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‘I’m sure we can pass’ – Marcelo tells Lyon strategy to overcome Man City

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Marcelo chooses to be optimistic over his side’s chances against Manchester City but admits that the tie could go either way.

Olympique Lyon experienced a dismal domestic season, finishing seventh in Ligue 1, but they are more than capable of making up for it with an exciting run in Europe.

Lyon shocked Juventus by knocking them out of the Champions League on away goals by beating them 2-2 over two legs in Round of 16.

Up next for them is perhaps their toughest test as they go against Manchester City. Their opponents also share a similar story, having endured a disappointing domestic season but reaching the semi-finals by overcoming record winners of the competition Real Madrid.

The heroics of the French side, who have played only two competitive games since April, are not just limited to Champions League. They managed to keep the mighty Paris Saint-Germain at bay until normal time in Coupe de la Ligue final but lost out in penalty shoot-out.

Marcelo believes his side do have the chance of winning the match on Saturday night, but they will have to maintain their momentum from the last two matches.

“Football is incredible, sometimes incomprehensible things happen. In Lisbon, without the supporters, on neutral ground, anything can happen. It’s 50-50,” the Brazilian defender told L’Equipe.

“We know the tactical and technical quality of De Bruyne and Jesus. He is really in good shape at the moment, but we too can defend well and make efforts in front.

“If we play like against PSG and Juventus, I’m sure we can pass.”