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Rudi Garcia : "We want to send our supporters to the Stade de France"

Published on 20 January 2020 at 3:41 PM
Rudi Garcia : « On a envie d’emmener nos supporters au Stade de France »
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia spoke to a press conference on the eve of the semifinal of the BKT Coupe de la Ligue against Lille. The entire conference can be found on OL Play.

Medical update

"Bertrand Traore has complained of a muscle twinge. Houssem Aouar has had a little problem with his adductors. But both should be okay for tomorrow ... I'm in touch with Memphis. He is fine. The bottom line is that rehabilitation is going well. There are many reasons why he was injured, not just after the Leipzig match. He has found his smile. We recover better when we are positive. "


One match from a final

"The desire is there. The players want to send their supporters to the Stade de France. For that, Lille will have to be beaten… Reconciliation with the fans is crucial. We are playing at home, and it must be beneficial to the team. We have to be stronger. "


The team's current form

"We feel that there is more confidence. We are winning with style, we score a lot of goals. Players are rewarded for their efforts, this is important. The main thing is to score one more goal than the opponent. When that is the case, everything is fine. We have one of the best defenses in the league; the Cups have been different. I want to see my team play like this; everyone plays for each other. There are no players trying to avoid responsibility. The team has figured out how to build its play together. "


The transfer window advances

“Everything comes into account in our thinking. We are still in four competitions. There will be many matches. We must strengthen quantitatively. Developing our youngsters is also a parameter to take into account ... It would be very good to conclude with a player like Karl Toko-Ekambi. "


Rayan Cherki

“He is focused on the collective. He performed his defensive duties. It was an incredible display. It showed him that doing that didn't stop him from being decisive. I can't ask young people to play in all the matches. It would be dangerous for their development. I also need to allow Rayan to rest. If we hadn’t had the emergence of Rayan and Maxence, we would have been in trouble… One has to be attentive and make the best choices for him and for the team. Truly ambidextrous players at this point are very rare. This is an added advantage ... He has good people around him, he is a polite, attentive and hardworking player. The danger is to think that he is already the best player on the planet. "


A busy fixture list

"The performances of the players show that we are physically good. There are no dips during the match and we finish well. "

Watch Rudi Garcia's press conference in full on OL Play here

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