Thiago Mendes: "Juninho has helped me a lot"
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."