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Thursday 14 December 2017

Lyon looking to crack open Bordeaux says Lloris

Lyon will look to end Bordeaux's European winning streak -- and re-establish themselves as the top club in France -- when the two clubs meet tonight in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

"We'll be at home and it will be up to us to go and get a good result," Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said ahead of the Champions League's first all-French encounter. "We will have to score a goal or two and not concede any. We will have to take measured risks."

Bordeaux are the only undefeated team in this year's Champions League and have won their last seven matches. Their best showing in Europe's top competition was in 1985, when they made it to the semi-finals but lost 3-2 on aggregate to eventual champions Juventus.

"We will face a very good team, Bordeaux, which is tough to handle," Lyon playmaker Miralem Pjanic said. "We know what to expect. We won't underestimate them. Just because we beat Real Madrid (in the previous round), it doesn't mean we'll beat Bordeaux, too."

Pjanic, the club's top scorer in the Champions League with four goals, will lead a Lyon attack comprising Argentinian forward Lisandro Lopez, Brazilian winger Michel Bastos, France international Sidney Govou and Bafetimbi Gomis.

They have to crack the tightest defence in the Champions League -- Bordeaux have conceded only three goals in eight matches and have the highest number of clean sheets, with five.

Both teams are seeking to become the first French club since Monaco in 2004 to make it to the Champions League semi-finals.

"It takes away a bit of that European flavour," Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh said about facing a French club. "But we are more concerned about what is at stake."

Lyon go into the match on the back of a 2-0 win over Grenoble in the French league, while Bordeaux lost 3-1 to Marseille in Saturday's League Cup final.

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