Real Madrid and Lyon resume their old rivalry on Tuesday as Jose Mourinho’s side look to address their poor record against the French side.
Madrid have twice come undone against Lyon in recent years and failed to beat their French opponents in seven Champions League/European Cup meetings.
Before they made amends last season, and while Mourinho guided Los Blancos past the last 16 for the first time in 6 years last season, the Portuguese manager controversially came undone against the brilliance of Barcelona to end his hopes of joining the elite club of managers who have won the Champions League with three different clubs.
Much will rely on the performance of Christiano Ronaldo, who recently made his 100th appearance for the Spanish giants, and while he couldn’t mark it with a goal, his record of 95 goals puts him head and shoulders above almost every forward in Europe.
Madrid have enjoyed a decent enough start to the season and currently sit in 3rd place in La Liga just a point behind fierce rivals Barcelona. Their recent form also suggests this could be a one sided encounter far removed from their previous meetings, with Madrid winning their last four games, scoring 17 and conceding just three goals in the process.
Mourinho will be delighted with the return to form of Higuain who scored his 3rd hat-trick in four games against Real Betis over the weekend , and the Argentinean striker will be seeking to add to his impressive tally of late against a Lyon side who have four points from their two Champions League encounters so far.
Lyon have started their season well enough but have appeared vulnerable at the back, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of PSG recently before getting their Ligue 1 campaign back on track with a 3-1 win over Nancy last weekend.
Madrid have so far beaten group rivals Ajax and Dinamo Zagreb and will go some way to securing top spot in Group D if they can claim all three points on Tuesday.