Press Conference: Claude Puel
THE INJURY SITUATION
"Yoann Gourcuff will not be available for Sochaux. He is still in pain, but there is no other problem than the pain. Cris will not make the trip on Saturday either. He will continue to work physically. We hope to have these two players for Madrid. Ederson is not quite ready for the intensity of the matches. He will work with Cris and Gourcuff. He will not play in the away match of the CFA either."
How would you analyze the current good momentum?
"We have a quality group that has given itself the means to be consistent recently, to be present in all areas of the field, offensively and defensively. There has been no reference match yet. We carried on after the defeat at Valenciennes. It's good. The investment is interesting. Physically, we have been in form since the winter break. And as our programme has not been too busy as far as games are concerned, we have a certain freshness. I liked our game against Arles-Avignon. The players enjoyed it. They made the effort. The regularity of our performances, our results will make the difference. They will confirm our current progress. It is at the end of the season that we will draw conclusions. Even if it's easier when the senior players respond present, for me, it is primarily the group that meets the expectations in matches and training. Our collective can feel that. Individualities are at the service of the collective."
What does the match against Sochaux inspire in you?
"We're warned. This team likes to play. Some players like Martin, Boudebouz can make the difference with their technique. A team without complexes. It will be difficult. OL have no jokers left. We will have to put in a good performance. We must think first of Sochaux and through this match, we will prepare for Real Madrid. Lisandro in competition with Gomis? No. They can play together or not. They are not in competition. They are complementary with their different qualities. "
How do you respond to the rumors that would make you the next coach of Sevilla?
"I have no interest in this information. I am under contract with OL. I don’t have to talk about my future ... and it's not me who spreads this kind of information or rumor."
A word on the first teams qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League?
"For now, it is not the case, but I keep telling myself that there will be a team that will qualify away from home... And I do not consider that we are eliminated when we step out onto the pitch at Real Madrid. There is still this second leg to be played."