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Squillaci vows to start Lyon fightback

Published: Monday 22 October 2007, 12.19CET
Olympique Lyonnais defender Sébastien Squillaci knows there is no room for error against VfB Stuttgart after their calamitous start to the UEFA Champions League.
Squillaci vows to start Lyon fightback
Sébastien Squillaci (right) could not prevent the 3-0 home loss to Rangers ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 22 October 2007, 12.19CET

Squillaci vows to start Lyon fightback

Olympique Lyonnais defender Sébastien Squillaci knows there is no room for error against VfB Stuttgart after their calamitous start to the UEFA Champions League.

Olympique Lyonnais have not failed to progress past the UEFA Champions League group stage for the last four seasons, but two defeats at the start of the current campaign have left them struggling to keep up that run.

Vital games
A 3-0 reverse at FC Barcelona was a disappointment, but it was the subsequent home loss by the same scoreline against Rangers FC that was the hammer blow, leaving the French champions six points adrift of their Spanish and Scottish rivals. Their opponents in their next two games, starting away on Tuesday, are similarly point-less VfB Stuttgart, and Lyon defender Sébastien Squillaci knows there is no more room for error. "We know that if we want to qualify we have to start with two wins against Stuttgart," Squillaci told uefa.com. "At the start we knew it would be difficult, now we we've made it very difficult, so it's up to us to make up for what we couldn't achieve before."

Rangers reverse
Squillaci still rues the Matchday 2 reverse. "I don't think Rangers had even had a shot, then they had a corner and we made a mistake in our marking and conceded a goal," he said. "It was 1-0 against a team defending in depth. We couldn't find any solutions to that and then we ended up making too many individual mistakes. Everyone knows that at this level you pay dearly for that and you saw it against Rangers."

Slow start
Lyon also made a slow start in Ligue 1, but perhaps some teething troubles were inevitable with the departure of coach Gérard Houllier and appointment of Alain Perrin plus significant changes to the squad with Florent Malouda among several others leaving to be replaced by raft of new signings including Kader Keita and Fabio Grosso. "It's true we've lost some players of real standing, some very good players, so that's difficult," Squillaci said. "Of course we've got some good players too, but they need a bit of time. As an example I'd give Malouda. I know when he arrived here it wasn't easy to start with, then afterwards he had some amazing seasons, so maybe we need to be a bit patient. It's also through playing together that we find ourselves collectively and find our rhythm, so we need a little bit of time. But sadly when you're at a club like Lyon, you don't really have six months to get going."

Last updated: 22/10/07 9.57CET

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