Olympique Lyonnais vs. Saint-Étienne  1 - 1

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Grenier positive ahead of derby clash

26 April 2013 17:21

Lyon's Clement Grenier believes his side know the importance of their upcoming derby with local rivals Saint-Etienne.

Grenier has received praise for his performances this

season, most recently after the 2-1 win at Montpellier, in which the midfielder

netted his fifth goal of the season with a spectacular late winner.


However,

the 22-year-old feels picking up victories is more important than any

individual acclaim.


"Scoring is all well and good, it's a great

feeling, but the priority is to perform well for the team and get us on a

positive dynamic by racking up the wins," he said.


"I feel great at the moment but it's

always a bit delicate to talk about yourself because really it's all about the

team. We've been through a few tough weeks but we've managed to get back on top

of it."

Lyon occupy the third and final UEFA Champions League

spot but are just two points ahead of their neighbours, however Grenier – who sustained

an injury in the opening stages of the reverse fixture in December - insistedthey are prepared for the challenge poses by the Coupe de la Ligue winners.

"We're ready," he continued. "We're aware that it's an important

end-of-season match, but anyway the derby is always a match that stands out

from the rest of the fixture list.

"Saint-Etienne are happy to have lifted the

Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but we're out to win the derby and return to the

Champions League."

"I arrived at Lyon aged 11, so people have been

talking to me about the derby my whole life. Everyone's impatient for the match

to kick off.

"Being forced off injured after less than 15 minutes was

infuriating. I've been waiting to play in the next derby ever since."

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Umtiti ready for Rhone derby

25 April 2013 05:56

Lyon left-back Samuel Umtiti has claimed his team are in 'a totally different frame of mind' ahead of their derby with Saint-Etienne.

Having won the Coupe de la Ligue last week, Saint-Etienne have turned their attention to overhauling arch-rivals Lyon on the Ligue 1 table.

Saint-Etienne have not lost in 14 league matches and a victory on Sunday would take them above Lyon into third position.

But Umtiti has argued Lyon's confidence has improved after two wins in a row, following a disastrous run of three defeats.

"After our two wins we can say we have shown a totally different frame of mind," Umtiti said.

"We have found that our confidence is back, that is what we were looking for.

"Defensively we are stronger now and maybe we can take more risks but those victories have allowed us to move on."

Lyon defeated Montpellier 2-1 last week, while Saint-Etienne have played two games since then, winning the Coupe de la Ligue with a 1-0 triumph over Rennes, before knocking off Ajaccio 4-2 on Wednesday.

While Umtiti accepts Lyon may be fresher, he does not believe that puts more pressure on his team compared to Saint-Etienne, who are keen to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.

"First of all, I don't want to think about losing this game," Umtiti said.

"I just want to think about winning the derby.

"Obviously Saint-Etienne have just won a cup and they have played tonight (Wednesday) as well against Ajaccio.

"So maybe we are going to be fresher but there is pressure is on them as well.

"We know they are happy with their cup but we know they want more."

Ligue 1 table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +46 83
2 38 +6 71
3 38 +23 67
4 38 +11 64
5 38 +28 63
6 38 +19 62
7 38 +6 55
8 38 -1 53
9 38 +3 52
10 38 +2 51
11 38 -4 48
12 38 -16 47
13 38 -11 46
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -16 41
16 38 -7 40
17 38 -12 40
18 38 -20 38
19 38 -18 37
20 38 -30 29