Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera has not given up hope his side can still reach the last 32 of the Europa League despite their poor start to the competition.
Athletic were runners-up to Atletico Madrid in last season's Europa League but their chances of reaching the final again this term have been left hanging by a thread after picking up just one point from their opening three games.
That has left them a massive eight points behind Thursday's opponents Lyon, who could secure a top-two berth at San Mames, and five adrift of second-placed Sparta Prague in Group I.
Things are looking bleak for the Basque outfit, but Herrera still has faith they can go through.
``The qualification is in our hands, by winning all three games we will be in the next phase,'' he predicted.
``The next game against Lyon is difficult but we use it as an example of the match two weeks ago where we were superior.''
Athletic lost 2-1 at Stade Gerland after going down to an 86th-minute winner from Jimmy Briand.
That result continued Lyon's 100 per cent record in the group stages and a fourth successive victory would send Remi Garde's men through.
A draw would also be enough if Hapoel Kiryat Shmona fail to beat Sparta in the group's other game.
Lyon come into the match on the back of a 5-2 win over Bastia at the weekend, a result that saw them move to within a point of Paris St Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
Garde may decide to change a winning side for the trip to Athletic, but he is confident whatever team he sends out it will be capable of picking up the three points.
He told RMC Sport: ``The objective, at the moment, is to finish first in the group to avoid a big side in the next phase. It's always difficult to manage the continuity between the league and the Europa League, but we want to do something in this competition.
``Even if I make changes between the two competitions, I think every time I've fielded a side in either the league or Europa League, it was able to win the match.''