Lyon boss Rudi Garcia says he "will tackle Ronald Koeman when the time is right" over the Barcelona head coach's public courting of Dutch forward Memphis Depay.

Koeman made no secret of his desire to sign the Netherlands international during the recent transfer window but a deal failed to materialise, despite the player agreeing personal terms.

The ex-Netherlands boss revealed earlier this month he remains hopeful of signing Depay, describing the attacker as a "great player" who can provide Barca with something different.

However, Garcia has not taken kindly to Koeman's comments over a player who remains under contract with the Ligue 1 side until the end of the campaign.

"Remind me to tackle Koeman when the moment is right," he said at a news conference on Friday ahead of Lyon's league trip to Lille this weekend. 

"It's not the right moment yet, but when it is, I'll do it. We'll see what happens."

Barca have been tipped to make a fresh approach for Depay when the transfer window reopens in January.

He has been directly involved in eight Ligue 1 goals in eight outings this term - three more than any other player - and only team-mate Leo Dubois has created as many chances (24).

Since making his Ligue 1 debut in January 2017, meanwhile, only Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has scored and assisted more times (108) than Depay's 83 goal involvements.

Asked if Depay will move on in a little over two months' time, Garcia said: "We'll have to wait and see how things go. 

"He's not leaving for definite, but there will probably be clubs in for him soon."

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas named Arsenal while discussing the future of in-demand star midfielder Houssem Aouar.

Aouar has been linked with Premier League outfit Arsenal, as well as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea following Lyon's memorable run to the 2019-20 Champions League semi-final.

Lyon value Aouar at €60million (£55m) and are refusing to lower their demands as Mikel Arteta's Arsenal struggle to raise the necessary funds.

Asked if Aouar could remain at the Ligue 1 club, Aulas told Le Progres: "Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else [in a tricky spot amid the coronavirus pandemic].

"And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us."

Lyon captain Memphis Depay has also been linked with Barcelona and Milan, while Moussa Dembele continues to attract interest from across Europe.

"From the start I said that we would not lose the three players announced every day in the newspapers," Aulas said.

"Ten days before the end of the transfer window, none of the three have gone. And I don't imagine that will happen. If one or two leave, they will be replaced."

Lyon have endured a difficult start to the 2020-21 season, winning just one of their opening four matches to sit 12th in the standings.

But amid doubts emerging over head coach Rudi Garcia's future, Aulas insisted: "Rudi is with us. He has been cited as one of the best 10 managers in Europe. News gets invented, it is sad.

"We are not going to respond to such nuisances. Rudi Garcia is and will be our manager, that is clear. And we are going to have a great team."

Rudi Garcia is unsure what the future holds for his Lyon stars after their "unexpected" run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Lyon fell to Bayern Munich 3-0 in the semi-finals in Lisbon on Wednesday to end their European run.

But departures are expected at Lyon, who finished seventh in Ligue 1 and missed out on European competition for 2020-21, with Moussa Dembele, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay linked with moves.

Lyon head coach Garcia said he was unsure what was ahead, but felt his players proved their quality in the Champions League.

"We don't know what's going to happen," he told a news conference.

"What is clear after the success we've had here, an unexpected one, is this team would have deserved to make it even further, but it's difficult to answer this question. We have a great squad and we'll see.

"In terms of finances, it's not up to me to answer, it's up to the club president and the sporting director, but when we look at the team, I didn't have to make it to the Champions League semi-finals to know how good my players are."

Lyon were left to rue wastefulness against Bayern, squandering several chances before a Serge Gnabry brace and Robert Lewandowski's late goal.

Garcia lamented his side's inability to take their opportunities against the Bundesliga champions.

"They were just efficient, clinical. You have to say the team who were more clinical won it," he said.

"We hit the post. If we'd scored at that point the match might have been very different, but I like how my players followed the game plan. We defended very well and Karl [Toko Ekambi] had that chance.

"We weren't fully attentive when we conceded the first goal. We could have played with more width at times and been faster in possession and played with that width. We managed to do a better job in the second half but when you're trailing Bayern Munich 2-0 it's difficult to come back.

"We played some good long balls, we attacked well at times and had some good spells. We gave them some problems and we had two more great chances with Moussa and Karl. We just had some bad luck and weren't clinical enough in those situations.

