Thursday 7 April 2022

Anyone Feeling Nervous? This News Won't Help!

Stuck in Shannon airport waiting on a delayed Ryanair flight, the tension is rising ahead of tonight's clash with Olympique Lyon. 

On the surface, Lyon are having a poor domestic season and languish in 9th in Le Ligue, totally adrift of a Champions League place. This is principally due to some chaotic defending and a collection of talented but underperforming players.

But make no mistake, as Porto discovered, when it comes to the Europa League Lyon find defensive focus and their star players strut their stuff. 

With Dembele and Aouar up front, Lyon can punish any slack defending and the newly arrived Tete, escaping from Shaktar Donetsk, has quickly demonstrated his abity scoring within two minutes of his weekend debut!

How Moyes handles the right back situation will be key as Ryan Fredericks looked clumsy against Everton and Vlad Coufal lacks game fitness. Fortunately, Lyon are not particularly dangerous down the wings which will allay some concerns about the right back issue.

That said, Bowen is back and looking sharp. Antonio was on form against Everton and will fancy himself physically against an ageing and underperforming Boateng. 

But whatever happens this tie will not be decided tonight. Moyes' men are resilient and determined. They will be unlikely to be intimidated by the trip to Lyon and, if anything, will see it as an opportunity to add pressure to their French opponents.

As for that flight, it's just been put back another 20 minutes so i am really sweating on making it on time....


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