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Sylvinho: "I don't believe in an isolated captain, I want 3-4 leaders"

Published on 26 July 2019 at 12:00 PM
Sylvinho : « Je ne crois pas au capitaine isolé, j'ai besoin de 3-4 leaders  »
OL's coach spoke at a press conference to preview Sunday's Emirates Cup showdown with Arsenal.

Squad update

"It's easier when you have the entire group. Players are now able to play the matches. Lucas Tousart, Houssem Aouar and Moussa Dembélé will be playing and will play 45 minutes against Arsenal. I also told Joachim Andersen that he would play about twenty minutes after consulting with the medical staff. We need players to reach 60 minutes on the pitch this weekend. The goal is for my players to be able to play more and longer."


Transfer market

"The transfer window is still open. We are looking at our needs. Valentin Rongier? I know him, but maybe not as much as the club does. He is a great athlete."


Sunday's match vs. Arsenal

"We're facing a big opponent. The next two matches will be very special matches for us. These are high level tests for us, particularly on the technical level. It's a great team with very high level players. There will be a lot of intensity."


Getting his message across 

"The concepts are communicated to the players on a daily basis. It's a long process. I'm happy with their work, they have already assimilated the concepts. Players are attentive during videos, conversations, workouts. I repeat, it will be a very long job."


Season opener against Monaco

"I already have an idea of the team that will start. But football is very dynamic. I'm giving myself until the week before Monaco to think about it, but I already have an idea. The primary goal is qualifying for the Champions League. As for the rest, time will tell. We are a team under construction with a different way of working."


Nabil Fekir's departure 

"I don't know if he'll be replaced... It has been a great pleasure working with him. He has represented the club tremendously. I had the pleasure of meeting him. I like talent. He is a great player. I wish him all the happiness in the world, both professionally and personally. He wore the armband for two years. We are looking for players who can take on this leadership role in the squad."


The captaincy

"I don't believe in an isolated captain. There must be several players capable of being leaders to facilitate internal communication. There's not just one player who has to take on this role for 90 minutes on the pitch. I need three to four players. Some coaches prefer to have a captain in the heart of the game to facilitate communication. I'm a bit like that. This is an important decision. If I can't single out a single player, I won't do it. I still have a few days to decide. It doesn't matter who's captain, who gets the penalties... I believe in the team, in those who will break open a match or defend. The collective is important, not a number."


A reunion of sorts with Arsenal

"I will face Arsenal with great pride and emotion. I was the first Brazilian there and that was a great responsibility. I respect this great club. It will be a very beautiful day. This match will be important for our growth. I've traveled a lot during my career, I've discovered a lot of cultures. I have a great facility to learn, especially languages. I like this. All of this has made me stronger. I have a particular fondness for Arsenal because it was my first European club as a player. Arsène Wenger is a very great coach."

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