"But I feel Bayern are a great team and they deserved the victory. The way they played, we have to congratulate them. It's true we gave them some problems, but they scored that third goal and that finished off the match."

Rudi Garcia felt Lyon paid the price for not taking their chances against Bayern Munich, though he was still full of pride for his side's unlikely run to the Champions League semi-finals. 

The French side had knocked out Juventus and Manchester City to reach the last four in the competition and they had opportunities to go in front against Bayern on Wednesday, too.

Garcia knew Lyon could have success in behind a high defensive line, yet crucially both Memphis Depay and Karl Toko Ekambi failed to find the net when the game was still scoreless in the first half. 

Serge Gnabry then struck twice to put the Bundesliga champions in command and while their opponents battled hard after the break, Robert Lewandowski added a late third to confirm a showdown with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

The final score flattered Hansi Flick's Bayern, according to Garcia.

"We can be proud of our run and our game, but yes, it is the disappointment that prevails," the former Roma and Marseille boss told RMC Sport. 

"We lacked success because we had to lead, but eventually we fell behind. We have this feeling of injustice that has weighed us down a bit.  

"At 2-0, it's complicated even if we didn't give up in the second half. We knew they were going to be very high up and that we had to use the spaces behind their full-backs, as was the case with the opportunities for Memphis and Karl.  

"What we didn't do well in the first half was to use the ball and move them sideways. We did it a lot better in second, but when you don't score, you can't qualify. 

"We believed in making this final and the match showed it. When we had the chances, we saw that Bayern Munich were not tight. The score does not reflect the match."

Garcia must now quickly switch his squad's focus to the new Ligue 1 season, with Lyon hosting Dijon in their opening fixture on August 28.

However they will not get to play European football again, having languished down in seventh in the table when the previous top-flight campaign was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

"You have to get back into the championship quickly and that's what I'm a little afraid of, because it happens very quickly," Garcia said.

"But we have to get back on track quickly because we only play the championship. We know that it will be different and that the game plan will be different.  

"We will have to master our matches from now on."

Lyon boss Rudi Garcia concedes Champions League semi-final opponents Bayern Munich are a team with few weak points but says no side is perfect.

Bayern crushed Barcelona 8-2 in Friday's quarter-final tie to make it nine wins in a row in this season's competition and 27 victories in their past 28 matches overall.

However, Lyon knocked out a much-fancied Manchester City side in the previous round, having already overcome Italian champions Juventus in the last 16, and Garcia insists his side have no fear.

"We cannot look at the stats, otherwise we will just stay and watch the game at the hotel," he said at Tuesday's pre-match news conference.

"We know who we are playing - they do not have many weak points. But like all the teams in the world, none of them are perfect.

"It is up to us to express what we are capable of. We are capable of doing anything with this team, even causing problems for Bayern.

"Yes we are an outsider, but we have already taken out some great teams."

Lyon stunned City 3-1 in Lisbon on Saturday through a couple of Moussa Dembele goals after Kevin De Bruyne had cancelled out Maxwel Cornet's opener.

And Garcia believes his side, who finished seventh in last season's shortened Ligue 1 campaign, will take great confidence from their performances up to this point.

"It's good to be in the semi-finals - it's already been a huge effort. The two qualifiers we have played should give us confidence if we need it.

"It is a real pleasure to see the Lyon players give everything for each other."

Garcia added: "If we looked at City's stats before the match, we could tell ourselves there is not a lot we could do. Bayern is the same.

"We know that we are arriving as outsiders, but we will have chances and must seize our opportunities."

Match-winner Dembele was a second-half substitute against City, with Karl Toko Ekambi preferred up top, but Garcia is not ruling out changes to his line-up on Wednesday.

"Everyone is physically fine," he said. "But we have discussed with the staff whether playing four days later would be problematic.

"It should be fine but we have the ability to change the team. If one or two are not ready then others can take over."

Rudi Garcia said Lyon were growing in confidence heading into their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Lyon backed up their upset of Juventus by stunning Manchester City 3-1 in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

But the Ligue 1 side face another enormous test in the last four as they prepare to face Bayern on Wednesday.

Garcia said his team were becoming increasingly confident, but understands they will need another upset against the Bundesliga champions.

