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Perrin’s press conference

Published on 05 October 2007 at 2:50 PM
Alain Perrin held his customary post-training press conference… he discusses the loss to Rangers before talking about the upcoming match against Bordeaux…
Alain, what psychological state is the team in?
“They’re well. We worked hard on our recovery after the match so we would be fresh for this weekend’s match. The loss we suffered was put behind us by the next day. After losing 1-0 or 3-0, it’s still a defeat and it’s a big disappointment. The lads played, on the whole, a good match. They had chances. We just lacked that little bit extra that would have made the difference. Yes, we conceded 3 goals… our marking wasn’t the best… maybe I emphasised the attacking aspect of our game plan too much, knowing that the Scots would pack the defence, focusing too little on the basics (support, coverage). It’s something we’ll be working on. You have to be able to get a firm grip on the game before scoring a goal. After Barcelona, we were disappointed. Now, we’re disappointed again but it’s mitigated by what we saw on the pitch. We know what we need to work on. You can never afford to neglect an area of your game. Fabio Grosso? You can’t focus on just one player, I don’t think that’s fair. You have to draw your conclusions more globally.”

What do you think of what President Jean-Michel Aulas has had to say?
“I prepare for our matches based on the elements presented by our opponents. We always try to win. There are always questions to be asked and areas to work on. I discussed the tactics with the President, which is normal as he has a strong intellectual curiosity. He isn’t interfering. And we always discuss tactics with the staff and Bernard Lacombe as well. After you lose a match, you really want to win the next one; it’s normal. So there is more reflection and soul-searching but it’s not a question of going back to the drawing board. Crisis? Hang on, there is no crisis. It’s always like that, everywhere you go. Don’t exaggerate the situation. We’re working happily – we won’t accept the way things have been going and we½ll do what we can to remedy the situation.”

“This side is coming off a string of interesting league results. They press well at home, they’re confident. Also, they just made it to the next round of the UEFA Cup. We know the individual qualities they possess, and they’re a European-level side, with dangerous players everywhere. We have a tough task ahead of us, but we simply have to step up and show we’re as strong as ever. It’ll be a good test, we’ll see how well we can bounce back and how well we’ve learnt our lessons. A must-win match? What does that mean? We’ll do our best to play a good match get a good result. Getting a point is our minimum expectation of the fixture, and we have reason to hope for better than that. But we haven’t lost sight of our respect for our adversaries and their quality.”

“He’s getting his feel back. He should be in the squad; he’ll be gradually reintegrated into the squad. He’s a key player and we can’t wait for him to get back to the top of his game. But it’ll take a bit longer.”