Lyon-coach Genesio: ‘Advantage that we will first play against Ajax’
Olympique Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is on the alert for Ajax in the semi-finals of the Europa League, but the Frenchman thinks that his team given the schedule slightly in favour.
Ajax and Lyon were Friday at the draw in Swiss Nyon linked to each other for the semi final battle. In the other semi-final to take Celta de Vigo and Manchester United against each other.
“Ajax has a good footballing team, with strong attackers, and is a big name in European football. It will be an interesting encounter”, Genesio enthusiastic about Ajax.
The 50-year-old coach of Lyon thinks that details will make the difference in the diptych. “Both teams are well matched. For us it is an advantage that we have the second match at home to play.”
Ajax and Lyon meet each other first time on may 3 in the Amsterdam Arena. That contest was Friday, a day early due to the National remembrance day on 4 may. The return in France will be finished on may 11.
Ajax trains, the day after historic night
Ajax trained on Friday after the memorable night in Gelsenkirchen.
Nick Viergever fulfilled in the duel a leading role by the major 3-1.
Despite a 3-2 defeat against Schalke 04 was a placement for the semi-finals of the Europa League enforced.
Ajax takes on Sunday in Eindhoven against PSV.
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It is not yet clear whether trainer Genesio against Ajax may have about Alexandre Lacazette. The striker, already good for 24 goals in the French Ligue 1, is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Lacazette ran that injury Thursday during the return in the quarter-finals of the Europa League against Besiktas. He was at the start of the extension not proceed.
“I am optimistic about his chances against Ajax to play”, let Genesio, however, know. The 25-year-old Lacazette misses in any case, Sunday the top match against the leader AS Monaco. Lyon is on the fourth place in the Ligue 1.
Klaassen sees opportunities for Ajax in the semi-final against a difficult Lyon