Their preparations have been disrupted by an 800km coach trip from France, but Hugo Lloris is confident Olympique Lyonnais will be in a positive frame of mind at the Fußball Arena München.
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Their preparations have been disrupted by a lengthy coach journey from France, but Hugo Lloris is confident Olympique Lyonnais will be in a positive frame of mind when they emerge at the Fußball Arena München for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final.
The seven-time French champions faced a road trip of almost 800km to travel to the home of FC Bayern München, although their goalkeeper was keen to downplay its significance at the pre-match press conference. "Our trip was diverting, but now we are happy to be here in Munich and we are looking forward to the game," he said. "'Think positive' is our attitude now. We're keeping concentrated – the preparation and the game are our objectives now. The trip was not a problem."
Bayern have won their last three home games in the UEFA Champions League and have recorded victories in 12 of their last 13 matches in Munich, where they overwhelmed Hannover 96 7-0 on Saturday. "Bayern are a very strong team and we'll have to be at our best here to have a chance at home," Lloris acknowledged. "They came through against Juventus, Fiorentina and Manchester United and showed a lot of character in all those games. They have some very good players, such as Robben and Ribéry. We must be totally concentrated and compact, especially in defence."
Lyon are in the semi-finals for the first time, but the France No1 has no doubt they must surpass their previous performances if they are the reach the final in Madrid. "We'll have to show top performances – twice, against very strong opponents," he said. "Bayern are a strong team with strong individuals, and little details often make the difference in the Champions League. We have to keep our concentration very high. To work as a unit is very important now – if we keep on working together, everything is possible and we can reach our objectives."