Europa League: Lyon coach Remi Garde wary of complacency at home to Viktoria Plzen
Lyon coach Remi Garde has warned his side against complacency as they prepare to take on Viktoria Plzen.
Last Updated: 12/03/14 10:51pm
Remi Garde has warned Lyon against complacency as they prepare to take on Viktoria Plzen in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash at the Stade Gerland.
Garde's men will start as strong favourites to overcome their opponents after resurrecting their European hopes in Ligue 1 on the back of a six-match unbeaten run.
But after injury-time goals saw them home against Bordeaux at the weekend, Garde said they would not under-estimate Plzen - who caused an upset by dispatching Shakhtar Donetsk in the previous round.
Garde said: "In the Europa League the level is higher than a domestic match, especially when it's a decisive match.
"Plzen will give everything they have. They surprised Shakhtar and have extensive experience in Europe, but we will prepare to try to go through again."
Garde may be forced to name a weakened side with Clement Grenier and Yoann Gourcuff out. Henri Bedimo is also a major doubt, although Gueida Fofana is in line to return from an ankle injury.
Plzen coach Dusan Uhrin will be hoping for a reaction from his side after Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Czech title rivals Sparta Prague in which both Tomas Horava and Michal Duris were sent off.
The result effectively ended Plzen's hopes of regaining the domestic title and midfielder Horava insisted such a high-profile clash was exactly what his side needs.
Horava said: "It does not help us to lose, but we have got to forget all about it and concentrate on the Europa League.
"Playing at this stage is every Czech footballer's dream, so we want to go further."