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red_devils4life said:
Gregory Coupet,Sidney Govou,Kim Kallstrom,Fred,Cristiano Gomes,Mathieu Bodmer,Abdul Kader Keita & Fabio Grosso.

Below is Olympique Lyon's best possible Starting-XI line-up:

------------------------------------Gregory Coupet-------------------------------------

Anthony Reveillere---Cristiano Gomes---Sebastien Squillaci---Fabio Grosso

-------------------Mathieu Bodmer------------Juninho Pernambucano-------------

Hatem Ben Arfa------------------Kim Kallstrom---------------------Sidney Govou

------------------------------------Karim Benzema--------------------------------------
I think it will be must it :
-----------------------------------------Coupet-------------------------------------------
---Clerc(reveilleire)--------Cris--------------Squillacci------------Grosso----------
------------------------------------Fabio Santos-----------------------------------------
----------------------------Kallstrom---------------Juninho-----------------------------
-----Ben Arfa-------------------------------------------------------------Govou--------
---------------------------------------Benzema------------------------------------------
 

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nenad kovacevic said:
I think it will be must it :
-----------------------------------------Coupet-------------------------------------------
---Clerc(reveilleire)--------Cris--------------Squillacci------------Grosso----------
------------------------------------Fabio Santos-----------------------------------------
----------------------------Kallstrom---------------Juninho-----------------------------
-----Ben Arfa-------------------------------------------------------------Govou--------
---------------------------------------Benzema------------------------------------------
There's only 1 difference in the teams:Fabio Santos ahead of Mathieu Bodmer. So,it's almost the same.........:)
 

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Juninho has been described as one "of the world's most feared strikers of a static ball". A survey by the French sports daily L'Equipe from December 2006, revealed that 45% of Lyon's goals (at the time one of the best attacking teams in Europe) resulted - either directly or indirectly - from set-pieces and freekicks delivered by Juninho. Juninho's free kicks have comparatively less ball rotation, but high air-speed. This makes use of any air drafts or wind which causes changing drag patterns on the seams of the ball. Thus the ball may move unpredictably or 'wobble' in the air. This has lead many to avoid forming a wall between Juninho and the goal on set-pieces, to give the goalkeeper a greater chance of keeping out the shot when their view of the ball is not impeded. To date, Juninho has scored 35 freekicks for Olympique Lyonnaise.

After he scored a 41 meters free kick for O.Lyon, Pro Evolution Soccer gave him the ultimate gift in their game for free kick specialists, a 99 Free Kick Accuracy stat.

Profile: Olympique Lyonnais
Have we met before? Yes, twice. And United are unbeaten against the French champions. The Reds were 2-0 down at half time in the teams' first ever meeting in September 2004. But two second-half Ruud van Nistelrooy strikes earned a valuable point in Group D. A rare Gary Neville goal and another from van Nistelrooy gave the Reds victory back at Old Trafford later in the year.

Where do they play? Stade Gerland. Lyon plan to move to a new stadium in 2010, but for now this 43,051-capacity stadium remains their home.

How did they do in the group stages? Lyon are not as strong as they were a couple of seasons ago. They lost their opening two games - both 3-0 scorelines - to Barcelona and Rangers. But they recovered well and were unbeaten in their next four games, including a 3-0 win at Ibrox to seal their passage to the Last 16.

Who’s the boss? Former Portsmouth manager Alain Perrin. He lasted just eight months at Fratton Park before being sacked for poor results. Since taking over at Lyon in May 2007, Perrin has continued the success of Gerard Houllier as Lyon, who have won the Ligue 1 title six seasons in a row, currently remain top.

Who’s their star man? Juninho Pernambucano. The Brazilian is a tricky customer and a real goal threat. He already has three goals from six group stage matches. Dangerous from set-pieces.

Any European history? Despite being tipped by some as potential winners in recent seasons, Lyon have never got past the quarter finals, although they are almost certainly the toughest side United could face in this year's Last 16.

http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid=%7BB4CEE8FA%2D9A47%2D47BC%2DB069%2D3F7A2F35DB70%7D&newsid=516804
 

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Champions League Draw, Predictions Please!

So we've just had the Champions League draw earlier today - with some amazingly tasty looking games for our British sides. First off Celtic will play Barcelona, and what a whopper of a game that'll be. Manchester United get a decent draw, playing Lyon, but Liverpool have Italian giants Inter Milan which will definitely be tough. Arsenal paid the price for not topping their group and play supreme Champions of the World AC Milan, whilst Chelsea shouldn't have to worry too much about Olympiakos should they?
(Those teams in brackets r whom i think will triumph)
Here's the full draw:

Glasgow Celtic v FC Barcelona (FC Barcelona)
Olympique Lyon v Manchester United (Manchester United)
Schalke 04 v FC Porto (FC Porto)
Liverpool v Inter Milan (Liverpool. Much as i hate it,the Scousers always fare very well in the Uefa Champions League,while Inter Milan,unlike their city rivals,AC Milan,always flop in European games)
AS Roma v Real Madrid (Real Madrid)
Arsenal v AC Milan (AC Milan)
Olympiakos v Chelsea (Chelsea)
Fenerbahce v FC Sevilla (FC Sevilla)

(Ties to be played on 19/20 February and 4/5 March)

So who are your favourites to drift through to the next round and who do you think will flounder?
 

