Carriere waits for Celtic battle
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lyon travel to Parkhead for Tuesday's European tussle with the French champions chasing back-to-back victories in the competition after opening up with a gritty 1-0 success over Anderlecht.
But Carriere is not anticipating an easy ride in Glasgow and predicts Celtic to offer a stern physical test of Lyon's credentials with an emphasis on the long ball game.
"In Glasgow, it will be more difficult in the air because when they can't find a solution, the Scottish (teams) kick and rush and you have to fight," Carriere told L'Equipe.
"When we have the ball what we showed on Saturday is interesting. But in Scotland, perhaps less attractive football is needed."
Lyon warmed up for their jaunt to Scotland by crushing Lens 4-0 in Le Championnat as Carriere demonstrated signs of a return to form.
The gifted playmaker has suffered at the taunts of the l'OL boo-boys in recent times and has pleaded for the supporters to show a greater understanding of his contribution to the team.
"I don't have a spectacular game," continued Carriere. "But I am convinced by my style. I allow other players to achieve beautiful things.
"I have created the most assists in my club for three seasons and I have been in the Champions League three times - that means something.
"I am convinced I would have been booed less if I shot at goal more often but I am not convinced we would have scored more goals.
"But I have no rancour, I just can't understand some behaviour. It was difficult for me to get booed but it was much more difficult for my family.
"My wife prefers not to come back to Stade Gerland anymore. I am very sensitive too. Last season when I scored against Le Havre, I was close to crying.
"I got booed but I played a good match so I could not understand it. Now, I only think of having fun while playing football."
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