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Rudi Garcia : "Marcelo has character and leadership"

Published on 01 February 2020 at 1:12 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Marcelo a du caractère, du leadership »
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia spoke to the press at Groupama OL Training Center to answer questions 24 hours before the match in Nice. Watch the entire press conference on OL Play.

Medical update

"Anthony Lopes trained yesterday with the goalkeepers. He's going to do a normal session today. We will see how is feeling. We'll see for Sunday. We have concerns with Maxwel Cornet's back. We'll see if he can train. Joachim Andersen has a little knee problem. Fernando Marçal took a knock. Martin Terrier is absent. I don't know which players I can use. Some young players people could join the squad. "


The second trip to Nice

“Nice will want to win, but so will we. We must put results together to move up the table. The result by Rennes will push us to do everything to win. We have enough motivation. We know it's hard to win in Nice. There will be changes to the team from Thursday to bring freshness. "


The mood of the group

“These victories serve the team. They make one want to win again. We are undefeated in 2020 and it is an additional motivation to remain so. Everyone plays and therefore everyone is concerned. "


A busy fixture list

“All of the matches are important. If the month of February goes well, we will have made good progress in all the competitions. There are still a lot of matches left. We are far from it being a sprint. We have to be able to continue like this. "


The timing of OL-OM in the Coupe de France

"About the press release from the day before? All that is logical and common sense, I am for it. And this release is logical and common sense. The board takes care of that. If we have to play on a Wednesday we will be ready. "


Moussa Dembélé

“When you have a striker who scores in every game, it's best to leave him on the field. We are trying to keep him fresh. If it goes on like this, that's great. "



"I discovered him when I arrived. I found a player with character, leadership. This is what I saw from the outside. He represents a fighting spirit, desire. I made up my own mind about him. He answered the call each time. There are not many players in central defense. He is very good. His reconciliation with the supporters is something powerful. I am happy. We are all together. He always gives it all for the badge. It's motivating to know that everyone is behind you. He does not change, he motivates the team. He's a warrior. He has a lot of strengths on the pitch. "


The transfer window

"Until the last moment we looked for a central defender but there was no point in taking a player who was not as good as what we have. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has returned to the competition. Youngsters Diomandé and Kalulu also show that we can count on them. We needed an attacking player and it was important to get a player like Karl Toko Ekambi. He has had an impressive start. In midfield, we had this opportunity to sign Bruno Guimaraes. It was also good to keep Lucas Tousart until the end of the season. He had a good game on Thursday. The armband was a message for a player who has OL in his heart. There was also the opportunity to recruit Camilo, who will be able to play at the start with the reserves. We will take stock of the transfer window again at the end of May. "


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