Aug 31, 2013 at 1pm UK at ​Parc des Sports
EvianEvian TG
2-1
Lyon
Berigaud (8', 33')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Ferri (49')

Maxime Gonalons demands Lyon response

Lyon's French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match agaisnt Sochaux on August 16, 2013
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Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons demands that his side produce a positive response to a difficult week at Evian TG on Sunday.

Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons has insisted that three points at Evian TG this weekend are imperative to get their season back on track.

Remi Garde's young side started their Ligue 1 campaign brightly with successive wins, but fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at Reims last weekend.

That loss was swiftly followed by disappointment in their Champions League qualifier against Real Sociedad, with Carlos Vela's brace on Wednesday ensuring the Basque side triumphed 4-0 on aggregate.

Gonalons believes that Lyon need a swift response to quickly counter negative feeling surrounding back-to-back defeats, warning that Evian will provide a stern test when the two teams meet tomorrow.

He told reporters at a pre-match press conference: "It is a big game on Saturday against Evian, we have to get back into the flow to stop this negative spiral.

"It is not easy because we do not have a lot of recovery time. It is never easy to play this game, it is a small derby.

"They have a great desire, they go ahead and do not let go."

Les Gones sit third in Ligue 1 at this early stage of the campaign, three points behind pace setters Marseille, who have taken maximum points form their first three matches.

Real Sociedad's Haris Seferovic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Lyon on August 20, 2013
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