Ricardo gives up Lyon chase
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bordeaux coach Ricardo says Lyon can not be caught at the top of Ligue 1.Bordeaux coach Ricardo says his side's 0-0 draw with runaway leaders Lyon only served to delay the arrival of the fifth consecutive league title at Stade Gerland.
The top of the table clash on Sunday night proved to be a disappointing encounter, with chances at a premium, and Gerard Houllier's men remain nine points clear at the top of Le Championnat.
Lyon enjoy a formidable status in France, and Brazilian tactician Ricardo says he has now given up on catching Les Gones after failing to beat them at the weekend.
"We got one point tonight against Lyon and we won one point toward Auxerre and Lille who were defeated on Saturday night," said Ricardo.
"I am proud with my players' state of mind.
"Lyon is still leading Le Championnat and we are only concerned with second place.
"Let's say we just delayed the attribution of the national title."
Meanwhile, Lyon boss Gerard Houllier had words of praise for second placed Bordeaux, after a defensive encounter that subdued his normally proficient strike-force.
"On the whole we tried more than Bordeaux," insisted Houllier.
"But Bordeaux is a very difficult team to play, very dense and always dangerous considering the speed of Julien Faubert and Jean-Claude Darcheville.
"It is very difficult to put the ball in behind Girondins defenders.
"In the end we remain nine points ahead of Bordeaux, and the draw is any way a good result."
One negative side-effect of the tie was another injury to a Lyon defender with Sylvain Monsoreau being withdrawn before half time due to a thigh problem.
The summer signing from Sochaux joins Anthony Reveillere in the treatment room and will undergo an MRI scan on Monday to assess the extent of the damage.