FRENCH LIGUE 1

Auguste-Bonal, France

Attendance: 13857

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Sochaux

  • Ryad Boudebouz 4' PEN

1 - 3

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Lyon

  • Yassine Benzia 35'
  • Alexandre Lacazette 43'
  • Yoann Gourcuff 48'

Sochaux v Lyon: Preview

Lyon coach Remi Garde is refusing to read anything into his side's impressive start to the new season.

Following on from their two-legged Champions League qualifying triumph over Grasshoppers, Lyon opened the new Ligue 1 campaign in style by thumping Nice 4-0.

Garde, however, intends to keep everyone focused as they prepare to travel to Sochaux tomorrow.

``Against Nice, our pre-season enabled us to make a good start to the match, but there were also other factors that influenced the result,'' Garde said.

``We have to go on with it now. I am confident in our ability, but I am also cautious.

``Success in elite sport means reproducing the results week in, week out.

``We have to build on what we have already done. My squad is not getting carried away. We still have a lot to prove.''

Garde will not underestimate the challenge against Sochaux, who drew 1-1 at Evian last weekend.

He said: ``Sochaux are a team that like to play football and don't worry about their opponents, that is the club's culture.

``We are expecting a tough game. We need to confirm our good form, maintain our balance and try and cause them as many problems as possible.''

Attacking midfielder Yoann Gourcuff is a fitness doubt after scans revealed some water around his knee.

Garde has been impressed by the development of the France international, who scored a fine late free-kick against Nice.

``He is getting better and better with each match. I am very happy to see him is such good spirits and in good form,'' said Garde.

``He has to keep playing now to keep getting even better.''

Sochaux coach Eric Hely is hoping his men can build on their performance last weekend, when they almost took all three points as a late effort from Bertrand Laquait was well saved.

Hely said: ``It's a good result for us, especially after we failed to turn up in the first half.

``We did manage to turn it around in the second, though, by really weighing in the challenges and playing more as a team, but we need to do this throughout a match and not just for 45 minutes.''

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