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Rudi Garcia: "Being focused to ensure that the hierarchy is respected"

Published on 01 February 2021 at 1:39 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Être concentré pour faire respecter la hiérarchie »
The Lyon coach, Rudi Garcia, gave a a press conference two days before the trip to Dijon for the 23rd Matchday of Ligue 1. Watch the press conference in full on OLPlay.

Medical update

“Jason Denayer is injured. There is a need for further examinations to determine the length of his absence. He's better today in how he's walking. Everyone is available otherwise… Lucas Paqueta is fine. He took a big knock against Bordeaux. We rested him. He trained normally today. He is 100%. Djamel Benlamri is also back in the squad."


Three matches in six days

“The matches are going to come quickly, hence the importance of being physically fit and having everyone available. Everyone should be focused, this is the most important. We are only focused on Dijon. We are play the second to last side, but it can still be a very difficult match. We have to be very focused and we have to record a third win in a row to continue to be in the top three. It will be difficult. Dijon lost to Lille but had a very good second half and could have earned a point… Paris' defeat in Lorient is a good example. We will have to be at our best to take three points. Playing matches one after the other is no joke. It’s the next match that counts and it’s true. It is not useful to try to predict what will happen with the following ones. I hope my squad is safe from being distracted. There is always an opponent in front of us, we're always play teams that have quality."


Playing away behind closed doors

“There are more points being earned on the road. There is less pressure from the fans on opposing teams or on the referees. We are only men and that necessarily plays a role. We would prefer to play with supporters."



“They’re a strong team. I would be very happy to come back to Dijon on a personal level. I still know quite a few people. There is no sentiment to be had on the pitch, though -- we want to ensure that the hierarchy is respected ... In terms of our physical freshness, we should logically be better."




How the substitutes made a difference against Bordeaux

" Its very important. They brought us dynamism and freshness. It can weigh on an opponent."


Léo Dubois

“He's a modern full-back who combines good positioning and technical play. It’s not for nothing that he’s a French international. He has a very good right foot, he is very precise. He can score magnificent goals like in Lorient. He had been a little bothered by physical issues and that's no longer the case. He's working really well and he's in top form. He is one of the leaders of the group. He is intelligent and collective-minded. It’s important to have players like that."


Scoring from set pieces

“We have internal statistics. We knew we were among the teams in a good position in terms of shots from set pieces. We had to be more efficient with those shots and more precise in our attempts. We must continue like this. We have seen that this can allow us to gain points ... We have set a lot of goals since the start of the year."


Being in second place

“There should be only three sides left in the race for the podium. This is not yet the case, though; Monaco is still there. It’s too early to tell. Paris remains the team with the greatest potential. The table says that the favorite is Lille. We'll see if that changes. There are a lot of things that can still change ... The success that we didn't have at the start of the season is there. We are the team that have had the most shots."


Sinaly Diomande

“He is the central defender of the future for OL. He did very well to come on against Bordeaux. He was involved in both goals. He is still very young. He learns from coming on -- he imposes himselfin the duels, he is determined. He must continue to develop. He can play anywhere in the back four and even in midfield. He must perfect his tactical nous."











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