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Rudi Garcia: Above all we must not fall asleep

Published on 20 November 2020 at 1:30 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Surtout ne pas s'endormir »
Two days before the trip to Angers, the Lyon coach spoke to journalists. The entire conference can be found on OLTV and OLPLay.

Medical update

“With the exception of the suspended Cornet and Toko Ekambi, everyone should be available, with varying degrees of fatigue -- this must be taken into account. We are paying close attention to their fitness. There is also the return from Uruguay of Lucas Paqueta and Bruno Guimaraes. They need to work with the jet lag. Fortunately, we play Sunday. They should come back to 100% ... Houssem Aouar does not have 90 minutes in his legs. He has been working on his own. We don't want him to pressure him too soon. He has to be watched, but he is back with the squad today."

 

The team's current form

“We are trying to put the players back in the psychological mindset needed for the league. We pretended we had just played the derby with a video session. The mood is good, the players are training well at high intensity. It will also be a matter of mental attitude. I have leaders to call on if needed. We have a team that can beat anyone. We have to put together a good run. We must take advantage of our current form."

 

The midfielders' form

“Competition is good for everyone. It forces players to do more and not take their position for granted. This is good for a coach. It's hard to be at 100% all season long so it's good to have more options. Bruno was extraordinary when he arrived in a defensive midfield position to streamline our style of play, then, he performed a little less well. One must not have a short memory. He is an excellent player. The return of Thiago Mendes and the arrival of Paqueta are positive for the competition for places. They've brought something else. All of the players are important."

 

The internationals' return

“There is no player who plays a match with his club not to win it. When they're on international duty, that's another context. It's good for them to play high-stakes matches. I am sometimes in contact with the trainers. I thank the Belgian one for having handled the case of Jason Denayer intelligently. It is good that they take the interests of the club into account because they are also those of the player and therefore of the country. There is no problem with things mentally in this regard."

 

The trip to Angers

"They are a well-trained, cohesive, well-organized team capable of scoring goals. They are not very far from us. They should not be underestimated. Winning in Angers is not easy. They will be very motivated. The big difficulty for us will be not to listen to what is said because we are favored to be the winner. There is no easy match, we must not fall asleep."

 

Jason Denayer

“He is an important player for his country. He plays the most in central defense compared to the other defenders. He has all the qualities to play as part of a two or a three. He is very good at reading the game. He must continue to improve. Belgium has a lot of quality. They will be a contender for the Euros. They have never been so strong... I am very happy with Sinaly Diomande. We have also seen that Djamel Benlamri will be able to help us when he is at 100%."

 

Mattia De Sciglio

“He has a lot of experience. You just have to watch him in practice to see he's a complete player. I've been much more calm since he arrived. He brings competition. He can play on the left, right without a problem, he can also play in the middle. He was in quarantine for two weeks. I liked his substitute appearances, especially in Strasbourg. We have seen how useful he could be. Melvin Bard was held back a bit by his injury. There is a battle between the two."

 

Rayan Cherki

“He would have come on in the derby if the score had remained at 1-0 for a few more minutes. We are making him work, bringing him along. We have explained to him what is expected of him. We can count on him to be decisive. He must continue to work on his movement, his positioning, his defensive workrate. He must give more guarantees to the coach. He is only 17 years old. It’s a pleasure to work with him because he is asking to play all the time. I'm sure he'll come back soon and help us… We have scrimmages during the week for those who play less. There is a session reserved for the young players because they need to train more."

 

The big match between PSG and OL in D1 Arkema

"We are fully behind the team and the staff of Jean-Luc Vasseur. This is the match I will be watching tonight."

 

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