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Terrier to snap at Bordeaux's heels?

Publish on 25/04/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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Martin Terrier will attempt to extend his wonderful scoring sequence to six consecutive games when Champions League-chasing Olympique Lyonnais head to Bordeaux on Friday evening.

Girondins de Bordeaux - Olympique Lyonnais 

Terrier has eight goals this season despite having only started 11 matches in Ligue 1 Conforama. The France Under-21s star helped OL end a three-match losing sequence in all competitions by beating Angers 2-1 in Week 33 and has become a key figure in OL's bid to secure a top-three finish.

Terrier, 22, told Le Foot Lyon: "As I came up through the LOSC youth system, my idol was of course Eden Hazard. His career was really starting to blow up when I was in the youth system. Otherwise, I love Dennis Bergkamp."

Likened by some to a young Robert Pires, Terrier has impressed in recent weeks with his composure in front of goal and his willingness to shoot early. There is still some debate as to Terrier's best position and he is frequently used by Bruno Genesio on the left side of OL's attack.

Terrier: "My best position is playing off a centre-forward"

Terrier commented: "I am versatile and the coach knows he can use me in a variety of systems because I can adapt easily to any position. I like the 4-4-2 midfield diamond because my best position is playing off a centre-forward. As I have a good right foot, if I'm playing wide it's easier for me to play on the left and cut in onto my right foot in order to cross or shoot."

Easy-going, Terrier made a slow start to his OL career but has come into his own in recent months and came close to scoring against Barcelona in the round of 16 of the Champions League as Marc-André ter Stegen tipped a thunderbolt of a shot onto the crossbar.

Terrier said: "I hope we get a chance to play against Barcelona again next season. We have the wherewithal to qualify for the Champions League again and even finish second in Ligue 1. I hope we'll do it. I've made a breakthrough this season, notably from a mental standpoint. I was lacking a few little things that were stopping me from imposing myself in the starting eleven, but I'm now on the right track."

Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa said in his pre-match press conference: "Since my first day here, I have been very coherent with myself, my ideas and my message. It's not a question of results. Results change nothing. We need to create our style and then solidify in order to get results."

Probable Teams:

Bordeaux: (to follow)

Lyon: (to follow)