Our prediction for this Champions League match:
After playing out a goalless draw with Olympique Lyon in France, Barcelona will be aiming to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a win over the Ligue 1 outfit at their Camp Nou. Barca are a real force to be reckoned with at home and it is no surprise they are considered hot favourites to win Wednesday’s football match. Leo Messi is not getting any older and the Argentine magician, who has been scoring goals for fun in La Liga this term, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Les Gones, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a defence-minded approach in the return leg, but preventing Barca attackers from scoring in the Camp Nou clash is easier said than done. You should bear in mind that the Catalan giants crushed Lyon 5-2 in their last meeting in Barcelona in the elite competition.
Highlighted Player (Coutinho):
Philipppe Coutinho Correira is a Brazilian football player born on 12th of June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. Coutinho started his football career for Vasco da Gama where he played in the youth as well. By the age of 16 Internazionale signed Coutinho but let him play in Brazil until he was 18 years old. After 2 difficult seasons Internazionale let Coutinho go for a loan period to Espanyol and after 1 season he got transferred to Liverpool for approximately 8 million euro. Coutinho played in several youth teams of Brazil but made his debut for the first team in October 2010. With a height of only 171cm Coutinho is physically weak. He compensates his physical ability by being very creative, having a great vision and passing. The preferred position of Coutinho is attacking midfielder where he gets easily into the right position to give an assist. Coutinho won the Italian Suppercoppa, the worldcup for club teams and the World Cup of nations U20. Coutinho was part of the Liverpool team that was able to become second in the Premier League.
Highlighted Team (Olympique Lyon):
Commonly referred to as Lyon, Olympique Lyonnais is the French club which play their games at the Parc Olimpique Lyonnais with a capacity just a pinch short of 60,000. Lyon is one of the most popular clubs in France with a vast fan base on par with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille.
The club achieved moderate success during the 1960s and 1970s led by the likes of Bernard Lacombe and Jean Djorkaeff, while the golden era of the French side came at the start of the new millennium when Lyon began to achieve greater success both in France and on the international level.
It was not until 2002 that Lyon won their first ever Ligue 1 title which sparked an ongoing national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. During that time Lyon were regular participants of the UEFA Champions League. The French club reached quarter-finals on two occasions, while they even played in the semi-finals in the 2009-10 season.