FRENCH LIGUE 1

Auguste-Bonal, France

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Sochaux

  • Slovan Privat 71'

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Lyon

  • Maxime Gonalons 23'

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Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff insists he is not about to get caught up in all the hype surrounding his return to the France squad.

The 26-year-old made his first Ligue 1 appearance since August in last weekend's 5-2 win against Bastia, and also scored in the midweek Europa League win at Athletic Bilbao which saw Lyon qualify for the knockout stages.

New Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps is all too aware of what the former Rennes, Milan and Bordeaux man can do when in the right frame of mind, and is likely to play him in the friendly against Italy on November 14.

Gourcuff will again be at the heart of the Lyon side when they travel to struggling Sochaux tomorrow looking to keep up the pressure on leading duo Paris St Germain and Marseille.

However, the midfielder intends to take it all in his stride.

``I remain focused on football,'' he said.

``We must always respect personality, whether it goes well or not, I am discreet and I work.

``Sometimes when I do not smile, people say everything and anything, but I am not smiling because I am focused on my work thoroughly.

``I have never changed. Those who know me everyday understand I am a hard worker.''

Lyon look set to be without striker Jimmy Briand at the Stade Bonal because of a hamstring injury.

Manager Remi Garde is expecting an improved defensive display from last week's Ligue 1 game.

``We played well going forward and created lots of chances, but defensively we got ourselves into trouble rather easily,'' he said.

``These are things we are aware of and need to work on.''

Sochaux, meanwhile, will be aiming to build on their 2-1 midweek victory over Evian, which was a first in five matches.

Coach Eric Hely said: ``I am really satisfied, both with the performance and with the spirit shown by the players. I think that, for the first time this year, they really gave their absolute all out there.

``This game is just a step. This win removes a little bit of the pressure before we host Lyon.''

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