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Madrid still smarting from Lyon loss

Published: Wednesday 23 November 2005, 20.20CET
Roberto Carlos hopes the threat of John Carew will not deny Real Madrid CF the chance to inflict UEFA Champions League revenge upon Olympique Lyonnais.
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Published: Wednesday 23 November 2005, 20.20CET

Madrid still smarting from Lyon loss

Roberto Carlos hopes the threat of John Carew will not deny Real Madrid CF the chance to inflict UEFA Champions League revenge upon Olympique Lyonnais.
For a man who has said he wants to breed racehorses when he retires from football, Real Madrid CF star Roberto Carlos has no problem identifying the thoroughbred in the ranks of UEFA Champions League rivals Olympique Lyonnais.

Dangerous Carew
The two already-qualified Group F sides meet at the Santiago Bernabéu tonight and the Brazil left-back has picked out a Norwegian international striker as the Ligue 1 team's dangerman. "John Carew is the Lyon player I admire the most and the man we fear the most," Roberto Carlos told uefa.com.

'Talented forwards'
He added of the former Valencia CF forward: "I have seen a lot of him over the years in Spanish football and he has always shown himself to be a very dangerous striker. With Carew and several other talented forwards, Lyon are a fluent, attacking side that score lots of goals. They lost a truly great player in Michael Essien to Chelsea [FC] but they still have a very good squad. Last year they did an amazing job in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the last eight, and it looks like they have a serious chance to do even better this season."

Madrid humiliated
Madrid are desperate to avoid a repeat of the 3-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the French champions on Matchday 1. Roberto Carlos admits they were humiliated at Stade Gerland and are keen to avenge that result. He said: "Lyon beat us convincingly when we played them in France. The game was not good for us, but we were going through a difficult period at that time and weren't in good form. We were all very embarrassed about that defeat.

Top seeding
"It is important for us to try and finish top of this group and go through to the knockout stages as a seeded team. To do that, we may have to beat Lyon 4-0 at the Bernabéu to go ahead of them on the head-to-head record. In the UEFA Champions League it is not easy to score four goals, especially against a side of Lyon's class - but it is possible. We will go for it and try to make our supporters happy."

Tenth success
Madrid are chasing a tenth European Champion Clubs' Cup this season, having last lifted the trophy with a 2-1 victory against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2002. Despite some inconsistent form, the 32-year-old believes the Primera División outfit have as good a chance as ever of prevailing in Europe's premier competition.

Confident Brazilian
Roberto Carlos said: "I am sure Real Madrid will win the UEFA Champions League this year. We won it for a seventh, eighth, and ninth time, so we can do it again for sure. We are one of the favourites to win the competition and have the confidence to do it. I am sure our fans will be celebrating the club's next European Cup very soon."

Last updated: 23/11/05 18.31CET

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