Soccer is made up of individuals. And, sometimes, these reigns.
There are players who are above everything and everyone, like Messi. A level never before seen, logically superior to their comparisons.
There are also players who are above their team … Or their team is below them. This is the case of Lyon.
The key between French and Spanish will be marked by individuals and nothing else.
What makes you think that a tactical approach by Bruno Genésio can eliminate Barcelona? Possibly, nothing. Manchester City suffered the individualities. With Barcelona, they will try to be the same. It is the only formula.
Lyon is a club with explosive players. The defense is another story.
That said, they could be defined as two teams in one. One when attacking, another when defending. In these instances, this does not always give results.
… But have you seen Memphis Depay play?
Barcelona will never be an easy opponent while Messi is in the field. If the Argentine (for some reason) loses the month of February, the chances of the club come down suddenly. A drastic change.
Valverde’s team is mediocre, only that someone always rubs the lamp.
There are a lot of top names, there is an impressive template. But there is not a great team.
Let’s say that the Blaugranas bet on the individualities as a desperate measure, as the only solution. And it’s not even several, only Messi. Only now it could count a little with Dembélé.
Where is Coutinho? What about the goals of Suarez? Will Malcom bring something?
Oh, missing a striker. With it would come rotations. And with the rotations, everything changes.
Maybe it’s not as easy as I put it. It is the only logical explanation I find. Maybe you need to add difficulty to the Champions.
Messi surrounded by a good team could make this competition very easy.
Yes, that’s for sure.
Finally: Lyon has opportunities.