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Lyon SD Juninho: “When you are well paid, you need motivation everyday.”

Speaking to RMC Sport, Lyon Sporting Director Juninho cut a disappointed figure as his side missed out on an all French Champions’ League final with PSG, losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

“We are all sad, it is not easy. But we are going out with our heads held high, I am proud of the players the staff. We accept this. We respected our gameplan. You need a lot of luck and efficacy to beat a team like this. Maybe if we had scored 1 or 2 goals at the beginning of the match… I am proud of the squad, I thank the supporters for their incredible support, we felt a strong energy. I wish PSG good luck, that they show people that Ligue 1 is not what they think it is. We started well, with two or three chances, Karl (Toko-Ekambi) hits the post. We had to at least score one. They caused us problems between the lines. The hardest thing was to play the ball out from the back. We saw that it did not work for Leipzig.”

“The aim now is to continue working, immediately with Ligue 1. There are no presents. We will have to work. If we continue like this, we will be back in this competition. When you are well paid, you need motivation everyday, we are going to concentrate on Ligue 1. There are the basics. There will be departures, but I am not worried. When you have players who play very well in a competition like this, like Moussa (Dembélé) and Houssem (Aouar)… We will have to show the same spirit to be back in the Champions’ League next season.”

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