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Rudi Garcia: "To give our best for the colors that we wear"

Published on 22 January 2021 at 12:04 PM
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Two days before the derby in Saint-Etienne, Lyon coach Rudi Garcia spoke to journalists to answer their questions. The entire press conference can be found on OLPlay.

Medical update

“Houssem Aoaur and Maxwel Cornet are doubts with muscle issues. We will know more soon. "


The derby

“It's a match that comes like any other. There is a lot of expectation around this game. We regret that there are no fans. It's not the same without them. But that doesn't change the fact that we want the three points. We only want to resume our forward progress. There is no favorite in a derby. We will do everything to win ... Getting ahead in terms of the historical record is always good. Let's play this derby hard like we should."


Sainté's absences

“We're getting ready to play on Sunday. We have to stay focused. We do not make the rules; they are the same for everyone. I'm not here to talk about that... I'd rather they had all their players available, that they had all their strength. Regardless of the how the teams line up, it will be a hard-fought and difficult game to win. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a weakened team. History has shown it. A derby brings a lot of desire and motivation. Anyone can play well. They've suffered a bit of late, so this return to action comes quickly. We expect a determined opponent. They will have homegrown players, and we will also have some. The derby is much more felt by the players trained at the club. Sometimes it can make things complicated. Our young players are all from the area."


Playing without Lucas Paqueta

“This can influence the tactical system. We'll see if we have Aouar or not. We should not minimize the team's good performance before the arrival of Paqueta even if he brings something else to the team with his left foot, his technique, his fighting spirit... We will have to find other solutions. But I have complete confidence in the players who can replace him."


Anthony Lopes

“We need to leave him alone. He is starting to do well. There are personal boundaries at the moment. He does his job and he does it well. These are false polemics, you have to fill the papers. He could have come to the press conference to see you but because of this media nonsense, we preferred to leave him alone. One has to be calm, on the pitch and in the game. It's all that matters."


Support from the fans

“It's good that they get together before the game. They had done the same in the reverse fixture. It gives us a boost. We want to give our best for the colors that we wear."


The lack of offensive efficiency against Metz

“We have to recreate the chances from which we did not score. We must put the positives into people's minds."










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