"I think that we are getting more and more confident. Our results prove it," the Lyon coach told a news conference.

"But we know that we are the underdog against Bayern. We will need to do something big again, like we did against Juventus, like we did against City.

"We are not the favourites to go to the final. But we are in the semi-finals, so we are allowed to think that we deserve it.

"If we reach the final, we will really deserve it. For sure."

Rudi Garcia proudly announced Lyon "won the tactical battle" against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in their shock Champions League win.

Lyon reached the semi-finals with a 3-1 success in Lisbon on Saturday as City were dumped out at the quarter-final stage for the third season running.

Maxwel Cornet scored midway through the first half and Lyon rallied again following Kevin De Bruyne's equaliser, with substitute Moussa Dembele on target twice.

Lyon lined up with a 3-5-2 formation, which City matched, but Garcia's side looked far more comfortable than their opponents.

The coach explained to RMC Sport: "You have to expect everything with Guardiola, but we won the tactical battle.

"We have mastered our formation well. We have returned to a hybrid set-up to stop De Bruyne."

Tactics were not the only route to victory, though, with Garcia hailing Lyon's team spirit as they battled hard against apparently superior opposition.

"I'm proud of my troops," he said. "We believed in ourselves. We knew we were not favourites against a big team, but we managed to qualify by scoring three goals and conceding only one.

"It is linked to our collective spirit. We saw everyone working to a high level for each other."

Garcia was also pleased for Dembele, who started from the bench but made a decisive impact.

"It was a disappointment for Dembele not to start, but I told him that he would be very important," Garcia revealed.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas paid tribute to coach Rudi Garcia following the surprise 3-1 Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City.

The Ligue 1 side were outsiders for the contest in Lisbon despite progressing past Juventus in the previous round, but they produced a memorable victory.

Maxwel Cornet opened the scoring in the first half as City appeared uneasy with Guardiola's altered set-up and starting XI, choosing to go with a back three.

Kevin De Bruyne levelled deep into the second period, but howlers from Ederson led to Moussa Dembele netting twice in the closing stages to secure a famous win for Lyon.

It takes them to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 10 years and Aulas believes the achievement vindicates the decision to appoint Garcia in October after a shambolic start to the season under Sylvinho.

"It's a huge achievement, well done to Rudi, Juninho [Pernambucano, sporting director] and to the players who were magnificent," an emotional Aulas told RMC Sport.

"We had a terrible year, we started badly, we changed coaches, we had terrible injuries. We were able to recruit and react strongly.

"We have a talented team. You have to have a bit of success beyond talent, we've had some, that's why we have to remain humble. It's a very great performance.

"Garcia is a boy who does his job well. We had identified him to straighten out OL. He knew with humility, and sometimes difficulties, to do his work.

"It is the evolution towards what we have wished. Juninho knew how to support him in difficult times. It is a confirmation for me, he deserves the recognition."

Bayern Munich await in the semis, as they did a decade ago, and Aulas applauded his players for what he feels is a response to perceived injustice with the early end of Ligue 1, which left Lyon finishing the season seventh and requiring to win the Champions League just to qualify for Europe again.

"It's wonderful," Aulas said. "We have a group that has been able to transcend itself, to come together. As we have good players and only the psychological side was missing, we see that this competition comes at the right time.

"We are living fantastic moments, I'm very happy. It's great to have been able to string together a qualification against Juve and then against City.

"We know they [Juve and City] are fantastic powers. We feel that normally this team [City] should have progressed, it's a feat and a kind of resonance compared to everything we have been through in recent months.

"The players seized on this injustice which has nailed us to seventh place [in Ligue 1]. We are making results, we had to beat this team.

"It was excellent coaching from Rudi. I think of all our supporters who find pride again."

Lyon will take inspiration from Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League heroics when they seek to book their own semi-final spot at the expense of Manchester City.

Rudi Garcia cited PSG's stunning last-gasp revival against Atalanta as a source of motivation for his side, who face City in Lisbon on Saturday.

PSG scored twice in stoppage time to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, while RB Leipzig reached the last four for the first time with a late 2-1 triumph over seasoned campaigners Atletico Madrid.

