AFTER SLAYING REAL MADRID, FRENCH SIDE LOOK TO UPSET BAYERN IN RETURN LEG; GERMANS MUST DO WITHOUT RIBERY
Lyon to invoke spirit of Bernabeu
Andre Assier. Lyon
The spirit which saw off Real Madrid ear-
lier in the competition will be revived if
Lyon are to oust Bayern Munich on Tues-
day and book their place in a first Cham-
pions League final.
Trailing 0-1 after the first leg in which
the Germans had to play most of the
game with 10 men after Franck Ribery’s
sending off, Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez
and coach Claude Puel said the Ligue 1
side need to up the ante.
“The team must change its attitude, its
mentality. We must have a more positive
mindset,” Lisandro said.
The Argentine said Lyon should be in-
spired by their performance at the Bern-
abeu in the first knockout round when a
1-1 draw gave them the edge against Real
Madrid after a 1-0 win in the first leg.
“We’ve made it once, we can do it again.”
Puel said Lyon were likely to be a bet-
ter team now that they have their backs
against the wall. “I prefer this (kind of
situation) because we play better when
we have to go and get a result,” he said.
Bayern must up their tempo and they
will have to do that without playmaker
Ribery, suspended following his red card
in the first leg. Ribery will be joined on
the sidelines by Croat Danijel Pranjic,
who is also suspended.
As Bayern chase an unprecedented
treble for a German team with domes-
tic honours also in their sights, they are
also concerned about a potential weak-
ness in their central defence.
Martin Demichelis and Daniel van
Buyten picked up injuries in the game
against Gladbach and are racing against
the clock to be fit for the match.
“I could not step on my leg after the
hit,” Van Buyten said after taking a
knock on the thigh and limping off. “It
is even worse now and I do not know if
I will have enough time to recover
Captain Mark van Bommel will
add steel to the midfield with the Dutch-
man returning to Champions League
action after sitting out a suspension in
the first leg. —REUTERS