Coupet hails Tiago
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gregory Coupet feels Portuguese star Tiago has made a huge impact for Lyon.Lyon keeper Gregory Coupet feels the club have found the perfect replacement for Michael Essien in the guise of Tiago.
Essien swapped Lyon for Chelsea in a mega deal in August, while Tiago made the move in the opposite direction later in the summer.
Many felt Lyon could struggle to replace Ghanaian star Essien, but Coupet claims Tiago has slotted in seamlessly at Stade Gerland.
"Tiago has an incredible intelligence for the game," said Coupet. "He has a sense for positioning and makes simple and efficient gestures.
"Tiago is at least as strong as Essien, and that means a lot."
Coupet also hailed the impact of defender Cris.
"Cris really is an unusual man," said Coupet. "When in the 89th minute you see his determination to come back in defence after a free kick, you tell yourself you have in front of you a man that only thinks to defend the route to his goal."