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Réveillère revels in high-stakes tie

Published: Wednesday 9 December 2009, 8.43CET
With top spot in Group E undecided and Olympique Lyonnais out to end their winless run, Anthony Réveillère says his side will lift their game versus Debreceni VSC: "There's a lot at stake – we like that."
by Xavier Cerf
from Lyon
Réveillère revels in high-stakes tie
Anthony Réveillère in action against Debrecen on Matchday 2 ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

LyonDebrecen

Goals scored17
 
5
Attempts on target58
 
28
Attempts off target74
 
26
Corners50
 
25
Offsides37
 
21
Fouls committed185
 
108
Yellow cards27
 
7
Red cards2
 
0
 
Published: Wednesday 9 December 2009, 8.43CET

Réveillère revels in high-stakes tie

With top spot in Group E undecided and Olympique Lyonnais out to end their winless run, Anthony Réveillère says his side will lift their game versus Debreceni VSC: "There's a lot at stake – we like that."

Olympique Lyonnais may already be through to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, but right-back Anthony Réveillère insists they still have plenty to play for at home to Debreceni VSC as they look to replace ACF Fiorentina at the Group E summit.

High stakes
Lyon were drawn against eventual winners Manchester United FC and FC Barcelona after finishing second in their section in each of their past two UEFA Champions League campaigns and they are determined to minimise the chance of that happening again by topping the section. Lyon's loss to Fiorentina on Matchday 5 has left the French side two points behind the Viola ahead of their trip to Liverpool FC, but Réveillère is hopeful that, with a little help from the English club, his team can still win the group. "We want to finish first because it will allow us to play the second game at home in the first knockout round," the 30-year-old said. "We know the game between Liverpool and Fiorentina is important, but we have to think about us, win the game and see what happens. There is a lot at stake and we like that."

Poor run
Lyon were comfortable 4-0 winners on Matchday 2 away to the Hungarian side, who are yet to pick up a point in the section. Réveillère, though, is full of respect for the UEFA Champions League debutants. "We don't think it will be an easy game. We take them seriously. This team deserve respect." Lyon are also desperate to get Sunday's 4-3 loss to LOSC Lille Métropole out of their system and end a run of six games without victory in all competitions. "That's behind us now," Réveillère said when asked about the defeat in Lille, a game Lyon led 3-1 at half-time. "Of course we were disappointed, but we have to forget about it and only think of Debrecen. We have our backs to the wall and have to win for the fans."

Last updated: 09/12/09 20.49CET

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