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Rudi Garcia : "We're prepared for closed doors but aren't focused on it"

Published on 10 March 2020 at 8:26 AM
Rudi Garcia : « Se préparer pour le huis clos mais ne pas se focaliser dessus »
The Lyon coach, Rudi Garcia, spoke to the press room two days before facing Reims in Ligue 1 Conforama in somewhat unique conditions. The entire press conference can be found in full on OL Play.

Medical update

"Doubts will be resolved tomorrow on some players. Marçal is ready. We will wait to see for Moussa Dembélé, Houssem Aouar, Jason Denayer and Léo Dubois. They have rested and worked apart fro the rest of the squad. "


Playing behind closed doors

"Football is not meant to be played behind closed doors. It’s a spectacle. If it’s for a few matches for a precautionary principle, it’s understandable. But I hope it won't go on forever. We will play under special conditions. We will train in the same conditions at Groupama Stadium so that the players realize that we understand everything. It’s mentally important. We have to approach this game differently. But Reims will not be a training match for Juventus. There will not be the same standards of play. The environment will be very different ... It’s an advantage for the away team. It is up to us to show them the opposite. It all depends on the attitude of the two teams ... Nor should we be focused on a circumstance that will not be 100% decisive for the result. "


The league table

“All matches are important to hope to return to battling at the top of the table. My job is to remobilize the team, just like the top sides. I still believe in success because mathematically, it is still possible. The team's energy is fine. There has been a lot of tension and intensity in the last few games. It weighed on the players physically. We will have had time to recover within these last five days. "



“Reims are a challenging team which has taken points against all the big teams. They are fast, brave, very well organized and have a solid formation. We didn't win away, but we should have done as much. This team cannot go unnoticed. They are in their rightful place. This must improve our motivation and our desire to win. "


The trip to Turin

“There are bodies that make decisions and they must be respected. You have to trust in them. Things may change again by Tuesday. We should go to Italy on Monday. There will be different decisions depending on the situation. "


The postponement of the Coupe de la Ligue final

"Playing matches without an audience is not the aim of football. It will be much better to play with supporters, for sure. "


The young players

"They have had their chances. They have played a lot since my arrival. There is more competition in the midfield for Maxence Caqueret. For Amine Gouiri, there is offensive potential in this team. Rayan Cherki has made a place for himself. We'll see who's available tomorrow. I am very happy that the team has qualified in the Youth League. I wanted Rayan and Amine to go and play there. But the Youth League has nothing to do with a high-level professional match ... Anyone who has gone to Italy must take precautions. There have been  follow-ups with temperature-taking in particular. "

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