Anthony Lopes: "There's nothing like experiencing a World Cup as a player"
Anthony, how was your vacation?
I was able to rest well and recharge my batteries with my family. During the World Cup I didn't have the chance to see my wife and children. The holidays allowed us all to get together and go on a trip.
What are your memories of the World Cup in Russia?
I'm disappointed because we had the ambition to go further. This competition was difficult from the start. There were a lot of surprises. We finished second in our group and faced Uruguay in the Round of 16... It was a big disappointment. But it's still an extraordinary competition. There are no words to describe it, that's how amazing it is. It's brilliant to experience as a footballer. Despite being a substitute, I enjoyed myself. There's a great atmosphere everywhere, the stadiums are full. It's something sensational. It's a notch above the Euro.
Some words on your friends Nabil Fekir, Corentin Tolisso and Samuel Umtiti, who raised the trophy with France…
I'm very happy for them. On the whole of the competition, they totally deserve. It's a beautiful thing. I have friends who had the chance to raise theWorld Cup. On top of that, they're from Lyon, which is great.
Now you're back at Décines. What's in store for you these first days back?
The goal is to get back on my feet. There will be a lot of physical work for a few days apart from the group. I'll be back in the squad little by little. Maybe I'll be back on the pitch against Chelsea. I'm suspended for the first two league games, so it's necessary for Mathieu Gorgelin to play lots of games in a row and start the season with as much confidence as possible... I suffered a lot this morning. But it's normal for preseason. I have one month ahead of me to prepare for my first official match. I'll be ok.
There's plenty of excitement surrounding the Champions League this season. Are you looking forward to it?
We're motivated to be in the Champions League, we want to pass the group stage. We expect a lot from this competition both individually and collectively. We'll see what happens, but at OL we must have very high ambitions. If everybody's focused, everything will be fine.
Anthony Lopes going all out in the gym! 💪💥 pic.twitter.com/ULzF2gNsna— OL English (@OL_English) July 27, 2018