Lyon seem to have taken a liking to push out of the Champions League those clubs for whom winning the top European trophy has become an obsession. First, Juventus, and now, Manchester City.

The French side will face Bayern Munich who humiliated Barcelona 8-2 on Friday next week Wednesday.

Rudi Garcia’s side outclassed the Citizens 3-1 at the Joao Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon in the last Quarter-Final bout of this unprecedented summer edition, winning themselves a spot among the Top Four of Europe for the second time in their history. They will face Bayern Munich on Wednesday for a dream Semi-Final.

Lyon’s exploit also means that, for the first time, two clubs from France – the other being, of course, Paris Saint-Germain – will be battling in the Champions League Semi-Finals, with the possibility of an all-French Final.

As for Manchester City, the Champions continues to be an unreachable chimera. The Citizens crashed out of the tournament before the Semi-Finals for the fourth season in a row. It might be time to take some painful decisions at the Etihad Stadium, with even coach Josep Guardiola being potentially affected.

Pep was indeed hired with the specific objective of bringing the trophy to the sky blue side of Manchester – but, for some reason, his side continues to fall short of expectations in Europe and mostly against clubs who are weaker than his squad on paper.

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