Garde grateful for Lyon form U-turn
By Football News
Lyon head coach Remi Garde has expressed his relief at his team's breakthrough win over Toulouse as they strive for second spot in Ligue 1.
While Garde conceded his team were not at their best in their 3-1 victory at the Stade de Gerland, the 47-year-old coach was simply happy to see Lyon end their losing streak at three games.
A goal from Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder made it 1-1 at half-time but Lyon clinched the match through second-half goals from Bakary Kone and Bafetimbi Gomis.
"It is a relief and a satisfying feeling to get back to winning ways even if it is never easy against Toulouse," Garde said.
"It wasn't our best performance here at Gerland but the team were rewarded for their efforts.
"It is never easy when you lose a lead in a game but I could feel at half-time that the team were determined to win it."
Sunday's victory took Lyon back within two points of second-placed Marseille, giving Garde's team a boost in their bid for an automatic UEFA Champions League qualifying berth.
But Garde knows Lyon remain far from the finished product.
"We were disciplined when we didn't have the ball and more direct going forward," Garde said.
"We know that things can change very quickly in football.
"We will savour this victory but we won't get carried away or say that anything is done.
"I am pleased with the three points and with the way the team has behaved all week."