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Football / Ligue 1: Lyon Test PSG’s Resurgence In ‘Clasico’

Posted on: November 22, 2008

PARIS: Paris Saint Germain’s resurgence will be tested to the full this weekend when Paul Le Guen’s side have the unenviable task of hosting champions Lyon in what is being billed as a Parc des Princes ‘clasico’.

PSG are on a roll, notching up their third win inside a week against Le Havre last weekend, with prolific striker Guillaume Hoarau grabbing his eighth goal of the campaign.

Lyon defender Cris is relishing the away day trip to the French capital and the prospect of taking on Hoarau and company.

“Hoarau has a real talent, he’s a player who works a lot, a true battler. I’ll have to keep him in my sights, even if he’s not the only one we’ll have to keep tabs on.”

Assessing the nature of the task facing PSG in Paris today Cris added: “They’re climbing up the table and have quite a few solid and experienced players.
“I love playing at the Parc des Princes, the atmosphere there is not bad at all. And of course PSG v Lyon is a little special — a ‘clasico’.”

Reflecting on Lyon’s latest step towards what would be their eighth straight title, last Sunday’s 2-1 win over title contenders Bordeaux, Cris said: “It was a magnificent victory against a very strong rival.”

Christmas may still be weeks off but Marseille were in generous mood when Eric Gerets’ men conceded a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Lorient last weekend in what is being regarded in some quarters as a turning point in the 2008-2009 season.

But Cris cautioned against believing Lyon had as good as wrapped up yet another title.

“We haven’t won it yet,” the shaven-headed back told French sports daily L’Equipe.

While Lyon came out of the last round of matches with a seven point lead, a mere three points splits second-placed Marseille and PSG in eighth.

At the Velodrome, Marseille will be hoping to turn a page against Lille after what Gerets’ labelled their “catastrophic’ implosion last weekend.

TODAY: Grenoble v Le Havre, Lorient v Toulouse, Saint Etienne v Nice, Bordeaux v Rennes, Caen v Auxerre, Valenciennes v Sochaux, Paris Saint Germain v Lyon; TOMORROW: Nantes v Nancy, Monaco v Le Mans, Marseille v Lille. — AFP

New Straits Times

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