Lyon set sights on record points total

April 21, 2006

MONACO, April 21 (Reuters) - French champions Olympique Lyon can surpass their own Ligue 1 points record when they visit Monaco on Sunday.

Lyon, who celebrated their fifth consecutive title by winning 1-0 at Paris St Germain last Sunday, have 78 points, one shy of last year's total with three games to play.

"We talk a lot among ourselves about this record. We can go over 80 points. It's symbolic and we will do everything we can to set it," said Lyon captain Claudio Cacapa.

Monaco sit in mid-table after an inconsistent season but striker Marco Di Vaio says the game is an opportunity to test themselves.

"This match is a gala," said the Italian. "Lyon are the best Ligue 1 side and they are one of the top teams in Europe. They match the great clubs of Italy and Spain.

"We envy them. We would love to play at their level. "We have the perfect opportunity to test ourselves and see what we are worth."

Monaco will be without playmaker Camel Meriem who tore knee ligaments during a training session on Thursday and is out for the rest of the season.

Lyon will miss their talisman midfielder Juninho who is suspended.