Saturday 18 November 2017

Blanc rallies Bordeaux defence

Bordeaux will have to fix their defensive frailties if they are to overcome a two-goal deficit against Lyon in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tonight.

Two defensive blunders and a penalty gave Lyon a 3-1 victory in the first leg last week.

"Even though we'll have to score (at least) two goals, the key will be to defend well," Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc said. "If we succeed in correcting those defensive mistakes, we can hope for something great."

Lyon, meanwhile, will be looking to secure a semi-final spot for the first time in the club's history.

However, they will be without Lisandro Lopez and Sidney Govou, who are both suspended.

Midfielder Jean Makoun II will also be missing after injuring his groin in the first leg, while centre-back Mathieu Bodmer is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra returns from suspension, but the team will be without Fernando Menegazzo due to a fractured cheekbone and defender Marc Planus may not be fit despite recovering from a knee injury.

Irish Independent

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