Diarra dreams at Lyon
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
French midfielder Alou Diarra insists he has made a step up in class by joining Lyon.
French international midfielder Alou Diarra insists he has made a step up in class by joining Lyon.
The 25-year-old moved from Lens to the Stade Gerland as a replacement for the club's former midfield general Mahamadou Diarra this summer.
His rise since leaving Liverpool in July 2004 has been a rapid one and though he has only played a bit-part role so far for the French champions, he already has an eye on the next stage of his progression.
"I can't wait to play more matches, more regularly," he told But.
"I am excited because the last time I played the full 90 minutes was in May.
"Gerard Houllier thinks I am fit and his optimism is great.
"I need three or four matches to get back to my best.
"It has been easy for me to integrate into a winning team. We have a collective strength and our opponents are afraid of us.
"When I signed here, I knew it would change my status. Top level matches take place every week, which is a big change compared to what I used to experience with Lens.
"I just have to do my job, nothing more, nothing less."
Diarra's focus for the moment is on the international scene, as he tries to win a place in the Bleus' midfield for the Euro 2008 qualifiers with Scotland on Saturday and then Faroe Islands four days later.