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By ESPN Staff

Lacombe: Lyon have not given up on top spot

Bernard Lacombe, advisor to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, insists Les Gones have not given up on the Ligue 1 title race despite coach Claude Puel admitting he would settle for second place.

Puel, whose side lie sixth in the standings - 13 points behind leaders Bordeaux - over the winter break, claimed he would be content to secure a Champions League spot, telling Le Parisien: ''If Lyon finished second or third, I'll take it.''

However, it seems Lacombe has loftier ambitions for OL, who were French champions every year from 2002 to 2008.

''When you've been champions seven times in succession, you are inevitably disappointed not to be,'' he told L'Equipe. ''Last season, we were already disappointed. I continue to hope that we can fight for the title.

''Things move fast in football. You never know what can happen. Second? Why not... But after we have tried everything.''

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