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Garde plots PSG downfall

15 December 2012 00:02

Lyon head coach Remi Garde has claimed the key to beating Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday will be to constantly disrupt the capital club's flow.

PSG will host Lyon in a top-of-the-table clash and the home team will enter Parc des Princes on a three-game winning streak, including back-to-back 4-0 victories, which have put them three points behind Garde's team.

But Garde remains confident Lyon can halt PSG's momentum and has reminded his players about the capital club's inconsistency so far this season.

"After their two losses (to Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de la Ligue and Nice in Ligue 1), I think PSG have clearly got a different momentum now and they are a team that are back in good form," Garde said on Friday.

"We are used to their up and down results since the beginning of the season.

"Regarding their potential as a team, sometimes they use it like they are at the moment and sometimes they seem to underperform and don't reach that potential.

"It's our task to make it as difficult as possible for them to play their football."

Lyon have lost just once in their past 10 league matches but needed a late goal at home to draw 1-1 with lowly Nancy on Wednesday, while PSG crushed Valenciennes 4-0.

PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first hat-trick in Ligue 1 against Valenciennes and while Garde is wary of the Swede, the 46-year-old knows the Parisians can lose with their star forward on the pitch.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is an impressive player," Garde said.

"He has carried his team since the start of the season and sometimes has won them games by himself, so of course he is impressive.

"But PSG have also lost matches when he was playing on the pitch and we hope to not give him chances."

If PSG defeat Lyon they will go top of Ligue 1 but Garde has rubbished claims that the title will be decided in Sunday's match.

"It's a top-of-the-table clash between two sides fighting for the league, so it's a really important game but it's not yet a pivotal game, the championship will continue after that, for both teams, for every team," Garde said.

"It will not decide the league but it will be an important game to win."

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