Pep Guardiola’s men suffered a 3-1 loss in Lisbon, despite the best efforts of Belgium international playmaker, who had a match with a composed finish after being the recipient of a cut from Raheem Sterling.
Kevin De Bruyne has been impressed by Houssem Aouar’s performance
Kevin De Bruyne named Houssem Aouar as the Lyon player who impressed him the most during Manchester City’s shocking Champions League exit on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s men suffered a 3-1 loss in Lisbon, despite the best efforts of Belgium international playmaker. Who had a match with a composed finish after being the recipient of a cut from Raheem Sterling. Before this, Maxwel Cornet pounced on to give Lyon an advantage while the French side broke free in the last 11 minutes, effectively responding to score twice via substitute Moussa Dembele to get the match out of reach. It was not, however, the goal scorers who impressed De Bruyne the most. “I don’t watch French football much,” De Bruyne told reporters. “But if I had to choose one name, it would be Houssem Aouar for me. He played well today.”
Aouar deemed attractive to Guardiola’s style
Aouar has been linked to a potential move to City in the past, with his technical trappings deemed attractive to Guardiola’s style. Indeed, his long-term future at boyhood club Lyon is uncertain as they won’t play European football next season unless the French side does not win the Champions League. Meanwhile, reports in France suggest that Arsenal made an offer to him last week. However, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas deemed it insufficient, with the Gunners proposing Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal. Juventus and PSG are also said to be watching him closely. The 22-year-old, who is uncapped for France, has been a lynchpin for Lyon this season, playing 40 times while contributing nine goals and ten assists.
He made his debut as Lyon made a run to the Europa League semi-finals in 2016-17. And tied in an overall 11-2 win over Alkmaar, and has made 136 first-team appearances since then. He will look to play a significant decisive role for the Rhone outfit in their upcoming Champions League semi-final with Bayern Munich. The second time in their history that they have reached that stage of the competition.