Manchester City - OL: Back on Europe's biggest stage
Last August 30 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas expressed his excitement at the Champions League group stage draw in an interview with OLTV: "It's always a special moment when we meet here. There is immense pride in bringing our club into this competition. We already have a good history in the Champions League and this year we will be able to enrich it by facing clubs we've never played against before."
Indeed, in almost 60 years competing on the European stage, Les Gones have never matched up against Manchester City, Hoffenheim or Shakhtar Donetsk. However, OL have already established a solid reputation on the continental scene: reaching the European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1964 against Sporting Lisbon, facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals in 2010 and, just two seasons ago, reaching the Europa League semifinals against Ajax Amsterdam.
Ahead of their 15th Champions League appearance since their first match in 2000 against Heerenveen, OL look to build on their status as the French club with the most European games played (252 to date) with another memorable run in 2018-19... It all starts this Wednesday at 21:00 CET in England against one of the odd-on favorites to win it all. Manchester City will be a serious test, but Lyon have shown in the past - against the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid - that they have what it takes to rise to the occasion in the Champions League.