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Rudi Garcia : "We are in the home stretch"

Published on 15 July 2020 at 8:48 PM
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On the eve of the launch of the Veolia Trophy and a first match for OL against Rangers FC, Rudi Garcia held a press conference to discuss the team's next matches.

Looking at the squad

“There is a little uncertainty for Maxwel Cornet and Tino Kadwere. We will know more this afternoon. It's not a big deal. Memphis and Reine-Adelaide need match play, but all of the players need it. They lack the relationships with their partners. They trained with the others. They had major injuries but they did not waste that much time… There are many players who will participate in the matches in the Veolia Trophy. Yaya Soumare and Modeste Duku have returned to the National 2 team. They worked well. Melvin Bard is still with us even if we have a lot of options in this position ... The squad is very good, we did not have any injuries. Marçal has returned well and is back in action. We have worked well together. The players offered up a lot of intensity. The players have expressed a Champions League level of intensity in the last training sessions. "


The Veolia Trophy

“I want to test things, different combinations but of course give playing time. We are entering the final stretch before the return to competition. We have no more time to waste. It’s good to play these kinds of matches. You have to adapt. This is a great tournament with these prestigious Scottish teams. These are real opponents. They don’t know about friendlies so it’s good for us. I hope the players will realize that we have to be ready otherwise we will be surprised. "


The fans' return

"I understand that the 5,000 spectator number will not budge. I'm thinking of the Coupe de la Ligue final. I wish I could bring our supporters to the Stade de France. It’s a disappointment. I do not know if it is a good decision but it is a shame to play a final in these conditions ... The nursing staff will be able to attend our match tomorrow. It is a very good thing. 5000 is not much in such a big stadium. "


First assessment of the preseason friendlies

“The players have obviously heard my instructions. We played to win in the first two matches with high pressure, intensity. We did not give up, perhaps except at the end of the match against Nice. We will have to look deep inside to reach match intensity and be ready for competition. All this is worked out during training and these matches ... I really liked the team's defensive focus. "


The departures

“We have lost three players for the two competitions. It is not good news. It can not be helped. This is particularly true for Lucas Tousart. Amine Gouiri has not been used much so there is no consequence for him. There were too many options in attack. It was a good opportunity to sell Martin Terrier. We are experiencing some departures but that’s the lot of coaches. I have a lot of options in the attacking third. We are working to strengthen the defensive side of the team ... It is important that this squad does not change before the end of the competitions. "


Returning to competition

"We are concentrating on the Coupe de la Ligue final because it is the first match to be played. We will do everything to qualify as well in Turin. There is a lot of pressure on the quarterfinal. This is also why we play this competition. We still have the impression that Juve are not doing as well. But they are now even more points ahead (in Serie A). They didn't lose and were able to outrun Lazio. They are quietly heading for one more title. This shows the quality of this team. "


Precuationary measures

“Our staff reviews the rules, they are right. We are glad that the players have espected the measures. They were careful. We must continue to be because we are going to travel, especially in Belgium. We must also be careful in our respective lives to avoid contamination. "

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