Lyon coach Rudi Garcia acknowledged his aspect had been “no longer environment any limits” after their soft defend over Manchester City on Saturday draw up an unlikely Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.
The French team defeated Pep Guardiola’s males 3-1 in the ‘Final Eight’ in Lisbon with a leisurely brace from replace Moussa Dembele deciding the game after Kevin De Bruyne’s purpose had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet’s opener.
Their victory against principal-fancied City comes after they ousted Italian champions Juventus on away targets in the old round. But they’ll now occupy to gaze off an ominous Bayern team on Wednesday if they’re to make the final.
“All of us know who we are arising against next,” acknowledged Garcia.
“We eliminated a Juventus aspect who had been one in all the contenders to defend the Champions League, and a Manchester City aspect who had been contenders to defend the Champions League.
“Bayern can be exactly the connected, but on the foundation of what the players occupy proven logically we can still hope to web thru one other round and that is what we’re going to put collectively to take a look at out to manufacture.”
Lyon performed seventh in the curtailed French season, a desperately wretched exhibiting from France’s 2nd-richest club that method they’ve to now defend the Champions League ethical to qualify for Europe once more in the contemporary campaign.
They’ve seemed in continental competition in every of the closing 23 seasons, but they’ve by no method long past past the semi-finals of the Champions League.
That has occurred ethical once earlier than, when they lost to Bayern in the closing four in 2010.
“Self belief is increasing all over the squad, but we would be outsiders and over once more this would furthermore wish an exploit from us to undergo,” acknowledged Garcia.
“While you are in the closing four we can bid that we deserve to be there and if we web to the final we essentially will deserve it.”
The feeble Lille, Roma and Marseille coach became appointed closing October and has by no method won over Lyon supporters, but this end result can ideal occupy improved his standing.
“I manufacture this job to abilities these moments but they’re very rare in a profession,” he acknowledged.
“Tonight is dazzling but it doesn’t give us something else, there’s no title or save aside in Europe. Now we desire to web higher, savour this and let it sink in.”