Football: Lyon coach wary of Metz slip-up

22nd February 2008, Comments 0 comments

Lyon resume their push for a seventh straight domestic title against bottom-of-the-table Metz on Saturday.

   PARIS, February 22, 2008 - After holding Manchester United to a Champions
League draw in midweek Lyon resume their push for a seventh straight domestic
title against bottom-of-the-table Metz on Saturday.
   Barring a major upset this looks a safe three points for Alain Perrin's men
and the win, if it comes, will be warmly welcomed at the Stade Gerland with
Bordeaux's 6-0 massacre of Monaco last week leaving them only a point adrift.
   But former Portsmouth boss Perrin was taking nothing for granted, saying:
"Metz are a team that never let up. This is a big match for them, they'll
raise their game with no pressure on them to get a result.
   "We have to keep the same spirit we had on Wednesday evening (against
United), and be careful we don't take our foot off the gas."
   Perrin is deliberating whether to start Cris, the Brazilian who has
returned to fitness after a six month spell sidelined with a right knee
problem while leftback Fabio Grosso is a doubt after picking up a knock in the
1-1 draw on Wednesday.
   "We'll have to see how he (Grosso) comes along," Perrin said before casting
his eye in the direction of Bordeaux.
   "Bordeaux have a great side, but we're still in front. Everything still
depends on what we do, not how they get on. Let's look after ourselves."
   Bordeaux, smarting after being knocked out of the UEFA Cup by Anderlecht on
Thursday, will be out to keep up the pressure on the champions when they host
14th placed Lille on Sunday.
   Nancy, sitting third in the table but a sizeable seven points behind
Bordeaux, host Lens.
   Marseille are going great guns and travel to Toulouse with an eye on that
third spot but their coach Eric Gerets has tried to temper the new wave of
optimism sweeping through the Velodrome.
   "Yes we're ambitious, but we have to keep our feet on the ground. Third
place will already be extremely good."
   Despite a 2-0 loss on the night at Spartak Moscow on Thursday Marseille
booked their place in the UEFA Cup last 16 with a 3-2 win on aggregate.
   Marseille's league victims last weekend were Paris Saint Germain whose
sorry season has left them fifth from the foot, three points off the drop zone.
   Paul Le Guen's strugglers face another tricky assignment with the visit to
the Parc des Princes of Monaco who will be desperate for a result after last
weekend's mauling.
   PSG are without suspended Sylvain Armand, whose place on the left flank is
set to be filled by Mamadou Sakho, with Portugal international Pauleta
returning in attack.
   French fixtures
   Caen v Saint Etienne
   Nancy v Lens
   Rennes v Lorient
   Lyon v Metz
   Paris Saint Germain v Monaco
   Strasbourg v Sochaux
   Nice v Auxerre
   Valenciennes v Le Mans
   Bordeaux v Lille
   Toulouse v Marseille


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