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Rudi Garcia : « Anthony Lopes will be absent »

Published on 24 January 2020 at 1:27 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Anthony Lopes devrait être forfait »
Two days before the Ligue 1 Conforama match against Toulouse FC at Groupama Stadium this Sunday at 3 p.m., OL coach Rudi Garcia spoke to the press.

Medical update

“Anthony Lopes will be absent. He injured his shoulder. We will see how the pain is day by day. According to the doctor, there is little chance that he can play on Sunday. It should be Ciprian Tatarusanu. "


A good start to 2020

"The year has started off pretty well. We wanted to qualify in the Cups and be in the final. We did it. The league now takes priority. The squad is happy and very serious when it comes to their work. The confidence factor is better. There is more risk-taking. The winter break did us well. The preparation, too, I think. We are better physically than we were in November and December. We will do everything to make it last. I like the state of mind. Everyone is playing for each other. We have to defend even better and be more experienced to manage both strong and weak times. "


The visit of Toulouse

“We are behind in the table. We absolutely have to beat Toulouse on Sunday. The danger is that anyone can give us a winner. We must not underestimate our opponent. It’s a tricky game. We have to adapt to the fixture list. There has to be an awareness of that. The staff is doing everything to keep the players at a maximum level of concentration. OL can be superior on the field if we show our true value ... We are among the poorest teams at home. With our 12th man, we can be much stronger. "


Karl Toko Ekambi

"He will be in the squad. I don't know if he will start the match. He has not trained since last Friday. He trained well yesterday. There was a bit of stress in joining a new group. But it’s easier when it’s after having qualified for a final. It’s a real satisfaction to have him join. "


The arrival of Tino Kadewere

“Tino Kadewere is here presently. This move should be concluded. He is the future. It is a very good initiative by the club to bring in a player like this. I urged my leaders to take only one attacking player so as not to halt the development of others. If Tino continues like this, he will arrive with us next season with full confidence. "


The transfer window

“We are in talks with Bruno Guimaraes. It's a move with a lot of potential, especially in his technical play and ability to break the lines. He is an intelligent player ... Lucas Tousart will stay. This is what I wanted. Everyone agrees that the Hertha will buy him and he will stay with us until the end of the season ... I would like to have a defender brought in. There are only three centre backs left. It's difficult to count on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, he hasn't played for a long time and that affects him. He's a player I love very much. We have a lot of mathces to play and I don't want to tinker too much. We'll see. Players know there can be competition. "


Amine Gouiri

"I discussed it with him. I found him a little below before coming on against Zenit. It was completely different afterwards and it's a good thing. He is smiling and determined. He wants to regain the level he had before the injury. He needs to play. I told him. He should be loaned out because there is no question of selling a player like this. It’s his choice, it’s up to him. "


Watch the entire press conference, live and on demand on OLTV and OL Play here

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