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Fearless Lyon lie in wait for Bayern

Claude Puel says his Olympique Lyonnais side "need to be enterprising" if they are to overturn a 1-0 deficit against FC Bayern München, whose coach Louis van Gaal has also promised to attack in Tuesday's second leg.

Fearless Lyon lie in wait for Bayern
Fearless Lyon lie in wait for Bayern ©UEFA.com

Olympique Lyonnais' preparations for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg could scarcely have been better. Not in domestic action at the weekend, Claude Puel and his players have been away at a training camp as they await the visit of FC Bayern München. Louis van Gaal, on the other hand, has had all manner of headaches to contend with since the 1-0 first-leg triumph, with a host of defensive injury worries and two key suspensions to ponder. Both coaches, though, have vowed to head into the second leg on the front foot.

Claude Puel, Lyon coach
We've spent three days away from the city like we did before Real Madrid, and it's been calm and quiet. 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.

Louis van Gaal, Bayern coach
When I used to manage teams in the Netherlands I always said to my players that German teams fight until the last minute. 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.

Team news

Out: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (gastroenteritis)
Doubtful: Martín Demichelis (calf), Daniel Van Buyten (calf), Diego Contento (leg), Miroslav Klose (illness)
Suspended: Danijel Pranjić, Franck Ribéry
Misses next match if booked: none

• Tymoshchuk has not travelled to France while Demichelis and Van Buyten picked up minor calf problems on Saturday and Klose missed training on Monday with a cold.

• Hamit Altıntop trained on Sunday after recovering from a groin problem and will be available.

Out: François Clerc (knee), Joan Hartock (ruptured Achilles), Mathieu Bodmer (hamstring)
Doubtful: Jean II Makoun (groin), Lisandro (ankle), Jean-Alain Boumsong (calf)
Suspended: Jérémy Toulalan
Misses next match if booked: Aly Cissokho, César Delgado, Maxime Gonalons, Kim Källström, Cris, Miralem Pjanić

• Cris is likely to play despite suffering hip and knee injuries in Munich, saying on Monday: "I feel better and should be OK". Boumsong has resumed training and is expected to play.

Weekend results
24/04/10 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Bayern
(Reus 60; Klose 73)

• Miroslav Klose came off the bench to score only his third league goal of the season.

• Only goal difference separates league leaders Bayern from second-placed FC Schalke 04 who won 1-0 at Hertha BSC Berlin on Saturday.

• Lyon's home game against AS Monaco FC, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed until 12 May.

• Claude Puel's side are unbeaten at Stade de Gerland in Europe this season and have won their last three UEFA Champions League home games.

• Before the first leg the clubs had met six times in the UEFA Champions League over the past decade, recording two wins apiece.

• Lyon have never played in the final of a major European competition. Bayern, by contrast, are competing in their 13th semi-final in Europe's elite club competition and aiming to reach a first final since they beat Valencia CF to win the UEFA Champions League in 2001.

Did you know?
• Lyon have had players sent off in their last three games: Maxime Gonalons against LOSC Lille Métropole on 11 April, Anthony Réveillère at FC Girondins de Bordeaux on 17 April and Toulalan in Munich.

Read more on the match in the official UEFA Champions League press kit.

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