Rudi Garcia: "Important to work hard for our supporters"
“The whole squad is here. We hope De Sciglio can be in the squad tomorrow. Marcelo will unfortunately be suspended for the derby ... A first choice eleven has emerged because we won twice in a row and had a good matchgame in Lille. It was good to send a message to the starters but that doesn't mean that the other players aren't important. It is better to have a problem of selection like this than the other way around. That doesn't mean it won't be the same team. I'm also thinking about rotation. We have a lot of players in midfield, a lot of quality."
The current form of the two teams
“It's dangerous to think like this because everyone thinks we've already won. This is the great danger of not playing because you listen too much to what is being said. We want to win to extend the our unbeaten run. We will only continue in this way if we play at 100% in all areas, and we are not taking that as a given. We are lucky to be Lyonnais, in having this motivation. It’s also my role to tell the players that we must not do less. We have to be able to be good at playing between the lines as well as being efficient, because that is what has changed in the past few weeks."
Last season's derby
“It’s one of my best memories. Winning a derby in such an atmosphere is memorable, like the Juventus game. It will be a different context. We've received a lot of letters of encouragement, and we posted them. It's important to play for fans, to work hard for them… This derby is one of the matches that counts in the French league. The unique thing about French football is that it does not have several clubs in a city. Each one fights for their own area."
Playing behind closed doors
"It's not the same football, one just can't get used to that. Without the atmosphere, we have to win the battle through our communication. We have to encourage ourselves to push against the opponent, to generate collective strength. A soundtrack could be a good idea at Groupama Stadium. Nothing will replace the supporters in the stadiums."
“The team started well and now they are not doing so well. The only thing that matters is winning and moving up the table, regardless of the opponent. Even if it is a particular opponent ... Claude Puel is never better than in facing difficulty. You can count on him to motivate his squad. It's up to us to be present and to play to our best."
The French clubs' performances in the Champions' League
"We just want to get back to playing in it. I hope the French clubs will come back from this. We also saw the quality of Lille. It makes the point we got there that much more important. The clubs play for themselves but also for France, to earn points towards the UEFA coefficient. "
Houssem Aouar not being selected for France
“I am disappointed for him. He deserved it. He was decisive in the last few matches. I found him to be motivated, not dejected by the decision and ready to work for his club to get back into the reckoning. Houssem can be invaluable for the French team." *This press conference was conducted prior to Houssem Aouar's being called up as an injury replacement for Nabil Fekir.
“He is precious in the game. He is generous, good in terms of his movement. He can also help defensively, on set pieces. The forwards have a free role and have the opportunity to cut inside. He's a good guy, I'm happy for him. The competition for places is tough."
La charnière Benlamri – Diomande
« La charnière a été à la hauteur à Lille. Sinaly a pris confiance. Il avait fait un bon match contre Monaco. Je l’avais trouvé crispé en fin de match. On a fait de la vidéo avec lui. Il est encore perfectible mais il est à l’écoute. La matière première est impressionnante. Il faut bosser tactiquement. On a fait un travail particulier avec lui. C’étaient les première minutes de Djamel Benlamri. Il a tenu avec les qualités qu’on lui connaît. Il a été excellent dans ses interventions et ses relances. Il a transpiré la combativité et il a été contagieux dans cela. C’est une satisfaction. Je découvre l’homme, il est un peu réservé mais c’est un garçon intelligent, qui va aider les plus jeunes. Il peut servir de grand frère. On avait besoin d’un joueur capable de mettre le pied et aider Marcelo dans ce domaine-là. les associations fonctionnent. »