| PARIS, April 7
PARIS, April 7 Once mighty Olympique
Lyon, almost invincible from 2002-08, have suddenly lost that
untouchable aura and are showing signs of nerves as their title
hopes begin to slip.
Last weekend, Lyon blew a two-goal lead in injury time to
draw 2-2 at Nice, leaving them eight points behind leaders
A few days later, fourth-placed Lyon, who host lowly RC Lens
on Sunday, suffered a further dent to their fragile composure.
At training On Tuesday, France defender Aly Cissokho had a
heated exchange with an angry fan while Brazilian defender Cris
could left team mate Clement Grenier hip and jaw pains after a
Although Grenier missed Wednesday's training because of
bruises, president Jean-Michel Aulas's special advisor Bernard
Lacombe played down the incident.
"To me, it's nothing," he said on the club's website
(www.olweb.fr). "It was (Cris's) way to show that he did not
like what happened in Nice."
Normally unflappable goalkeeper Hugo Lloris did not like
what he saw there either and lost his cool after the game.
TV cameras showed Lloris screaming 'We badly screwed up,
I've had it up to here with this, holy shit!' in the dressing
room after the Nice game.
"He expressed huge frustration. He is a lad who usually
keeps things for himself and he just needed to let it go out,"
coach Claude Puel told reporters.
The atmosphere has been much more relaxed at Lille as the
leaders look to extend their winning streak to five matches when
they travel to struggling Monaco on Saturday.
Monaco, the 2000 French champions who reached the Champions
League final in 2004, lie third from bottom on 32 points, one
point from safety.
Lille are expected to welcome back France defender Adil
Rami, who suffered a neck injury during Les Bleus's 0-0 draw
with Croatia at the Stade de France last month.
Second-placed Olympique Marseille, who are four points
behind Lille, host Toulouse on Saturday amid a row between
president Jean-Claude Dassier and coach Didier Deschamps over
theb's clu recruiting policy for the 2011-12 season.
"I heard the president had the same goal as me, winning the
Champions League," Deschamps said last Sunday.
"But (he also said that) the club's policy would be to sign
young, talented free agents. It seems to me that both things are
"We are not going to spend millions and millions," Dassier
replied in French media.
(Editing by Alastair Himmer; To query or comment on this
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