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Rudi Garcia: "We will have to be very demanding"

Published on 23 October 2020 at 12:30 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Il faudra être très exigeant »
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia spoke to the press on Friday morning just over 48 hours from hosting Monaco. The press conference can be found in full on OLPlay.

Medical update

“We have all the players back. We have doubts about Denayer's ability to play, we are awaiting further tests. He has a muscle problem with his knee. Everyone else is ready to go otherwise. Competition drives us forward individually and collectively. We had a very good week of training. We took it easy today. We did a double session on Wednesday with some very high intensity training. The team's investment is total. Now, we have to reproduce that in a match… When we have everyone available, we have a much more balanced squad. "


The win at Strasbourg

“We hope to have started a series of wins. When you win, things are more calm. We always have been calm about this because the way we played told us there was no reason we couldn't win matches. Sunday will be very demanding. We want to beat Monaco, a good team with attacking quality. It's a team that is also looking to find itself. They have a coach who has coached at big clubs. It’s an important match against a direct competitor. They like to have possession. We will have to continue to be realistic against an opponent of a caliber like Monaco but also manage certain moments in a better way. We were mentally strong after they came back into the match. The team kept their confidence and gave themselves some chances to make it 4-2. "


A first turning point with three big matches?

“The series ends with Monaco. There is no point in looking ahead any further. We only have one match a week. It will allow us to be fully fit physically, to give the best of ourselves. We owe it to ourselves to win this match. Our supporters will want to see us win."



“The answer always comes on the pitch. He was decisive in setting up Tino and Karl. Others have been too. Everyone is important. I have no doubts about the commitment of the players. He is playing a role whose nuances we must work on. He is a player capable of bringing others into play. There are players ahead of him on the pitch. We are working on all the relationships."


Lucas Paqueta

“I talked to him a lot about where he felt best on the pitch. He has a highly developed collective mindset. he is versatile. He's more suited to playing centrally. He can also play in wide areas, cutting inside, but he is not player who will go wide, who will play on the overlap. He has above average passing quality, he does not mind doing the defensive work. It’s nice for a coach. Aouar has played several matches on the left wing. He can play in several positions. The goal is to have a complementary team. Balance is fundamental."


The new recruits

“They are already well integrated. I really liked the appearances of everyone at Strasbourg, like De Sciglio. He can play centrally like he did at the end of the game. Technically, he is above the rest. He has a strong sense of the game. We have to get Benlamri up to standard physically, but he's a formidable warrior. He's generous, he's getting his fitness back. I am happy with his arrival and his involvement."


Using speed and deep passes

“The team was also built to press. When we are playing well together, we can collect balls and we have the quality to get forward. We will see if we can play against a low block, but we did not have more chances against Strasbourg than in previous matches."


Moussa Dembélé

"He is very important. We must be behind him. He's a part of the team. He must continue. It doesn't matter who starts, who finishes because there are five substitutions. The important thing is to be on top of your game physically, technically and psychologically to give your all. It is very important that everyone contributes their share."


Malo Gusto

“He has to go to the National 2 side because he has played very little. We had three right backs for 9 months, that was too many and we had more than one with Dubois before De Sciglio arrived, it was not enough. Malo must continue to work with us. He must learn the level, progress. He is very young. If he confirms what people think of him, he can become a very good OL player. We will make it work quietly. He is very attentive."










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