Both of those results – as well as Lyon's last-16 success over Juventus – gave Garcia cause for optimism as he looked ahead to taking on Pep Guardiola's City, themselves eyeing a maiden Champions League title.

"It would be historic to have two French clubs in the semi-finals, we must be inspired by what PSG did," said Garcia.

"Having eliminated Juventus, that must give us confidence.

"We want to stay a long time in Lisbon, even if City are the big favourites of this confrontation.

"But the start of the quarter-finals showed that favourite teams can be roughed up."

Garcia is ready for the fact City are likely to have more of the ball, but the Frenchman is backing his side to stand up to the challenge.

"We know very well that we will not win the battle of possession against this team, because it is part of its identity," said the former Roma coach.

"But we must not let this team and its individualities pose problems for us. But it's not the system that matters, it's what you put in it, the animation.

"You also have to be able to press high and play with our strengths."

The two teams met in the group stage of the 2018-19 Champions League, with Lyon earning a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium following a 2-2 draw on home soil.

Rudi Garcia called Lyon's loss to Juventus "the happiest defeat of my career" as his side earned a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Memphis Depay's early penalty ultimately earned an away-goals victory for Lyon, despite Cristiano Ronaldo's double in Turin meaning the last-16 tie ended 2-2.

Manchester City, who overcame Real Madrid in Friday's other fixture, await the Ligue 1 side in the last eight on August 15 in Lisbon, and the result left former Roma coach Garcia revelling in his team's success.

"It's one of the most satisfying moments of my career and getting past Juventus really is an exploit," Garcia told Sky Italia.

"The penalty we conceded just before half-time hurt us, Juve hadn't been that dangerous until then and it gave them confidence.

"Ronaldo then scored that real Champions League level goal, but we stayed calm and that was what I appreciated the most about my team. We didn't panic, we kept plugging away and everyone contributed to keeping the ball.

"It was tough for Juve to do better without Paulo Dybala, but we proved that we have a strong defence, as we also held out Paris Saint-Germain for 120 minutes in the cup last week.

"I know this stadium, I came here with Roma, so I know how tough it is to win here. Let's just say this is the happiest defeat of my career!"

Garcia was not a universally accepted appointment at Lyon, with the Frenchman having coached rivals Marseille between 2016 and 2019.

He guided Lyon to a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1 in 2019-20, with France's top-flight ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lyon head coach Rudi Garcia told his side to "remain humble" after a surprise 1-0 Champions League win over Juventus.

Lucas Tousart's 31st-minute goal helped Lyon to a home victory in the first leg of the last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Garcia was delighted with Lyon's performance, particularly in the first half at Groupama Stadium.

"I am very happy with the victory and the match. We had two sides to our play," he said, via the club's website.

"In the first period we defended very well, we conceded nothing and we managed possession by creating chances. We rose to the level of the occasion.

"In the second period we had more difficulties because Juventus pressed and pushed to attack, but I liked the fact that we hung on and defended as well as we did.

"It was essential not to concede a goal and we will have to try to score at Juventus Stadium in the return to qualify. Now we must remain humble, we are at half-time of this tie.

"Juventus are not beaten every day. We rose to the occasion by competing and dominating Juventus. We gave a lot of effort and we ran a lot. We must now rest for Sunday."

The return leg will be played in Turin on March 17.

Lyon have taken the drastic action to threaten their own supporters with legal action after the emergence of a social media fad that has seen coach Rudi Garcia and – to a lesser extent president Jean-Michel Aulas – depicted as clowns.

Some fans have hijacked the replies to tweets posted by Lyon's official Twitter account this week, responded to any post with doctored images predominantly of Garcia as a clown.

The backlash came in response to the club's official Twitter account blocking a vocal fan who had initially created and posted the meme as a sign of frustration.

Lyon are now taking a hard-line approach to the phenomenon, though even the tweet used to announce possible legal proceedings against those involved was inundated with clown-related responses.

A club statement read: "Olympique Lyonnais (OL) announces that the club will now file legal complaints for all content, posted or shared on its social networks, which may constitute abuse, defamation, threat, harassment or incitement to hate or violence.

"It is our duty to mobilise to fight against instances of discrimination and hate, online and on the field. OL will manage its responsibilities in this sense."

