Van den Brom: Lyon is a tough draw

AZ Alkmaar head coach John van den Brom admits the prospect of facing Olympique Lyonnais in the last-32 of the Europa League is a daunting task.

The Eredivise side drew the Ligue 1 giants for the knockstage of Europe's second-tier competition after finishing second in their Group behind Russian side Zenit St Petersberg.

While admitting the strength of the French outfit will make it hard for his side to progress further in the competition, the former Anderlecht boss feels any side at this stage would have been a challenge.

"Lyon is a team that played in the Champions League and they are also a team that are constantly finishing in and around the top of the French league," he told reporters, after the draw was completed.

"They are also well known for the physicality that their players possess and how much stamina their team has.

"This is a really tough draw for us. But we knew before the draw that we are in the last 32 of the Europa League so any opponent we will face would be difficult.

"We now have time to prepare for both legs and assess what state we are in February in order to try and get positive results against Lyon."