Lyon captain and star man Nabil Fekir will be assessed tonight to determine if he is fit to face Manchester City tomorrow, coach Bruno Genesio revealed at his pre-match press conference.
Fekir, who famously saw a move to Liverpool collapse in the summer, played only 45 minutes of Lyon’s weekend win over Saint-Etienne and was considered a minor doubt for the City game.
The 25-year-old will take part in Lyon’s training session tonight and then inform Genesio how he is feeling, with the Lyon boss sounding optimistic of his chances.
“We need our players to be at 100%,” said Genesio. “Nabil Fekir is indispensable in this kind of match, he’s our captain. He’ll let us know how he’s feeling after tonight’s training session.
“Fekir was reassuring after Friday’s match. He has recovered well.”
Fekir scored one and set up the other in Lyon’s surprise 2-1 win over City at the Etihad Stadium back in September.
Like every opposition coach in the Champions League, Genesio had complimentary words about City and knows his players must be at their very best, despite the result in the reverse fixture.
“We have to play the game without a second thought. On paper, they’re a superior team. We’ll have to be at 150% in order to be successful.
“City are a team that control between 70 and 75% of possession. They’re very compact defensively and apply lots of pressure.
“Manchester City are one of the favorites to win the Champions League. They’re one of the best teams in Europe. But we are also ambitious… we must believe in ourselves.”
Genesio was joined at the press conference by defender Jason Denayer, who joined the Ligue 1 outfit from Manchester City in the summer. And despite being awarded little opportunity in Manchester, Denayer has only positive thoughts about his previous employers.
“[City] are a team with huge offensive potential,” the Belgian said. “We will surely suffer, but it’s up to us to do what’s necessary. I had a good time there and I gained a lot of experience. I remember the positives.
“The coach played his tactics perfectly in the first leg. I had never really experienced that before: beating a huge favorite. We’ll need to do it again tomorrow. Nabil Fekir looked good yesterday. We’ll see for sure tonight.”