Juninho on OL Night System : "We must reach the winter break in the top six"
"It was a pleasure to be on the pitch. It's a special moment for me. I just want to say thank you. "
His new role
"I knew it was going to be difficult. Maybe not so much as this. I chose a young coach. It did not work out well and I lost some confidence. I communicate a little more with Rudi (Garcia). I have the confidence of all of the players. My role is to make these connections.
"Manchester has the first option if several clubs line up to buy him. But we have not received any offers so far. He is really happy right now in Lyon. He deserves the armband like others. Rudi (Garcia) will soon make his decision. He is a technical leader. We will discuss a contract extension by the end of the year.
OM-OL last Sunday
"We have the right to enter with our bus. There was an attacking handball before Thiago Mendes' foul. With the new rules, there is no penalty. Leo (Dubois) is fouled. There were six minutes of interruption. The ballboys did not return the balls properly. I do not want our supporters to do the same thing in the reverse. The refereeing did not help. We were in an environment in which it was difficult to perform. We are a young team. But the match is won on the field and we lacked personality, even when we had numerical superiority.
The Brazilian connection
« C’est un objectif. J’espère amener un Brésilien qui puisse marquer l’histoire du club comme avant. J’ai choisi Jean Lucas car je l’ai vu comme consultant. Sampaoli m’a confirmé que c’était un super joueur. On est en train de réfléchir pour d’autres joueurs. Mais on n’a pas de place dans l’effectif pour l’instant. Je travaille encore pour cela ».
The winter window
"We'll have a first meeting. Some have not had the expected level of play. Leaders in the locker room and on the field are missing. It's important to keep some important parts like Moussa (Dembélé). We must arrive at the winter break in the top six. And play the second half as a different season. The championship is very tight.
"I want to propose to Karim (Benzema) to finish his career with us. He has won everything. He is from here. And why not make an effort on his part to come back? I'm waiting for the right moment to talk with him. He will finish his career with us ».
"We do not have a team that defends together. We need humility. If we are not aware that without the ball, we must be more aggressive in the good sense of the word, we will get nowhere. That's why we're in 14th place today. We must change our attitude. "
Youngsters at the academy
"Young people are the DNA of the club. The priority is that the best players play. But we must also pay attention to their development. There are sometimes far too many expectations. We must not press them. Maxence (Caqueret) plays well in training. He has not received his chance yet. But we never forget the DNA of the club. We will find the balance.