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.
Paris Saint-Germain have released a statement declaring their intention to appeal against the UEFA sanction to partially close one of their stands at the Parc des Princes in their next Champions League home match.
LOSC Lille Métropole have been drawn against Swiss side Grasshopper Club Zurich in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. René Girard's men will be looking clinch a European return after missing out last season.
AS Monaco's Argentina 'keeper Sergio Romero was focused on the positives while compatriot Ezequiel Lavezzi of Paris Saint-Germain spoke of the agony of going so close in their 1-0 World Cup final loss to Germany.