There is little doubt that Jose Mourinho will still be hurting from last season’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona. He would love to be the manager who brings the biggest prize of all back to the Santiago Bernabéu. After starting with two wins from their opening two group matches against Dinamo Zagreb and Ajax then they will be favourites on Tuesday night to make that three wins from three against Lyon.
However under Rémi Garde then Lyon will prove no easy pushover for Madrid and have Champions League pedigree of their own with some strong performances in recent seasons. Real will take one huge step to towards the knock out stages should they win on Tuesday as that would take them to nine points and only one win away from another last sixteen spot. After having won the Champions League at Porto and Inter Milan then Mourinho has this competition in his blood and wants to win it again but Lyon were semi-finalists in 2009-2010 and they too have started the group stage relatively well with a 0-0 draw away to Ajax and a 2-0 win at home to Dinamo Zagreb.