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Lyon don't envy PSG, insists Gonalons

Lyon don't envy PSG, insists Gonalons

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The 24-year-old accepts that Carlo Ancelotti's side have been the best this season but took time to praise team-mates Yoan Gourcuff and Bafetimbi Gomis

Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Maxime Gonalons insists he and his team-mates have no reason to envy Paris Saint-Germain, despite their dominance in Ligue 1 this season.

The two sides meet in a crucial game at Stade der Gerland on Sunday, with Lyon battling for a place in next season's Champions League and PSG knowing a win would secure the title.

The 24-year-old accepts that Carlo Ancelotti's side are arguably the deserved victors in the top French division this campaign but does not believe les Parisiens lifting the trophy for the first time in 19 years represents a power shift.

"We are playing against the future champions of France, so it's an exciting game to play," Gonalons told reporters.

"We are preparing well for the win and
we have our goal to aim at [Champions League qualification]. PSG will be champions if they win and, if this is the case, then it is deserved.

"If they do win, I do not consider this is a transfer of power however. This Lyon team has no reason to envy PSG."

Gonalons also spoke about his team-mates Yoann Gourcuff and Bafetimbi Gomis - praising both for various attributes - and PSG's highly-rated midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

"Yoann has been playing really well in recent games. He scores, passes and is very important for the team. Bafe, meanwhile, is very strong mentally and works very hard," he said.

"Matuidi is a player I like - he's a good guy. He has had a great season and is now a PSG regular. It is important to play against players like this."

Finally, the France international spoke about his future, having been linked with moves to Arsenal and Monaco but says that, right now, he is just focused on play for Lyon.

"I've heard about the rumours, but I'm fully focused on the club with which I am under contract until 2016," he concluded. "I still have a lot to learn."

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