Created on 08-12-2008 at 00:00 AM
President Jean-Michel Aulas admits he is “perplexed” and coach Claude Puel feels “frustrated” after Olympique Lyon’s third league fixture without a win. “Unacceptable things have happened this week,” Aulas fumed following last weekend’s goalless draw with bottom club Valenciennes and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to promoted Nantes. The serial champions’ lead at the top of Ligue 1 is down from seven to three points – just when Bayern are due in town.
Germany’s most successful club meet the French cracks on Wednesday in a showdown for first place in Champions League Group F, but the Bavarians will not be deceived by the minor crisis in Lyon. “They’re very strong and one of the best teams in Europe,” Jürgen Klinsmann told fcbayern.de. “They boast excellent individuals,” Philipp Lahm warned.
One star out, another doubtful
However, Olympique are definitely missing one of their biggest stars in midweek, with a second battling to regain fitness in time. Playmaker and free-kick specialist Juninho is suspended, while striker Karim Benzema is doubtful with a hamstring problem which caused him to miss Lyon’s last two games. Klinsmann suspects the 13-goal hitman could yet feature on Wednesday. “We don’t believe everything we hear.”