Lyon vs Bayern preview: team news, form guide

Lyon and Bayern will meet in the 2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals.

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Aiming for a fifth UEFA Women's Champions League title in a row and seventh overall, two of many records they already hold, Lyon have the new challenge of a one-off quarter-final against a Bayern side hoping to match their men's heroics earlier this week.

Unlike in Lisbon, Lyon – fresh from beating Paris Saint-Germain on penalties to retain the French Cup – are the favourites, even allowing for injuries to Ada Hegerberg and Griedge Mbock Bathy. But Bayern, with several new signings, looked strong when the Bundesliga resumed in late May and June, but have to upset the odds to move a step closer to shaking off their record as the only German entrants to have never lifted this trophy.

Meet the teams

Lyon
UEFA ranking
: 1
This season: P4 W4 D0 L0 F27 A0
How they got here: Ryazan 16-0agg (R32), Fortuna Hjørring 11-0agg (R16)
Last five games: DWWWW
Top scorer: Ada Hegerberg (9)
Last season: Winners
European best: Winners (2010/11, 2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19)

Most Likely To... Lyon
Most Likely To... Lyon

Bayern
UEFA ranking
: 5
This season: P4 W3 D0 L1 F9 A2
How they got here: Göteborg 2-2agg away goals (R32), BIIK-Kazygurt 7-0agg (R16)
Last five games: WDWWW
Top scorers: Mandy Islacker (no longer at club), Lina Magull, Carina Wenninger 2
Last season: Semi-finals
European Cup best: Semi-finals (2018/19)

Player guide

Lyon
Out
: Mbock Bathy (Achilles), Hegerberg (knee), Silva (Achilles)
Would miss semi-final if booked: none

  • All-time competition top scorer Hegerberg has made the squad but having been out since January did not feature in any of their warm-up friendlies and will not be involved on Saturday. Nikita Parris has taken over Hegerberg's attacking role but another England player, new signing Jodie Taylor, is also an option.
  • Evergreen captain Wendie Renard is usually partnered in defence by Mbock Bathy; possible alternatives are Kadeisha Buchanan or left-backs Alex Greenwood and new signing Sakina Karchaoui.
  • Reigning UEFA player of the year Lucy Bronze signed a short-term deal alongside Greenwood to stay (though Australia right-back Ellie Carpenter has arrived). Also choosing to stick around was goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi, like Renard part of all six titles, and playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsán, who will have the likes of Amel Majri, Eugénie Le Sommer and new arrival Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir around her, with the midfield usually anchored by Amandine Henry and possibly Saki Kumagai.

Bayern
Out: Bühl (shoulder)
Would miss semi-final if booked: Beerensteyn, Ilestedt

  • Many key players leaving, including Mandy Islacker, Kathrin Hendrich, Melanie Leupolz and Ali Riley, means the squad has undergone an extensive overhaul.
  • Forwards Lea Schüller, Sarah Zadrazil and Viviane Asseyi, plus defenders Hanna Glas and Marina Hegering (who has overcome a recent injury), have all arrived since the round of 16.
  • Schüller is coming off a prolific season with Essen and has looked good in warm-up games.

Expert view: Annike Krahn, 2009 winner with Duisburg

With their experience and quality, Lyon are definitely favourites. Bayern have lost some key players over the summer, including Melanie Leipolz. They’ve recruited well but it’ll be interesting to see how they’ve settled.

Bayern need to take risks going forward and get shots off through their quick attackers. The Munich side can limit Lyon by winning individual head-to-heads.

With Henry and Marozsán, Lyon have an excellent midfield, even if top scorer Ada Hegerberg is absent. The French side also have excellent squad depth, so they’ll be able to bring on quality from the bench.

Lyon are favourites, but in a one-off game and on a good day, I could see Bayern springing a surprise!

Krahn will be providing comment during the game in our MatchCentre.

Lyon's record six triumphs
Lyon's record six triumphs

What the coaches say

Jean-Luc Vasseur, Lyon: "It’s a new format, but it doesn’t frighten us, we haven’t thought about it in that way. We’ve prepared well. It means there will be three finals to win, and you have to prepare that way, so I find it quite passionate and exciting."

Jens Scheuer, Bayern: "The preparation has been very good, if short. Everyone is in good form and we've no injuries to report aside from our long-term ones. Lyon are an outstanding team, incredibly strong and seem to get better. They have an excellent coach, too. However, I think we will manage to find opportunities."

What's next?

The winners will take on Arsenal or Paris in the semi-final in Bilbao on Wednesday.