Genesio: We need to be mentally tough

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is expecting a “big performance” from his side in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash with Besiktas.

The Ligue 1 team take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg after goals from Corentin Tolisso and Jeremy Morel cancelled out a Ryan Babel opener at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais last week.

Speaking ahead of the match, Genesio said: "This qualification isn’t only about focus and the mental aspects, it also hinges on technical and tactical matters. 

"There’s no point denying that given what we’ve learned recently, we’re more reliant on mental preparation."

Crowd trouble delayed the first leg tie by 45 minutes as fighting broke out in the stands, with both clubs subsequently fined and handed a suspended sentence that could see them excluded from European competitions if similar incidences occur again within two years.

Genesio continued: "Since this morning, we’ve felt perfectly safe, there’s no feeling of apprehension, only one of wanting to play a great match and put in a big performance on Thursday night. 

"It’s in the tough times that we see the real mean and build for the future."

Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons added: "It’s been a week that we’ve been talking about everything but football in the media. What we’ve gone through in the last two games… obviously it’s not what we like. 

"But that doesn’t stop us from being highly focused on this return leg match, which is the most important of the season. We were all scared on Sunday when we saw the crowd come onto the pitch. Thank God no one was hurt. We’re still men after all and I hope that it doesn’t happen again.”

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