Lyon’s Claude Puel: No Easy Ride Against Fiorentina

Lille/Metz - 12.01.2008 - Ligue 1 L1 -

Last season Olympique Lyonnais progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League at the expense of Fiorentina and Claude Puel, the general manager of the Rhone Valley giants, has hinted that the Viola will be desperate for revenge this term.

Puel said that he thinks the Serie A outfit are no weaker than they were 12 months ago.
“They will be our most consistent opponent since the start of the season,” he told a pre-match press conference.

“They are a very strong team, very well structured, very disciplined tactically. There are a lot of experienced players.

“Their formation has changed very little since last season. They lost the Brazilian Felipe Melo , but they are very consistent with players of great quality.

“There is also young Milan Jovetic, who has broke through this season. He is a revelation. He is very dangerous and very complementary to Alberto Gilardino. He really brings a lot.

“This is a test, especially with it being the first match of the Champions League in a very tough group with two qualifying spots for the next round.”

Lyon have also been paired with Liverpool and Debrecen and Puel intimated that he wants his men to accrue maximum points from their first two matches, before playing the tricky double-header against the Reds.

Meanwhile, this match will be the third Ligue 1-Serie A matchup in the opening week of Champions League football. OL must win in order to redeem French pride, as Milan defeated Olympique de Marseille 2-1 on Tuesday and Girondins de Bordeaux could only secure a 1-1 draw against Juventus.

~ by footballdirecta on September 16, 2009.

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