Lyon seek morale boost before Rangers clash

December 6, 2007

PARIS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon are approaching their trip to Caen in Ligue 1 on Saturday as the perfect warm up for Wednesday's Champions League Group E decider at Rangers.

The six-times French champions will also have a chance to open an eight-point gap at the top after second-placed Nancy were held to a 1-1 draw at Toulouse on Wednesday.

'A win would be important for our confidence,' Lyon striker Sidney Govou told the club's website.

'We're getting ready for Saturday's match but we're keeping the Rangers game in our line of sight. An away game in Caen will be a perfect warm up for our trip to Glasgow,' he added.

The Normandy team, who are 10th, crushed Girondins Bordeaux 5-0 in their last home match on Nov. 11. They have since had a 1-1 draw at Racing Lens and a 1-0 win at Paris St Germain.

Olympique Marseille will be in a similar frame of mind when they host Monaco on Saturday before welcoming Liverpool in a decider they regard as their Champions League 'final'.

'We are on a good streak of two wins and two draws and I feel that the players are hungry,' Marseille coach Eric Gerets said on the club website. 'It's a good omen before the game against Liverpool.'

Still paying the price for a series of five defeats and four draws in the first 10 matches of the season, Marseille are 16th in the 20-team league. Monaco are eighth 15 points adrift of Lyon and 10 behind Nancy, who host fifth-placed Valenciennes.

'I'm a bit disappointed because I didn't like the behaviour of our players,' Nancy coach Pablo Correa said after they failed to master a Toulouse side reduced to 10 men after 46 minutes.

On Sunday, third from bottom Paris St Germain and coach Paul Le Guen face a high-pressure game at 14th-placed AJ Auxerre.

Some groups of supporters have warned the club they would react strongly against another defeat and the players were forced to train under police protection on Wednesday.