The Lyon coach gave a pre-match press conference today to discuss, in particular, the visit from Metz this Sunday. The entire press conference can be found on OLTV and OLPlay.
“Bruno Guimaraes is back, as is Ozkaçar. They are far from their best, but that's okay. Bruno still has some tests to do, but that makes sense. He will be in the squad. I am happy to see him back again with us. Islam Slimani is doing well. He won't have 90 minutes left but he should be ready for Metz. This is good news after the departure of Moussa Dembélé. Léo Dubois is doing well. He had been rested in the last match. He trained normally this week."
The arrival of Slimani
“He's different from the forwards we have. He will certainly be a better presence in the air than the others, offensively and defensively. He will also bring his ability to bring others into play. The pair he formed with Ben Yedder performed very well. Like Djamel, he will bring us in terms of willpower motivation, I am very happy to welcome him. We have a really motivated player and he will help us in our goal of getting back into the Champions League. He will be able to play in one of the three attacking positions, plus he knows the French league well."
The match against Metz
"They are a good team, able to outsmart their opponents. They're solid, they don't concede a lot of goals. They have a good level of physicality - they're a tough team to play against. To be sure to stay first, we have to win. We know what to do on Sunday. They've changed tactical systems since the reverse fixture. They can offer other ways of playing as well. Our opponents fear us and want to take down the league leader. We saw this in Rennes -- the opponents adapt to our way of playing. "
The current run of form
“The players are trying things and they have to that's good. This run can also allow them to have the clarity that comes with with confidence. I have to make sure that we don't fall asleep, that we aren't settling for less. If we had been more wasteful in Rennes we wouldn't have got a result. We lost two points. We must quickly start over with a winning run. That’s the attitude of a team that wants to win every game. You can't have to wait until you are 2-0 down to put the necessary ingredients back on the pitch. We conceded two goals, it's not enough to play that way. We need to be more determined, especially in our collective play -- this is my role as coach."
The result against Rennes -- an accident?
“The verdict is in. Being in first gives you responsibilities. You have to stay rigorous, focused and consistent in matches."
The derby next week
“Everyone has their minds on Metz. Playing in a week's time helps us to stay focused on Metz."