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Bruno Genesio: "Nabil Fekir could play the last 20-25 minutes against Reims

Published on 15 August 2018 at 12:20 PM
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Lyon's head coach faced the media two days before Friday's visit to Stade Reims in Match Day 2 of Ligue 1 Conforama.

Injury report

Fernando Marçal is still receiving treatment for his calf injury. He is the only one absent due to injury. Anthony Lopes will serve the last match of his suspension.

Nabil Fekir news

A decision hasn't been made yet. We'll wait until tomorrow after training and talk about it. I want to listen to his feelings to know if he can be in the group. It's important that he's ready to last this whole season for us. We must first think about his health and his performance over time. If he's in the group, he'll give us a hand in the last 20-25 minutes

Mathieu Gorgelin's performances

Satisfactory - more than satisfactory, I'd say. He has been very good and reassuring in the last two games. He wasn't really tested against Amiens but handled the few situations that came his way very well. He was reassuring when playing the ball out and in the way he managed the match... It's been annoying for Anthony Lopes not to be able to play all this time, although he appeared in the friendly match against Chelsea.

Things to improve

Having a match on Friday made the week go by quickly. We watched a lot of videos. We must have a more vertical game, even against a defensive opponent. This depends on the playmakers... Memphis has the ability to play deep balls. He, along with Lucas Tousart, was the most active last week against Amiens. We need to see more of this.

Friday's match vs. Reims

There's reason to think it will be similar to the match against Amiens. Reims allowed Nice to control possession. They knew how to take advantage of the counter and were solid defensively. They are a fast team... It's increasingly difficult to win matches because all teams are well prepared physically and tactically. Ball possession is no longer a guarantee for winning matches. You have to be 100% focused.


He allows us to unlock certain situations or secure results at the end of matches. I think he's improved a lot since arriving at OL, especially in his consistency. He is a world class player. He's a difference maker, and that's what's required from this type of player. He needed time to regain confidence after a busy season at Manchester. He also questioned himself, he worked hard, made sacrifices for the team. And now he's being rewarded

Central defense

We need to sign a central defender. We are at the mercy of an injury or a suspension... We must sign a player who suits us ... Ruben Dias? I like his style of play.

Transfer market

There are things we wanted to do and didn't do, and things we didn't want to do and ended up doing. It's the reality of a football club. We have needs, but we must also take into account the context. Myziane had expressed the wish to leave... Many things can still happen before August 31 ... Maxwel Cornet's future? I've had many discussions with the president about this.