Sports: Baros set to make Lyon debut

23rd January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 23, 2007 (AFP) - New Lyon signing Milan Baros is set to make his debut in the French league as the champions entertain last season's runners-up Bordeaux at the Stade Gerland on Wednesday.


PARIS, Jan 23, 2007 (AFP) - New Lyon signing Milan Baros is set to make his debut in the French league as the champions entertain last season's runners-up Bordeaux at the Stade Gerland on Wednesday.

Lyon swapped their giant Norwegian forward John Carew for the 25-year-old Czech Republic star on Monday and rushed through Baros's transfer from English Premiership side Aston Villa so he would be available for the Bordeaux match.

The five-in-a-row champions hold a 14-point lead over the chasing pack but coach Gerard Houllier is in no mood to give anyone else a sniff of the title following their last league match, a defeat at Toulouse.

He is also battling to snatch Rangers centre-back Jeremy Clement from under the noses of Paris St Germain and Paul Le Guen as his side does battle on four fronts.

"He wanted to join us and I wanted to improve our attack," Houllier said of Baros.

"He is a good player and should do well for Lyon. He's a hard worker. He will link up well with the squad and will give us something extra that we don't have at present."

Houllier is also hoping the lure of Champions League football will ensure Clement swaps Glasgow for Lyon rather than the capital.

"I really hope he comes to Lyon and I don't think it would be a good thing for him to go to Paris," said Houllier.

Meanwhile, resurgent Marseille will play their home tie against Auxerre behind closed doors as punishment for some of their fans' behaviour in October's trip to Nice.

A fireman lost two fingers after a firework thrown onto the pitch by Marseille fans exploded in his hand.

"This will make for a strange atmosphere," said coach Albert Emon. "Even on the bench you have to be more discreet and control yourself better because everyone can hear you.

"But we just have to forget about that and concentrate on consolidating third place."

With on-loan and in-form Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse scoring five times in the last six matches, Marseille will be confident they can close in on second-placed Lens, three points above them in the table.

Lens face a tricky tie away at Lorient while PSG, unbeaten and unbreached in the two games since Le Guen took over, travel to Lille.

At the weekend they progressed to the last 16 of the French Cup, of which they are the holders. Le Guen was not impressed with what he saw from his team but was simply relieved to have got the right result.

"I am happy to have qualified, that was the primary goal," said Le Guen. "I'm also pleased to have avoided extra-time because we have a very important match on Wednesday."

Lille, who have a Champions League second round clash with Manchester United to look forward to next month, sit fifth in the table, but just a point behind Marseille.

PSG are just one place above the relegation zone with only four wins from their 20 matches this season.

In other games, Monaco entertain Rennes while Fabian Barthez's Nantes travel to Troyes, still unbeaten in the three games since he left retirement to join the club.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French News

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