group has modified, we all know that we’re an amazing staff.”
Lyon’s shock victories over Juventus and Metropolis got here after the French season was halted in March and, in contrast to most European leagues, didn’t resume.
Garcia mentioned they’d made probably the most of that scenario.
“We tailored to the suspension of Ligue 1, we had eight weeks of pre-season, it’s large. Our health coach actually got here up with the right resolution for our gamers,” he defined, whereas additionally conceding that his gamers drained in the direction of the top.
“We’re creating a style for issues, however our confidence ranges are rising on this squad, our outcomes have proven that, however we’ll nonetheless be the outsiders, the underdogs in opposition to Bayern Munich,” Garcia mentioned.
“We’ll want to tug off a shock consequence, simply as we did in opposition to Juventus and tonight in opposition to Manchester Metropolis.”