Lyon vs Bayern Munich LIVE: Team news and line ups confirmed, Champions League semi-final

LYON vs BAYERN | LIVE!

  • This will be Bayern Munich’s 12th appearance in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League
  • Lyon manager Rudi Garcia is looking to become just the second French manager to lead a French team to the Champions League final
  • In all competitions, Bayern Munich are on the longest unbeaten run across Europe’s top five league’s
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored in eight consecutive UEFA Champions League appearances for Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Thiago, Goreztka, Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski.

Lyon XI: Lopes, Dubois, Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal, Cornet, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Aouar, Toko-Ekambi, Depay.

Twitter round-up

Fred: LYON WILL KNOCK MIGHTY BAYERN MUNICH OUTTA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BOOKMARK THIS TWEET.

Martin: If Lyon beat Bayern tonight I’m going to run around town with nothing but a Lyon crest painted onto me.

Micco: If Bayern Munich won 4-1 against Chelsea, then 8-2 against Barcelona, does that mean we’ll beat Lyon 16-4?

Strange bunch of Tweets tonight, lads. But Micco… OBVIOUSLY that’s true. Duh.

Starting XI

The team news arrives. Moussa Dembele remains on the bench despite a brace off the bench against Manchester City. Full analysis on the way.

Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Thiago, Goreztka, Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski.

Subs: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odriozola, Sule, Pavard, Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Hernandez, Tolisso, Coman, Zirkzee.

Lyon XI: Lopes, Dubois, Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal, Cornet, Caqueret, Guimaraes, Aouar, Toko-Ekambi, Depay.

The underdogs…

Perhaps it’s a bit disrespectful for the bookies to have Lyon as 9/1 underdogs this evening – but I can understand why.

Rudi Garcia replaced Sylvinho as manager two months into the season, the club finished outside the European qualification places and they are playing the most in-form side in Europe.

But… Lyon have overcome their status as pre-match betting outsiders in four of their last five Champions League victories.

They’ve also got lethal duo Moussa Dembele and Memphis Depay on their books.

Upset on the cards?

Evening…

Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Lyon vs Bayern Munich from Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.

No, I’m not enjoying the 27 degree weather in Portugal this evening – I’m basking in the light drizzle that Kent is serving up. What a treat.

Tonight is the second Champions League semi-final to determine who will play Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s grand finale.

Surprise package Lyon beat Italian champions Juventus and Manchester City to reach this stage, while Bayern Munich humiliated Barcelona.

In fact, Bayern have crushed everyone they’ve faced in Europe this season by an aggregate score of 39-8.

Should be a decent evening by my calculations. Standby for team news and line ups.

LYON vs BAYERN | TEAM NEWS

Lyon manager Rudi Garcia has a selection headache with fit-again Moussa Dembele available for selection.

The French centre-forward came off the bench to score a brace against Manchester City during their quarter-final victory. He could replace Karl Toko Ekambi alongside Memphis Depay.

Bayern Munich will have to assess whether Benjamin Pavard is fit enough to be considered at right-back.

The defender injured ligaments in his ankle late last month but has returned to fitness quicker than expected.

“Benjamin has worked hard in the past days and we are all happy that he is here,” said manager Hansi Flick.

“We will wait for the final training session tonight and see. He is not an option to start but an option to be in the squad.”

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