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red_devils4life said:
Manchester United get a decent draw, playing Lyon
Don't be so sure: you underestimate Lyon;)

Lyon have the most talented team they ever had...they are just a bit green. Ben Arfa and Benzema are just AWESOME and many big teams want them for next season.

I only pray for Wes Brown to play right-back...hehe:D

Anyway, definitely a good game!

Good luck to both teams!
 

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No doubt Karim Benzema & Juninho Pernambucano r Olympique Lyon's best players. If Rio & Vida can keep Fernando Torres anonymous throughthout the whole game,I believe they can manage Karim Benzema too. Mind you,Benzema ain't better than Torres. Next, I believe Owen Hargreaves & Anderson can take turns to nullify Juninho's threat from the middle of the pitch. Ah-ha! And that's where United will 4gt totally 'bout Hatem Ben Arfa. He will secretly sneak down the left-wing unknowingly, & guess who he's up against?! Wes Brown! The player who juz' refuses sign a new contract deal with United. Ohmygosh! Gazza be back in time for this fixture!
 

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red_devils4life said:
& guess who he's up against?! Wes Brown! The player who juz' refuses sign a new contract deal with United
I don't think he would do anything to intentionally screw us over. It would be really bad for his rep. As soon as rumors of him leaving "whatever" team, or "so-and-so" is interested, everyone would start criticizing his every move.
 

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PrinceZane said:
I don't think he would do anything to intentionally screw us over. It would be really bad for his rep. As soon as rumors of him leaving "whatever" team, or "so-and-so" is interested, everyone would start criticizing his every move.
Nono,I'm nt sayin' that he would intentionally screw us over. I'm juz afraid that Wes Brown might not be able to contain him or keep him quiet for the whole game.
Gazza's still the more reliable guy in the right-back slot. If come February & he's still not back yet, United might be in huge trouble. Many other opponents will def' take the great opportunity to exploit the right-back. I'm not sayin' that Brown is lousy or what. But, I doubt that he could actually subdue the likes of Andrea Pirlo,Ronaldino,Zlatan Ibrahimovich,Robinho,Luis Fabiano.......
 

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Actually, it is more like this...

-----------------------------------------Coupet-------------------------------------------
---Reveilleire------------Cris--------------Squillacci---------------Grosso------------
------------------------------------------Toulalan-----------------------------------------
-----------------------Juninho---------------------------Kallstrom-----------------------
-----Govou-------------------------------------------------------------Ben Arfa--------
---------------------------------------Benzema------------------------------------------

And one point : Lyon is said to be less good than a few years ago...Of course, we do miss Abidal, Diarra, Essien, and Malouda...
But you should not be so sure about this...
Actually, they will be better...
At the begining of the year, they were learning...
They were previously relying way too much on Juninho to create stuff...
Now, they can rely on Benzema and Ben Arfa also.
Toulalan is a vacuum cleaner in front of the defense. He can be terrific.
The main thing will be be Cris. He had knee issue, and his replacement, Kleber Anderson is scary for Lyon's fans...And it is not sure he will be in shape for Manchester's games...
And maybe the newcomers Keita, and Bodmer, you may already know them, will be integrated...These two can become very good...

So, see you in february...
 

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red_devils4life said:
If Rio & Vida can keep Fernando Torres anonymous throughthout the whole game,I believe they can manage Karim Benzema too. Mind you,Benzema ain't better than Torres.
I do not know much about Torres...
But it seems to me that your defense will have a hard time defending Benzema...
Of course they may do well...Or they may not...
But the guy is freaking good...And he has just turned 20...
He can do it all, not only score (16 this year), gives the assist (5), ignitiate the attack, and defend...
Compared to Torres, he lacks pure speed...But that may be the only thing...
 

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I do not know much about Torres...
But it seems to me that your defense will have a hard time defending Benzema...
Of course they may do well...Or they may not...
But the guy is freaking good...And he has just turned 20...
He can do it all, not only score (16 this year), gives the assist (5), ignitiate the attack, and defend...
Compared to Torres, he lacks pure speed...But that may be the only thing...
Torres has a more powerful physique, better in the air & faster pace than Benzema. Benzema is a better finisher & technical ability is superior to Torres.
But one thing u must keep in mind:
Wazza + Carlitos>Torres + Benzema :)
 

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Benzema is very good but as soon as we draw anyone we always pick up on their best player and i think give them more credit than they deserve. Benzema is still very young and Vidic and Rio Ferdinand should keep him under control and let Tevez and Rooney do the damage up the other end. I think Rio+(Benzema+dirt)=eat.
 

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Yep...I'll just pray so that Cris can come and save us from Carlitos and Rooney...
If we have to rely on Anderson...Sick...:(
Anyway, unless we have to go back home with loggages full like Roma did last year,
it should be ok...We would come back next year...
But at least, I really think that we can be a bit of a pain in the ass...:D
 

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Don't get me wrong i think you stand a chance definitely, you never know in the champions league..but I just think Man utd are the clear favourites and if we do the job properly (which there is every chance we might not) we shouldnt be presented with too much of a problem.
 

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Agind said:
Just Watch for Juninho, Anderson and Hargie should give him pressure man to man or both of them to press Juninho.
And I hope Fergie signed Benzema :D
i don't think juninho is too much of a threat in open play....it's his dead balls we should be worried about as i believe this kid is the best dead (set peice) specialist in world football
 
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