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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 15, 2008

Lyon in cautious mood ahead of Ligue 1 decider

PARIS, May 15 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon will take nothing for granted when they travel to AJ Auxerre aiming for a record seventh consecutive Ligue 1 title on Saturday (1850 GMT).

Lyon, on 76 points with a +35 goal difference, need a draw in Burgundy in the last round of matches if second-placed Bordeaux (+27), who are two points behind, clinch victory at strugglers Racing Lens.

'We must not say to ourselves that it's a done deal,' defender Jean-Alain Boumsong told Lyon Mag newspaper.

'The worst mistake would be to believe we are already champions. We must go there to win the game because if we happen to be beaten, we could lose the league.'

However, the former Newcastle United and Juventus centre back added that his team would not take any chance at the Stade Abbe-Deschamps.

'If we are drawing 0-0 with 10 minutes remaining and in the mean time, Bordeaux are leading, we'll have to play it safe,' he said.

Lyon, who will also play the French Cup final against Paris St Germain later this month, are gunning for the first double in the club's history.

No club from a major European league (Germany, England, Spain, Italy) has won six straight titles, let alone seven.

Bordeaux should again be hit by injuries for their Lens trip, with midfielder Alejandro Alonso definitely out of the game with a groin injury.

Playmaker Johan Micoud missed Tuesday's training session because of a leg injury, as well as goalkeeper Ulrich Rame, who suffers from a groin injury.

But coach Laurent Blanc will welcome back Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi, who was suspended last weekend and has scored 14 goals in the last 18 matches.

If Auxerre have nothing to win or lose against Lyon, Lens who won their only league title 10 years ago, will play their last card to avoid relegation against Bordeaux.

The northeners are third from bottom with 39 points and trail Toulouse, who hold the last safe spot, on goal difference.

Toulouse take on Valenciennes, who have only won one match away from home this season. Paris St Germain, who travel to Sochaux, are one point above Lens and Toulouse.

Metz and Racing Strasbourg have already been relegated.

The battle for the European spots will draw to an end with Nancy and Olympique Marseille gunning for the Champions League third preliminary round's spot for third place when they host Stade Rennes and Racing Strasbourg respectively.

Nancy have 60 points to Marseille's 59.

Lille, St Etienne and Rennes will be out to claim fifth place and a UEFA Cup spot for next season. Lille lead the field on 56 points and travel to Lorient while St Etienne (55) take on Monaco and Rennes (55) travel to Nancy.

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