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No regrets

Published on the 01 November 2011 à 19:31 by R.B

Olympique Lyonnais certainly won't be starting favourites against Real Madrid in an important, but not yet decisive Champions League match on Wednesday... Anything other than a defeat would be a positive result for the seven-time French champions...

Lyon's display in Madrid was disappointing, to take nothing away from an excellent Real side. Since then, Real have continued to impress, winning all their matches without conceding a goal in the interim and moving top of La Liga... OL bounced back thanks to back to back derby wins. Since the Madrid jaunt, OL's treatment room has filled with Bastos and Vercoutre joining Grenier, Lisandro and Pied, while hoping Cissokho is alright. But those injuries have also allowed the likes of Gourcuff, Lacazette, Ederson and Cris to get some much-needed playing time.

Ligue des Champions

Two weeks have past, and Real, just one point from qualifying for the knockout phase, are now, more than ever, favourites to take out Group D. You do honestly wonder just how this young OL side can knock off José Mourinho's side. But a football match is never a foregone conclusion. OL will play an important match, but one that is not yet crucial to their chances of progressing. To put it bluntly, OL have nothing to lose and everything to gain on Wednesday night.

Will the background influence the performances out on the pitch? Will Real be going for broke? Yes, if you listen to José Mourinho, who will be without the injured Kaka and Marcelo. How will Lyon approach the game? Tactically, how will OL line up? Obviously there are plenty of question marks... and a couple of certainties...


OL can be sure of certain things after their derby win over Les Verts. One certainty is that they show plenty of character when the chips are down... Another is the excellent return to competition of Cris, Ederson and Gourcuff… Lacazette has burst onto the scene… OL have also never lost against Real Madrid at the Stade Gerland with three wins and a draw.

This tenth meeting between the two sides is, as always, an intriguing encounter. It's the sixth meeting in the group phase and is set in a different context to those which have preceded it. Pplenty has changed within both camps. Real Madrid, en route to a ninth consecutive qualification for the last-16, remain the most glamourous side on the planet. While OL, in the middle of a rebuilding phase, will be looking to draw on recent history to pull off a fantastic result and get back on track for a ninth consecutive qualification of their own... 90 minutes to have no regrets!

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