Barcelona-Lyon: A Clash of Top Scorers and Top Form

Alexander ReinhardContributor IFebruary 23, 2009

The Champions League moves on to the second round starting Tuesday with a first-leg match between La Liga leaders Barcelona and Lyon, who recently moved their way clear to the top of the table in France.

After a tough 2-1 loss to Espanyol on Saturday, Barcelona hope to regain their relentless form that has propelled them into dominance this season. 

Both clubs have the ability to score, as the squads boast two of the Champions League top scorers in Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema. They have each netted five goals during Champions League play and will look to outperform each other in order to become the lone player with six goals on the goal charts.

While Messi remains a threat coming up on the outside of the pitch, Lyon must remain poised to stop any attack Samuel Eto'o brings from the middle. The Cameroon native could prove to be the difference maker in such a high-octane match. 

Eto'o leads all scorers in La Liga with 23 goals in 24 games. He is followed on the list by superstars David Villa of Valencia with 19 goals and Messi with 16.

Barcelona scored more goals than any of the other remaining 16 teams during the group stage, with 18 goals in six matches, while Lyon surrendered 10 goals, more than any other team.

These two clubs have a recent history with each other in Champions League play, having met last year in the early group stage. Barcelona came away with a big 3-0 victory at home, following a 2-2 draw away at Lyon, to beat out the often-favorite French team.

This will be a battle between two talented and proven clubs, each eager to score as much as possible and provide cushion for the second-leg match, which will be played in Barcelona on Mar. 11 at the Camp Nou.