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Jean-Alain Boumsong : « It's up to us to play ».

Published on the 05 May 2008 à 22:01 by BV

Thanks to there success over Marseille, Bordeaux pulled off the best result of the League’s round 36 coming back to within 2 points of OL. However, Jean-Alain Boumsong is not panicking and reminds everyone that <i>le propre des grands clubs est de résister à la concurrence</i>".

Thanks to their win in the final minutes against Marseille, Bordeaux pulled off the best result of the League’s round 36 coming back to within 2 points of OL. A situation that Lyon have encountered since 4 seasons (during the 2003 – 2004 season, Monaco were 3 points behind at the same point in the season). « OL are learninng that it is difficult to win titles , analyses Jean-Alain Boumsong, but the mark of a great club is to be able to withstand the competition. In the future, we might have to face up to the fact that the French league will not be so dominated as a lot of teams are catching up ».

Even if he admits that « at the moment, OL’s games are laborious », the former Juventus player remains confident that OL will take their seventh title in a row. « It’s up to us to play and do the job , he declares. If we do things right, we will be champions. We’re well aware of the pressure that Bordeaux are putting on us but we must not get preoccupied by them. (…) We’ll have to fight right to the end, but we still have a two point lead. Our destiny is in our hands, or rather our feet . It’s up to us to do what we have too in order to be champions ». Meaning? « We can’t just keep saying it. We have to work hard, stand together and stay united, and hope that providence is on our side. We have to take each game as it comes as if we start speculating, or become pessimistic, it could have an impact on our performances ».

[IMG43060#R]As they are one step away from the final – a stage of the competition that OL have not reached since 1976 – and as it is followed by an important game against Nancy in the League on Saturday, OL would be well inspired to win their game on Wednesday against Sedan in the Coupe de France. « A qualification for the final of the Coupe de France would give us that extra bit of confidence , analyses the defender. We’re not against that at all ».
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