Lyon, who sit seventh in Ligue 1 after an underwhelming season, host Juventus in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Rudi Garcia says Cristiano Ronaldo is still among the best players on the planet but the Lyon boss has no plans in place to stop the Juventus forward.

Lyon welcome Italian champions Juve to the Groupama Stadium on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Ronaldo scored for a record-equalling 11th-straight Serie A match in Saturday's 2-1 win at SPAL and boasts 65 goals in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.

Lyon head coach Garcia acknowledged the threat Ronaldo poses, but has warned his players there is more to Juventus than one player.

"I don't know him but he's a great professional," ex-Roma chief Garcia said at a pre-match news conference. "He works more than the others, both before and after sessions.

"It is interesting for the sport to have such players. He is among the best on the planet and it's nice to face him. 

"There is no anti-Ronaldo plan - we have to deal with all of their champions. If we need an anti-Ronaldo plan, we need an anti-Dybala plan, an anti-Higuain plan. 

"There are too many good players on this team to solve problems individually. We're going to have to solve them collectively."

Ronaldo has made a habit of scoring crucial goals on the European stage, but Lyon striker Moussa Dembele fired blanks in all six of Lyon's Group G matches.

The 23-year-old has scored 20 goals in 38 games in all competitions this term and does not feel under any pressure to get off the mark in the Champions League.

"There are a lot of expectations for my first Champions League goal, but there's no pressure on me," he told reporters. 

"I want to play my game, doing my best for the team.

"I am physically in good shape and try to do my best both before and after training to ensure that I am at the top of my game."

Memphis Depay is expected to be out for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury, says Lyon sporting director Juninho.

Depay was substituted at half-time during Sunday's Ligue 1 defeat at home to Rennes, having initially been hurt in a tussle with Hamari Traore.

The forward sustained a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee that could rule him out of action for several months.

Depay now faces a battle to return in time to feature for Netherlands at Euro 2020.

"We expect Memphis' injury to be quite serious," Juninho told OL TV.

"We expect it to keep him out for the rest of the season. He's our captain and I'm sad for him."

Depay's injury came after they had also lost Jeff Reine-Adelaide to a suspected meniscus problem, with reports suggesting he could be out for around four months.

The former Manchester United man has scored nine goals and assisted a further two in 13 Ligue 1 appearances this season, as well as netting five times in five Champions League games.

Rennes moved up to fourth in the Ligue 1 table thanks to a 1-0 win earned by a late goal scored by 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga, with Lyon sitting eighth after 18 games.

Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said: "I'm not happy with the results or the performances. The evening is made worse by the fact that we lost Reine-Adelaide and Depay to injury."

Rudi Garcia rued Lyon allowing their Champions League fate to slip from their grasp with a 2-0 defeat at Zenit.

Lyon controlled the action in St Petersburg for long periods but lacked cutting edge in the injury absence of star attacker Memphis Depay.

Zenit's imposing centre-forward Artem Dzyuba headed the hosts into a 42nd-minute lead and Magomed Ozdoev's deflected strike six minutes from time made the points safe.

The result leaves Lyon level with Zenit on seven points heading into the final matchweek, knowing they must better the Russian Premier League champions' result next time out to finish above them.

"We owed it to ourselves to do better," Garcia told reporters.

"We needed at least a draw to keep matters in our own hands when it comes to qualifying.

"We conceded two goals when we sat back. We would have done better pressing higher up the pitch and creating more chances."

Group leaders RB Leipzig have already qualified and are up next for Lyon, while Zenit travel to Benfica – a Europa League berth now the best the Portuguese giants can hope for.

Sergei Semak oversaw back-to-back defeats against Leipzig and knows his men have room for improvement.

"What I didn't like was the first part of the second half when we were too passive," the Zenit head coach said.

"Apart from that we did what was needed and deserved to win. But as you saw, there are certain aspects we have to work on."

Dzyuba could not resist poking a little fun at Zenit's domestic rivals Lokomotiv Moscow being knocked out of the Champions League following their defeat at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

"It was sad to see Lokomotiv eliminated last night but we'll try to go as far as possible – I can promise that," he told UEFA.com.

"It was tough under pressure from Lyon in the second half. But we were quite good and Misha Kerzhakov, especially, had a great game in goal."

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