Lahm plays down Lyon trip
Philipp Lahm does not believe Bayern Munich have a significant advantage due to Lyon's travel woes.
Last Updated: 20/04/10 7:14pm
Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm does not believe his side have a significant advantage ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg due to Lyon's travel woes.
The French side have been forced to travel to Germany by road after the volcanic ash cloud drifting east from Iceland closed much of Europe's airspace.
The 800-kilometre journey ultimately entailed around 10 hours of travelling, split up by an overnight stay in Stuttgart, before Claude Puel's men arrived in Munich at lunchtime on Tuesday.
Lahm can understand how difficult the trip must have been, but expects Lyon to be raring to go by Wednesday evening and fully competitive.
"I think it's bothersome before a match like this," he said.
"But on the day of the match you are so full of adrenaline, you won't think about it."
Lahm is anticipating a tight game and believes defending well holds the key for Bayern if they are to take control of the tie.
"Semi-finals are usually balanced," he said.
"I think they have respect for us, they know we can always score, but they are also very strong. We are in very good form, though.
"We will try not to concede a goal - 1-0 would be good, 2-0 would be better and a win always better than a draw."
Lahm was speaking at the pre-match press conference after taking the place of French winger Franck Ribery.
Ribery has been questioned by police this week as a witness in a case of prostitution involving a minor.
Bayern have instructed their players not to respond to journalists asking about the matter, although director of sport Christian Nerlinger has admitted it is something the club will have to monitor.
Nerlinger said: "This is, of course, an issue for us. But for the time being, we have to concentrate on the football, including Franck."