Madrid seek Lyon revenge
Real Madrid sporting director Miguel Pardeza has revenge on his mind ahead of the clash against Lyon.
Last Updated: 17/12/10 5:27pm
Real Madrid sporting director Miguel Pardeza admits the club will have revenge on their minds when they come up against Lyon in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.
The Primera Liga giants were knocked out by the French outfit at the same stage of the competition last season, losing 2-1 on aggregate.
Lyon went on to reach the semi-finals for the first time before falling to eventual runners-up Bayern Munich.
Los Blancos have been eliminated at the last 16 stage for six successive seasons but Pardeza is hoping their luck will change now that Jose Mourinho is in charge.
Pardeza told the club's official website: "We still have last year's tie fresh in our minds and I hope this year we are the team to go through.
"The team is ready and we are now more familiar with Lyon."
Meanwhile, Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is expecting a much tougher test this time around: "It's hard to pick a favourite.
"Madrid are better than last year and it makes for an interesting match. It will be intense and hard for them."
Lyon are also set to come against their former striker Karim Benzema again and Aulas added: "Benzema is a much-loved player in Lyon and I hope it's an important match for him."