Genesio lauds winning start

Lyon Head Coach Bruno Genesio has spoken of the importance of getting their Champions League campaign underway with a win following their indifferent form in Ligue 1 this season.

The 2016 French top flight runners-up are currently in eighth place after losses away at Dijon and at home to Bordeaux, but put that behind them with a positive 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday evening.

Corentin Tolisso had opened the scoring with a well-timed header at the far post from a pin-point Rafael cross on 13 minutes before Jordan Ferri's chipped second after 49 minutes and Maxwell Cornet's 57th neat tap-in following some good work from Tolisso.

After the match, a delighted Genesio said: "It is a perfect start, because we won well I think against a Zagreb team who are a direct rival for third place if we want to talk about that.

"It is also a way of reassuring ourselves after our two defeats in the league and it launches our European campaign, helps us gain confidence. This new 3-5-1-1 system is something we worked on for only two days. The players put a lot of thought in and played with intelligence. They took it all on board."

Tolisso, meanwhile, was delighted to have opened the scoring for Lyon: "I honestly hadn't thought about the fact I'd become the first scorer in the Champions League in this stadium, but it's something that makes me very happy.

"I work hard on a daily basis to be as good as possible and today I've been rewarded. The most important thing is the team. We played solidly and didn't concede and that was important as we'd been conceding goals recently."

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