“Here we are in Saint-Tropez!” As the players descended from their plane, jokes were the order of the day as the players switched from the mild Lyon temperatures to just 2 or 3°c in Kiev. Cris even pulled out the woolly hat for the first time this season...
The day of transition began at 14:02 when the team left the Tola Vologe training complex, sent off by a dozen fans present to wish their side good luck.
To the 19-man squad that emerged victorious over Saint-Etienne, was added Fred and John Carew. The Lyon squad set off on a tour of Europe with touchdowns in Switzerland, Austria and Slovakia before finally landing in Kiev at 19:00 local time (18:00 French time).
While the majority of the players used the three-hour flight for the siesta, the Brazilian-Portuguese contingent got stuck into the tradition game of Uno.
Gérard Houllier watched a DVD of the weekend’s game against Saint-Etienne.
Upon arrival, the team was met by a full-house of journalists and photographers and took several minutes to reach their waiting coach.
The team will train one last time on Monday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium.