Apr 27, 2010

Preview- Bayern vs Lyon In UEFA Champions League

Arjen Robben goal agaist Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais
 Bayern München 

in UEFA Champions League semi-final clash

Lyon will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit against the Bavarians giants Bayern Munchen in the second leg at the Stade Gerland in order to reach the final of Europe's premier club competition for the first time.
Arjen Robben scored a goal agaist Lyon in the 1 st leg in Munic Germany.

Claude Puel, Lyon coach
We've spent three days away from the city like we did before Real Madrid, and it's been calm and quiet. I think our lack of experience compared with Bayern won't cause any problems. We have to win by a two-goal margin, so we need to be enterprising. Bayern are confident and they have reason to be because they dominated the first match. Let them be confident. They succeeded in pinning us back during the first leg. We can have some regrets but they can too because they could have scored more goals.
We cannot wait. We'll have to really concentrate [but] I'm confident we can beat any team in Europe. We're not worrying about our opponents. We know if Bayern have some injury problems, other good players will take their place. We have to play our own game, not like in the first leg.

Louis van Gaal, Bayern coachWhen I used to manage teams in the Netherlands I always said to my players that German teams fight until the last minute. You could never say you'd won until the final whistle. We must do the same here. There's an incredible will in our squad. We've always come up with the answer; we depend only on ourselves.
Unfortunately, several players had injury troubles at the weekend. The tactical aspect was fine last week after Franck Ribéry's red card and I'm really proud of that. We always play to attack; we're not a team who can defend and avoid conceding goals. We've not played any differently all season and we're not going to start now. I never feel pressure before a match. As the game approaches, the tension starts to mount but it's useful; I need it to make my decisions. 

Team news
Out: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (gastroenteritis)
Doubtful: Martín Demichelis (calf), Daniel Van Buyten (calf), Diego Contento (leg), Miroslav Klose (illness)
Suspended: Danijel Pranjić, Franck Ribéry
Misses next match if booked: none
• Tymoshchuk has not travelled to France while Demichelis and Van Buyten picked up minor calf problems on Saturday and Klose missed training on Monday with a cold.

• Hamit Altıntop trained on Sunday after recovering from a groin problem and will be available.
Out: François Clerc (knee), Joan Hartock (ruptured Achilles), Mathieu Bodmer (hamstring)
Doubtful: Jean II Makoun (groin), Lisandro (ankle), Jean-Alain Boumsong (calf)
Suspended: Jérémy Toulalan
Misses next match if booked: Aly Cissokho, César Delgado, Maxime Gonalons, Kim Källström, Cris, Miralem Pjanić
• Cris is likely to play despite suffering hip and knee injuries in Munich, saying on Monday: "I feel better and should be OK". Boumsong has resumed training and is expected to play.

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