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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, he will be hoping that he can go one step further this season and make it all the way to the final.
The two sides met little over two weeks ago when Mourinho’s men enjoyed a 4-0 win over their French opponents thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Sami Khederia, Sergio Ramos and an own goal from Hugo Lloris, and the men in the famous white shirt will be seeking a similar result in order to all but secure their place in the next round.
Lyon have a poor record against Spanish sides of late, and have only won one of their last ten encounters against Spanish opposition, although that sole win did come against Madrid in 2010. The Merengues have lost only one of their past 16 Champions League games, but at least Lyon have a better record at home than they do away – they have lost only one of their last 12 European games at home.
In previous years Madrid had become something of a joke figure in European football having spent millions on the best player in the world only to repeatedly come up short in the Champions League – but they are a different proposition under Mourinho and are the only team remaining in the competition that have won all three of their group games so far without conceding a goal.
Christiano Ronaldo will of course be the main danger man for Remi Garde’s men to watch, but the will also have to keep a close eye on Benzema who has proved himself so dangerous in front of goal already this season.