Lyon's gift to the rest

December 20, 2005
By Alex Chick
As French football enters its winter break, Olympique Lyonnais are a club in freefall. Their 3-1 defeat against Lille was the culmination of a string of poor performances and leaves them just, er, twelve points clear at the top of the table.

OK, so nobody actually believes that Lyon are actually going to slip up in their quest for a fifth consecutive title, but their first loss under GĂ©rard Houllier gives the chasing pack a glimmer of hope and proves that the runaway leaders ...

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