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Rudi Garcia: "We must be at 100% of our capacity"

Published on 08 January 2021 at 5:00 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Il faut qu'on soit à 100% de nos capacités»
On the eve of the trip to Rennes, Rudi Garcia answered questions from journalists. The full press conference can be found on OLTV and OLPLay.

Medical update

“Léo Dubois is dealing with a calf injury. We'll know more later, we'll see how he feels. I do not know more. Chances are we have Karl Toko Ekambi. We'll have to see how he feels. There is also the return of Marcelo. Bruno Guimaraes is still absent, as are Moussa Dembélé and Ozkaçar. Bruno is working in Brazil. It will take six weeks for Moussa. We will wait for the instructions from the surgeon and the doctor. He's been running for two days. We've spared him here. We were waiting for the green light from the doctors. You have to do this with one of the most important players. We prefer to be careful, we'll see. If there are players who want to leave, they will have to be replaced."

 

A big match against Rennes

"Stade Rennais played in the Champions League, they are a team aiming for the podium, so they are a direct competitor. Possession isn't that important, it's how you use it. The main thing is to create chances in all situations. We have to be at 100% and give our all. This should increase our desire to keep our position tenfold. We want to keep our unbeaten streak going against a direct competitor. We have to be at 100% of our current abilities and being in first place increases tenfold our ability to be motivated."

 

The coach's fears

"We fear the hype -- praise weakens men -- as they say; we must put things in perspective. I think the players know that. We have to stay focused, a very difficult game awaits us, we absolutely want to keep our unbeaten streak going."

 

What changed from the first part of the season

"It was the end of the summer transfer window, the fact that we had a definitive team, the fact of keeping Memphis and Houssem Aouar, the arrival of Lucas Paqueta, of having an attack with 3 real attackers, the return of Thiago Mendes, the arrivals of Benlamri and De Sciglio etc. All this means that we found a cruising speed; it was excellent. The youngsters also are pushing for a place in the team, and those who have played have had very good matches. We have a well-balanced group, which works well and which wants to continue the great adventure that we are experiencing at the moment. Everyone is very involved, everyone is important. Confidence is very important, a player who is not confident is not the same. Collective trust also gives the team cohesion, which must be maintained."

 

On Martin Terrier

"I wish he had stayed, but he's a great player, he played in the Champions League. We will still warmly greet him off the pitch, but we will do everything to prevent him from doing good things against us."

 

The Coupe de France

“The beauty of this cup is that it is open to all clubs. I was part of the amateur footballing world and it was always a source of pride to face the professional clubs. It would be disappointing not to do so. We will see how it goes."

 

 

 

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