Hubert Fournier admitted Olympique Lyonnais were "laborious" as they got past Czech side FK Mladá Boleslav to reach the Europa League play-offs in the new coach's first competitive match in charge at the Stade de Gerland on Thursday.
Lyon have booked their place in the Europa League final play-off round, beating Czech side FK Mladá Boleslav 2-1 for a 6-2 aggregate win. Alexandre Lacazette (58') and Clinton N'Jie (89') got the goals for OL.
Olympique Lyonnais coach Hubert Fournier saw his side's 4-1 win over Mlada Boleslav as the perfect coda to their pre-season preparations, and is confident his men can clinch a play-offs berth in the return leg next Thursday.
Olympique Lyonnais youth academy graduates Mohamed Yattara, Maxime Gonalons and Samuel Umtiti were all on target as OL beat Mlada Boleslav 4-1 to take a firm grip on their Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday night.
Pleased with his side's 2-0 win in Zürich, Lille boss René Girard was remaining wary ahead of the return leg against Grasshopper in Lille on Tuesday; Sébastien Corchia was thrilled with his goal and assist on debut for Les Dogues.
Lille took a grip on a place in the Champions League group stage as they beat Grasshopper 2-0 in Zürich, goals from Sébastien Corchia and Ryan Mendes putting them in the box seat for next Tuesday's return leg in Lille.