Although they are often overlooked in comparison to their Ligue 1 rival Paris Saint Germain, the fact remains that Olympique Lyon is one of the top teams in all of Europe and a threat against anyone that they match up with on the pitch. This was certainly borne out in their International Champions Cup opener in which they won a thriller over Benfica.
The victory by Lyon was a reminder about not just their own superior ability but also the appeal of the International Champions Cup where dream matchups often turn into instant classics. Lyon will next face an Inter Milan team with their own success and tradition of excellence. The two clubs will meet Saturday in Italy.
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2018 International Champions Cup Inter Milan vs. Lyon
Date and Time: Saturday, August 4, 2018, p.m. ET
Location: Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce, Italy
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Stadio Via del Mare was opened in 1966 and has been renovated since then both in 1976 and in 1985. The current capacity is 40,670. The venue is the current home of US Lecce and is primarily used for soccer matches.
The Lyon Roars
Lyon showed tremendous resiliency and grit in its opening match of the International Champions Cup in which they defeated Benfica 3-2 for one of the most exhilarating matches so far in the ICC. Lyon started off in great fashion by staking out a 2-0 lead only to later blow it in the second half. But Martin Terrier saved the day with the game winning goal at the 83-minute mark to put Lyon over the top. Despite taking an early lead Lyon was outplayed early by Benfica. Indeed, Benfica hit the goal post twice on early attacks but from there Lyon took command with the first two goals of the match. For Lyon the victory was a tremendous statement maker as Benfica is the long-time traditional power from the top league in Portugal. Lyon was forced to make four saves while Benfica had to make three stops. Possession was even for both clubs.
Internazionale Shot Down by Chelsea
Inter Milan opened International Champions Cup competition with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea that was then settled in a penalty session in which Chelsea prevailed 5-4. Chelsea is one of the top offensive clubs from the English Premier League and forced Milan to make a total of five saves. In comparison Milan forced only three saves by the blues. Chelsea also dominated possession as they had the ball 58% percent of the match.
What to Know, Watch and Expect from Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon finished third in France’s Ligue 1 this last season and qualified for the UEFA Champions League as a result. Since 1987 they have posted five Coupe de France and seven Ligue 1 titles. The team is currently in transition with a massive youth movement on the roster. Manager Bruno Genesio has managed Lyon for all seven of those Ligue 1 titles. During the 2017-18 season Genesio’s club ranked seventh for all top tier European teams for goal scoring. Memphis Depay leads the prolific attack with 19 goals last season.
What to Know, Watch and Expect from Inter Milan
Inter Milan has a unique style that emphasizes width of the field and a lot of cross passing. Mauro Icardi is their top scoring threat and has led the team in goals for four of the past five seasons. The team captain scored 29 goals in 36 apps for 2017-18.
Inter Milan vs. Lyon Free Picks
Lyon demonstrated in their ICC opener that they can fill the net and not be frazzled by adversity. Inter Milan is not quite as dynamic.
Inter Milan vs. Lyon Pick: Bet the money line on Lyon
Inter Milan vs. Lyon Score Prediction: Lyon 2, Inter Milan 0
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