FRENCH LIGUE 1

Municipal De Gerland, France

Attendance: 34678

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Lyon

  • ClĂ©ment Grenier 8'
  • Bakary Kone 49'
  • Bafetimbi Gomis 63'

3 - 1

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Toulouse

  • Ben Yedder 28'

Lyon v Toulouse: Preview

Three successive defeats have left Lyon in real trouble of missing out on qualifying for the Champions League although coach Remi Garde is hopeful they can achieve their goal.

Les Gones' Ligue 1 challenge has disintegrated in recent weeks and five games without a win has seen them fall 11 points behind league leaders Paris St Germain.

However, their alarming slump, coming at the wrong time of the season, has also seen them fall outside the top three and they will be desperate for three points tomorrow against Toulouse at the Stade de Gerland.

Garde told reporters he was ``quite worried'' by his side's form following another shock defeat at Reims last week but remains confident he can lead them to a strong finish.

When asked if this week had been hard, he told the club's official website: ``I've known easier. It was back to work and do the best for this match against Toulouse. The objective is still widely attainable.

``We're currently going through a very tough patch with just seven matches left in the season.

``In this kind of situation, you need to find a new strategy; we all need to be pulling in the same direction, without qualms or hesitation. The important thing is to win matches.''

Garde revealed the only absentee would be defender Dejan Lovren, who hit out at his coach in a Croatian newspaper after being dropped for the defeat to Reims, due to an ankle injury.

``The match against the TFC is the centre of all my preoccupation at the moment,'' Garde added. ``The longer we go without winning, the greater the urgency grows.''

Lyon may be boosted by Le Tefece's 4-3 defeat at home against Nice, who claimed victory in the third minute of added on time last Saturday thanks to Kevin Anin's strike and came moments after Wissam Ben Yedder had looked to have grabbed a share of the spoils.

Franck Tabanou told his club's official website: ``Saturday's game left its mark because it was a great match but we lost in the final seconds. We must try to take the positive.

``In Lyon, we must avoid making the same defensive mistakes, otherwise we will pay for them again.''

The midfielder added: ``We must finish in the top half of the table. Eighth place would be not bad. We will try anyway to take maximum points until the end of the season.''

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