Pre-match previews

Dinamo Zagreb – Olympic Lyon preview



Venue: Maksimir 38072 capacity
Date: 22 November
Weather : 11 degrees clear (Weather2umbrella)
Pitch: Good
Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees:
Roman Slyško (SVK)
Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)

Kick-off: 20:45 CET

Dinamo Zagreb

This is a perfect game for Dynamo because they are underdogs, their best player is injured and they have no chances to pass this stage. Why do we say that? Because they can finally play without any pressure and show us a bit of their potential. They just don’t have anything to lose anymore. In the last game of Croatian championship, they managed to get just a draw against Istra at their home ground. They are slowly losing chances for winning the title this year. This young team just isn’t ready , to play this kind of high-tempo season.
Soudani, their best player so far this year, is injured, but that will not be a big problem because they haven’t scored in Champions League competition this year. Maybe now they will when nobody expects that.
They will have to play hard and physical against Olympic Lyon if they want a good result because French team is better in all positions on the pitch. Ante Coric will just have to show something from his potential that we have heard off. Most important for their game is that their defense will have to remain solid during the whole match and not just in first 30 minutes and then to fall apart like they’re doing during the whole competition. It is really interesting that defensive line is conceding goals so easily and they are looking as a bunch of amateurs on the pitch. Goalkeeper Semper needs to have someone in front of him who will guard and protect him from Alexandre Lacazette, or he will be in a really bad situation. There are no secret tactics , Dinamo just has to get out on the pitch and give their best, and maybe just maybe, they will score that goal and will avoid unpleasant fact of not scoring during the whole group stage of Champions League.
Olympique Lyon is on a good streak as they are unbeaten in the last four matches. With three wins and one draw and good performances, their confidence before this match is pretty high. In the French championship, they have won in Lille after a hard game and that performance has definitely proved that they are in good shape. They are aware that they have to win in order to keep their chances of qualifying for the next phase of this competition. They are absolute favorites in this match and they are keen on showing that they deserve such a status. There is no high philosophy in their game. Strong midfield, playing tough and hard for the whole 90 minutes, experienced attacker and solid defense.We saw that in Turin. Alexandre Lacazette told the media that he will be leaving in January butt this will not reflect this match.
Rachid Ghezzal and Maciej Rybus are unavailable for this match, and that too, will not be a big problem. Tolliso will run the midfield and will be the creator of all Olympique Lyon attacks. Bruno Génésio will probably rest some players to avoid any risk of suspension or injury before their final match in this group.
Lyon will try to impose their own style of game with lots of through balls aiming Alexandre Lacazette as their target. We might expect a lot of long shots especially if Dinamo plays ultra-defensive like they did in Sevilla two weeks ago. High pressure on center backs, and probably one player that will constantly guard Ante Coric because he is the home team crucial player.


The last time when these two clubs met Olympique Lyon scored seven goals in Zagreb. That game was under the suspicion that the Dinamo players had not play defense as they could. Visitors will probably win again, maybe not with seven goals but with two or three for sure. Dinamo Zagreb was long ago eliminated from European competitions and they will use this match to try to redeem themselves for bad performances in first four games.
Olympique Lyon, on the other hand, has to win this match in order to stay in combination for first two places. The French team has minimal chances and also they will be needing a good result in Sevilla. If Juve win they are back in the game.
We could expect a good game with lots of nice moves , Dinamo will not defend today because this is their last game in Zagreb in this year’s Champions League. Put your money on Lyon win with a handicap.

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