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Rudi Garcia : "We have to have confidence in the players"

Published on 07 February 2020 at 2:30 PM
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Before the big match to conclude the 24th matchday of Ligue 1 Conforama between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais, Rudi Garcia gave a press conference to discuss the news with the media.

Medical update

"Léo (Dubois) is back with the group isn't ready for Paris obviously. He needs to perfect his training with the group. We are getting back Rafael and Marçal who were suspended. Maxwel (Cornet) is a little bit sick, we hope that it will be fine. "


The match against PSG

"We have to be more fluid in Paris. We have to be able to use the ball better without giving it away too easily, as we did against Amiens. We must be very inspired to play simply and quickly. Our goal is to get a result and therefore play with the ball, eliminating unnecessary touche that slow us down and prevent us from making the right choices. PSG have been scoring a lot of goals against everyone at the moment, no matter the opponent. We are going toe-to-toe with the division's leader and a team built to win the Champions League. Paris is still alive in this competition, like us. We have to see how we will react and see if we can manage to adapt. . "


The team's situation

"Six days ago we praised the team and the results. We should have come back with another result from Nice. The match against Amiens was a poor performance which did not see us go up thetable. We are lacking points. By beating Nantes, who were 4th, and eliminating Lille in the Coupe de la Ligue, we have seen see that we can beat the big guys. We are OL and we will do everything to be up to the challenge. In football, when you don't win matches, you ask yourself a lot of questions. You have to trust the players, be behind them and push them. There is no reason why you should not do otherwise. Before thinking about Marseille (in the Coupe de France next midweek), all the players are focused on the match against Paris because we dropped points in the league against Amiens. "


What to do against PSG

"We will have to be solid in addition to using the ball well. Antho (Lopes) will have to make saves also to help the team. We must take inspiration from what Amiens did because they pressed and were happy to get a result. This is the way to approach the match on Sunday. You have to be ready to be united and combative. We will have to use the ball well because we will certainly not have possession. We have to do our best with our means of the moment, which are very interesting this calendar year. The big matches will follow one after another but we also do this job for that, to play against big teams and play in the Champions Leagye. We know they are better than we and favorites but football is such that in a match, anything can happen. We will give everything we have. We would be well advised to come back with at least a draw from Paris. Let us not forget that we have one of the youngest squads in the league. It's this kind of match against Paris that will allow some of them to grow. "


Moussa Dembélé

"Moussa (Dembélé) has had a very impressive run of performances. Even Messi and Ronaldo do not score in every game. He is young and still needs to improve but he is very good."


Karl Toko Ekambi

"Karl (Toko Ekambi) knows Ligue 1 well, he is a French-speaking player. We knew that the adaptation time would be quick. He fit the characteristics we were looking for. He can play in all three attacking positions. He has already scored several times. For the moment, he fully meets expectations. He quickly integrated into the group. "


Rayan Cherki

"Rayan (Cherki) was dynamic and went to win back the ball against Amiens, it's a nice thing. When we lose Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide, it makes space for the youngsters to step up, so if they are good, it's normal that they can express themselves on the pitch. "


Jean-Michel Aulas

"The president is more than important in the club, it is very understandable. I am delighted to hear him say positive things about me, of course. He is always there to protect the players and the staff. It's always interesting to have someone who is not daily with the group but who understands things through his experience. "

Watch Rudi Garcia's press conference in full on OLPLAY here

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