How Barcelona could line up against Lyon

How Barcelona could line up against Lyon

The usually free-scoring Catalan giants drew three games in a row before battling to a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday, scoring only four goals across the four games.

"We know that we can compete tomorrow, but we are not favourites", he said.

"We are in a privileged position in La Liga, but this is a totally different competition", said midfielder Sergio Busquets, who played when Barcelona drew 1-1 in Lyon at this stage 10 years ago, on the way to a 6-3 aggregate victory.

"It is no use trying to man mark Messi, but the more players we can get around him, the more chance we have of stopping him".

That includes taking seven points out of a possible nine away from home in the group stage, with Barca notably beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at Wembley in October. Let us know in the comments section below.

Thomas Vermaelen is unavailable for Barcelona after picking up a calf problem against Valladolid, with the Belgian joining Rafinha, Jasper Cillessen and Arthur on the sidelines.

Genesio will have to be without star man Nabil Fekir due to suspension, as well as other important players who face late fitness tests.

Manager Bruno Genesio admits the absence of the World Cup-winner will be a big blow. "Nabil Fekir is our captain and technical leader".

"It is always hard to plat without him because he is a very decisive player".

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"We have to find a balance tomorrow", he said.

"He likes being decisive".

"We have to be measured".

"It will take more effort than usual". I'm calm and serene.

"Some players are still a doubt ahead of the game like Tanguy Nambiar and Jason DeLeon, which is why it is still too early to say who will be starting", he stated.

Genesio, whose side are third in Ligue 1, said: "We are proud to have participated in the rise of Samuel Umtiti".

"He is a victor and a competitor".

"I give him the ball and he does incredible things".

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