Lyon coach Claude Puel admits he was disappointed his players could not take advantage of their numerical advantage and defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
The French side went down 1-0 in Germany, and Puel admitted his side struggled to cope with the pressure exerted by Bayern.
Ribery was sent off on 37 minutes, but Lyon were themselves reduced to ten men early in the second half when referee Roberto Rosetti showed Jeremy Toulalan a second yellow card. Arjen Robben secured victory with a long-range strike that took a deflection, in the 69th minute.
“It was a tough first leg,” he said. “We were courageous, my players fought well, but we didn’t have many chances, particularly in the first half. Even though we were well organised we lost the ball too much. We weren’t in control enough and lacked the power to stay in their half. Things were better after Franck Ribéry was sent off; it’s just a pity we weren’t able to make the most of this and bring on Bafétimbi Gomis.
“When Jérémy Toulalan was shown a red card we were back to square one. It was not the same with [Maxime] Gonalons moving from midfield to the centre-back, while we also had to introduce Jean II [Makoun], who is just back from injury.
“At that point we didn’t have enough skill to threaten them. We tried to be courageous and keep the score as it was. Bayern applied pressure from the beginning and controlled things very well. They wore us down throughout the game and that’s why I regret that one of my players was sent off. We lost but it’s still wide open.”