Football: What the Hell Is Going on at Lyon? PRESSURE'S ALL ON GERS SAYS LYON STAR SYDNEY GOVOU PRESSURE'S ALL ON LYON SAYS HIS BOSS ALAIN PERRIN; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CRUNCH RANGERS V LYON 1 POINT FROM THE PROMISED LAND

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Football: What the Hell Is Going on at Lyon? PRESSURE'S ALL ON GERS SAYS LYON STAR SYDNEY GOVOU PRESSURE'S ALL ON LYON SAYS HIS BOSS ALAIN PERRIN; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CRUNCH RANGERS V LYON 1 POINT FROM THE PROMISED LAND


Byline: BY CHRIS ROBERTS

THE champions of France have a problem going into tonight's clash with Rangers - they don't know their derriere from their elbow.

Last night Lyon striker Sydney Govou insisted the pressure was on Walter Smith's side but manager Alain Perrin swore it was on his own team.

Rangers only need a point from tonight's Ibrox crunch to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League but anything less than a win will force Lyon to settle for the consolation of a UEFA Cup place.

Despite that, Govou said: "They are under more pressure than us.

"We are playing away from home so they are under even more pressure. We don't have anything to lose.

"The fact they only need a draw doesn't mean anything because a 0-0 scoreline is not easy to get.

"We can qualify for the next stage with a victory. There is pressure but it is very exciting and different from the games we have played before."

But Perrin admits he would rather be in the position of rival-boss Smith as they aim to finish Group E second to Barcelona.

The manager said: "The pressure is on us because we need to have real drive going into the game.

"Normally we qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League but this time Rangers are the favourites.

"They only need a draw and they have their supporters behind them."

But Perrin doesn't expect Rangers to defend in a bid to draw. He said: "They have the advantage but they have to attack us and we must be careful."

The stakes are high for both teams and that is why the former Portsmouth coach had no hesitation in labelling the game the biggest so far of his career in management .

Perrin said: "I have been involved in some big matches with other clubs but this is the biggest since Ibecame a manager."

The Lyon coach insists Rangers were done a massive favour when Sunday's SPL game away to Gretna was called off.

While the Ibrox side rested, Lyon endured the gruelling trip to Normandy where they lost to Caen.

Perrin said: "Rangers are coming into the match in better condition. They are in better shape than us but we didn't suffer injuries.

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