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Lyon boss Genesio: 'We have to start strongly'

Publish on 06/06/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS

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Olympique Lyonnais coach Bruno Genesio knows they cannot afford to sleepwalk into the start of 2018 as they begin their Coupe de France quest on Saturday.

Genesio's side raced to the winter break with four straight league wins, leaving them in third place at the halfway stage, level on points with second-placed AS Monaco.

A trip to the principality at the start of February comes in the middle of what could be a key period of the season for OL, who also have their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie with Villarreal looming next month.

Genesio hopes his squad will set the tone for success by hitting the ground running at the Stade Marcel Picot.

"We very quickly have to refind what made us strong in the first part of the season, because everything will be played out in January/February. We mustn't be late. And the Coupe de France is an important competition.

"We're ambitious, we want to go as far as possible, even if it's not an objective in itself as there are a lot of parameters to this competition. And getting by Nancy won't be easy…"

Ligue 1 clubs in Coupe de France Round of 64 action

Saturday, 6 January, 2018

Tolouse FC - OGC Nice
Le Mans - LOSC
C.A. de Pontarlier - Montpellier Hérault SC
S.C. Hazebrouckois - SM Caen
EA Guingamp - Chamois Niortais
AS Yzeure - AS Monaco
AS Nancy Lorraine - Olympique Lyonnais

Sunday 7 January, 2018

RC Strasbourg Alsace - Dijon FCO
AS Saint-Etienne - Nîmes Olympique
Olympique de Marseille - Valenciennes FC
Angers SCO - FC Lorient
US Granville - Girondins de Bordeaux
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard - Amiens SC
Still 1930 - ESTAC Troyes
U.S. Municipale Senlis - FC Nantes
US Dunkerque - FC Metz
Stade Rennais FC - Paris Saint-Germain