Houssem Aouar : "I want to bring Olympique Lyonnais back to its rightful place"
After the match, it was complicated mentally. Conceding so many goals hurts. But we realize that we have done more than enough to compete with them eleven against eleven. The sending off hurt us. Now we have to forget about it and focus on the next game which is crucial. It will help us in the future to know that we should not let go at ten. In the future, we will have to manage our matches better. But we are now looking into the future.
The fixture list
We are at a club where we have to play every three days. The mind has to be ready for the job. We are recovering well and I hope we will be ready on Sunday. We can perhaps come back with three points against this team. It’s an essential match like the ones after it, against Reims and Rennes. Winning against Juventus has motivated us of course. We are playing better and we more in the opposing half. We have had a tendency in the past to relax, so above all we should not be too proud of ourselves and continue working. The podium is mathematically possible. We are confident and involved in the game. Everyone believes in the team. We have a lot of things to focus on: the podium, eliminating a great team from Europe and going for a trophy.
Bruno has an importance in the team game. He shows a lot of himself a lot between the lines and does not hesitate to make efforts. He’s an important player on the team. It’s always fun to play with a player like that. The fact that he’s playing as a holding midfielder means that I don’t have to drop down the pitch to get the ball. He tends to move forward. It’s the whole style of play in the team's game that is getting smoother thanks to him.
I try to be as decisive on the pitch as in the statistics. I’m still having trouble talking about myself but I’m going to keep bringing a little more to my team. I want to bring Olympique Lyonnais back to its rightful place.
The French National Team
There are very important matches ahead for the team, I’m focused on that. The matches against Lille and against Juventus are in my head in particular. There are French midfielders who are very short of playing time or injured but I am above all focused on what I can bring to my club.
LOSC - OL
Lille are a great team in the championship. We often find it difficult to deal with them, as is the case in the opposite direction. We are going to go there with a lot of ambition and desire but with a lot of humility. Confidence and determination have been seen in our play lately. We will work hard to achieve our objectives.
Lucas TousartLucas does us a lot of good. He's a player with a lot of drive. He always does well for the other midfielders, it's a very good level of complementarity among the three of us.
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