Lyon labour to Dijon draw in Garcia's first game

Lyon stuttered to a 0-0 draw against fellow Ligue 1 strugglers Dijon on Saturday as already-embattled new coach Rudi Garcia took charge for the first time.

The 55-year-old's appointment was greeted with anger by Lyon supporters because of his three-year stint at bitter rivals Marseille. He was roundly booed at the Groupama Stadium ahead of kick-off.

Garcia's day did not get any better, as his side wasted a string of excellent chances against dogged Dijon.

"The fans were good during the match, at the end of the day they're not happy with results and neither are we," he told Canal+.

"We weren't missing much, aggression in front of goal. We're starting from scratch. When we play a team in the relegation zone, we must win."

Lyon, who sacked Brazilian Sylvinho, in his first job as a head coach, after only 11 matches earlier this month, have failed to win in eight league games.

Sporting director Juninho has been responsible for hiring both former Arsenal and Barcelona full-back Sylvinho and Garcia.

But the former Brazil international insisted that there were positive signs on Saturday.

"What hurts is to look at our place in the table," he said. "Concerning the first week under Rudi Garcia, the players have responded, very good things have been seen.

"If we manage to play as well (against Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday), we will be able to reverse the situation."

The draw left Lyon, who have not finished outside the top five since 1998, languishing 14th in the table after 10 matches, just one point above the relegation zone.

The seven-time French title-winners, who were widely tipped to be Paris Saint-Germain's closest challengers this season, are 14 points adrift of the defending champions.

"It's frustrating, there's no explanation," said striker Moussa Dembele. "We have to ignore what's happening around the pitch. We are professionals used to playing under pressure."

PSG beat Nice 4-1 on Friday to move five points clear of second-placed Nantes, who visit Metz later on Saturday.

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