Lyon 2 - 0 Guingamp

Match info: Ligue 1 at Municipal De Gerland

Date: 02/11/2013 KO: 19:00 Ref: O Thual

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Alexandre Lacazette 12
Bafetimbi Gomis 13



FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: November 1 2013, 12:39 GMT

Alexandre Lacazette admit's Lyon's Stade de Gerland is no longer the fortress it used to be.

Alexandre Lacazette: Expects Lyon to emerge from tough spell
Alexandre Lacazette: Expects Lyon to emerge from tough spell

Expectations were high for Lyon this season after they finished third in Ligue 1 last term, but so far they have failed to impress.

Key to Lyon's success last year was their form at home, where they lost just four of their 19 matches.

But so far this year they have won two of their six home fixtures - something that does not bode well ahead of the visit of in-form Guingamp on Saturday.

"Currently, we have the feeling that other teams are not as afraid of coming to Lyon as they were before," Lyon striker Lacazette told a press conference.

"Opponents come here and hope to take all three points whereas before they were hoping not to lose or not to take a beating."

A run of five winless matches has seen Les Gones drop to 14th in the table, just five points above the relegation zone with 11 matches gone.

As a Lyon boy, seeing the team perform so poorly hurts Lacazette more than most.

But the 22-year-old striker is confident that the team will get back to winning ways soon.

"I believe we will get back up the league again," he said. "We know what we have to do.

"We do not accept defeat here, we're competitors."

One crumb of comfort for coach Remi Garde is that he has Lacazette back from suspension while Miguel Lopes, Mouhamadou Dabo and Sam Umtiti could feature despite recent injuries.

When the fixture list was announced in the summer, many would have seen this fixture as an easy win for the home side.

Guingamp were one of the favourites for relegation having been promoted last year behind Monaco, but Jocelyn Gourvennec's side are enjoying their best start to a Ligue 1 season in 18 years.

A run of three straight wins has launched Guingamp up to fifth in the table, but they suffered a shock defeat to Evian in the Coupe de la Ligue in midweek.

With Nantes not playing Montpellier until Sunday, Guingamp have a chance to move up to fourth in the table, and Gourvennec wants to see a reaction from his team.

"There was disappointment (at the cup defeat) because we do not like to lose, let alone at home," the Guingamp coach said.

"We really wanted to win. But we have shown our ability to bounce back before and we will get back in to it by Saturday.

"It will be a different match against Lyon."

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