LYN Vs DIJ Dream11, Probable Playing 11 And Match Report: Lyon return to the Ligue 1 after a hiatus of over five months.
Finishing Ligue 1 2019-20 in 7th place as they endured one of their most torrid campaigns in recent years in the competition, no one envisaged Lyon to do anything spectacular as the side returned to the footballing arena. However, the club embarked on one of its most glistening campaigns in the Champions League, a soiree held in massive reverence across the global stage.
Holding PSG to a 0-0 draw in the Coupe de la Ligue final, Lyon’s defensive might ended up serving as the shot in the arm for the side’s rejuvenation. They used the momentum from that display to hold out Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League before eventually downing Manchester City 3-1.
It was a sensational result, a performance which not only sent the French club to the semi-finals of the coveted tournament but sent ripples across the footballing fraternity. While they were subsequently defeated 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, Lyon managed to give a good account of themselves to show that solid times await the club and its boisterous supporters.
And the side will be looking to utilise the momentum garnered from those results to get their 2020-21 sortie in Ligue 1 off to a winning start. The club squares off against Dijon today, a side it will be quietly confident of putting down with any massive qualms.
For Dijon, the new season began with a 1-0 defeat to Angers. The result was vindictive of their 16th placed finish last season with the team’s aberrations in defence leaving them floundering to a drab attacking display.
This will be a tie where defence will take precedence. Both the sides have struggled to rake up the goals off late but its Lyon’s individual brilliance which should see the side come out of this with the three points.
Anthony Lopes from Lyon becomes the first name to grace the ambit of our Dream 11 side. The shot stopper showed the global stage what he’s capable of with a sublime show of shot parrying against Manchester City, one which saw him quietly guide his side to a win in the background.
Lyon were in horrendous form all across the foregone season but the one area where they impressed was defence. One of the stringiest and strongest backlines in the competition, the team let in a frugal 27 goals to compensate for an attack which was offering nothing.
And with Dijon known for their inclement brand of attacking football, we envision Lyon beginning their new season with a cleansheet to their name. It sees a triad represent us from the home side, one comprising of Leo Dubois, Marcelo and Jason Denayer.
We also have the one name make its way into our setup from Dijon with the resilient Bruno Ecuele Manga being instilled in our team after a stellar showing against Angers.
Lyon’s ascendancy in the Champions League was concurrent with Houssem Aouar’s rise in stature. At a time when the team has failing to string together the goals, Houssem went from strength to strength with each passing tie with his ability to control the midfield seeing him tear City into shreds.
Dijon on the other hand will see us opt for a triad of picks. We begin with the midfield pairing of Didier Ndong and Romain Amalfitano, two names who can help occult Lyon’s attacking attempts and help protect the integrity of the side’s backline.
In a team devoid of attacking exuberance, Eric Ebimbe emerges as someone who has waged a lone battle for the side. His ability to exploit the flanks and layup the ball for his counterparts sees him earn a place in our team for the day.
Lyon’s top scorer last season with the 16 goals and 2 assists, Moussa Dembele needed up with almost 50% of his team’s goals. We are pairing him up with Memphis Depay who had the 9 goals, two players on whom the side’s attacking onus will lie yet again this season.
With a hand in 18 goals for the club last season, Dembele will be our captain for the day while Depay is the vice-captain.
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.
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