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Confident Olympique ‘will play to win’

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Olympique Lyon will run out at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening in bright yellow jerseys, reflecting the burgeoning confidence running through the side top of Ligue 1 on the back of five consecutive wins and 18 undefeated matches on the trot in all competitions this calendar year. Lyon hardly need quake in their boots at the prospect of facing Bayern, you might think.

“We’ll try and get a grip on the game,” announced coach Claude Puel. The man who was once Jürgen Klinsmann’s team-mate at AS Monaco appeared focused but relaxed at the official news conference on the eve of the game.

No man-marker for Ribéry

Lyon, French champions for the last seven seasons, feel they can rely on their strengths at the Allianz Arena. A solid defence provides the platform for playmaker Juninho and deadly strikers Karim Benzema and Fred. “It’s important we don’t concede, and that we go looking for an early goal ourselves,” said Puel, convinced his side can preserve any lead they may carve out: “Defending is what we do best.“