Semi-final, second leg – Kick-off: 20-45 (CET)
First leg: Bayern Munich 1-0 Lyon
Claude Puel says his Lyon side “need to be enterprising” if they are to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Bayern Munich in tonight’s Champions League semi-final second leg.
Without a league match last weekend, Puel and his players have been away at a training camp as they await the visit of Bayern.
“We’ve spent three days away from the city like we did before Real Madrid, and it’s been calm and quiet,” said Puel. “I think our lack of experience compared with Bayern won’t cause any problems. We have to win by a two-goal margin, so we need to be enterprising.
“Bayern are confident and they have reason to be because they dominated the first match. Let them be confident. They succeeded in pinning us back during the first leg. We can have some regrets but they can too because they could have scored more goals.
“We cannot wait. We’ll have to really concentrate [but] I’m confident we can beat any team in Europe. We’re not worrying about our opponents. We know if Bayern have some injury problems, other good players will take their place. We have to play our own game, not like in the first leg.”
Puel will be without the suspended Jeremy Toulalan, but he is hopeful that Jean-Alain Boumsong will have recovered from a calf injury to start tonight’s game.
Louis van Gaal, by contrast, has a number of injury worries and two key suspensions to contend with. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is definitely out, while Martin Demichelis and Daniel Van Buyten are doubtful and Danijel Pranjic and Franck Ribery are suspended. Nonetheless, the Dutch coach remains confident that his players will prevail.
“When I used to manage teams in the Netherlands I always said to my players that German teams fight until the last minute,” said Van Gaal. “You could never say you’d won until the final whistle. We must do the same here. There’s an incredible will in our squad. We’ve always come up with the answer; we depend only on ourselves.
“Unfortunately, several players had injury troubles at the weekend. The tactical aspect was fine last week after Franck Ribéry’s red card and I’m really proud of that. We always play to attack; we’re not a team who can defend and avoid conceding goals.
“We’ve not played any differently all season and we’re not going to start now. I never feel pressure before a match. As the game approaches, the tension starts to mount but it’s useful; I need it to make my decisions.”