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Thiago Mendes: "Juninho has helped me a lot"

Published on 27 January 2021 at 12:45 PM
Thiago Mendes : «  Juninho m'a beaucoup aidé »
Thiago Mendes spoke to the press today, two days before the match against Bordeaux. The entire conference can be found on OLPlay.

The difference compared to last season

"Perhaps it's the daily work, the squad has given me a lot of confidence, I am getting back to the level I had in Lille and I must continue on this path. I arrived here with a lot of weight on my shoulders, I was a player that we had bought at great expense - that pressure did not help me and every time something went wrong I would question myself, I was not happy. I've spoken with Juninho, my wife and the players and I understood that I had to pick myself up and keep working to get back to my best level."


His current state of mind

"I feel very good at the moment, but I do not feel like an undisputed starter, I work every day in training, because there are excellent players in our midfield, every day I give my best to be able to continue to be in the eleven. I feel comfortable on the pitch, I am happy and available to the manager no matter where I play. You always have to work hard to maintain your place in the team; I've fought to regain that place."


The influence of Juninho

“We talked a lot together, even when things were not going well, I even told him that I wanted to leave but he didn't want that to happen. He has helped me a lot, he told me that he had confidence in me and that I had to pick myself up, that is what I did and today I am reaping the fruits of this work."


The match against Bordeaux

“Against Bordeaux we will all have to work hard and give our best of ourselves and play at 100% to bring back a positive result. Our team has only one goal, and that is to win, you always have to think of taking it one game at a time, and for the moment we are only thinking of Bordeaux."











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