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Rudi Garcia: "Be more consistent throughout the match"

Published on 02 March 2021 at 5:00 PM
Rudi Garcia : « Être plus régulier tout au long du match »
Rudi Garcia appeared to answer journalists' questions on the eve of hosting Stade Rennais on Matchday 28 in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. -- the entire press conference can be found on OLPLay.

The second half in Marseille

“There is no physical impact. We have to be more consistent because it's an endurance race. We must not drop points. We must also be more consistent over the course of a match. It's a question of the team's attitude. We must not concede chances to our opponent closer to the goal. I am not trying to make some deep analysis. We stopped playing in Marseille. We can no longer be at a standstill, we must continue to get involved, stay fluid, and keep things simple. We have educated the players on this matter. We have to show that we are making progress."

 

Rotation

“It's important to rely on a sense of understanding on the pitch. Because of their training, the substitutes must also enter into this sense of understanding. You can't always be at 100%, but we must try to have a squad at 100%. You have to have everyone. Having missing players can be detrimental to the team's progress, even if everone has a chance to play. We must not forget that our forwards are among the league's top scorers. Tino Kadewere offers possibilities to his teammates. There is no permanent place for anyone -- the front three have worked well and you can't have a short memory… We have to see if we need to put some fresh blood into the team. You have to work for the collective, too be able to score or to help create chances."

 

The mood around the team

“The players are anything but stupid. They know what they are doing well or are doing poorly. You just have to make them realize that you have to be at 100% and not slack off at any time."

 

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The title race

“We can still finish top if we win all our matches. The defeat against Metz is costly, though, for example. Winning tomorrow is very important because we did not know how to press the reset button in Marseille ... PSG are the champions, they are built to win the Champions League. We will see if that logic is borne out at the end of the season."

 

A visit from Rennes

“Rennes are on a poor run of form. They're a team that has good players and that put us under pressure in the reverse fixture. We finished the match very well there. We will take that into account. We absolutely want to win at home. Our away record has been decent in recent matches, but the results at home have been a bit of a drag… Possession isn't everything. We should not focus on that. You have to use it well, that's what you have to do. When you're in a good run of form and you're scoring, you have to be able to score again. We want to put the result to bed so as to finish the match more serenely."

 

The presence of former Lyon players

“We don't take that into account. We cannot be concerned about that. We know there are good players. Rennes has qualities but is in trouble at the moment. It doesn't matter what's happening for the other side."

 

The absence of Lucas Paqueta

"It changes things. I hope he is only suspended for one game. He was hard done by on the first yellow card. It was an involuntary handball. When we are so unsure of a rule, we might do better not to use it. I hope we don't lose him for the next two matches. A change of system? I am not closed to that idea; it's possible. We have enough players not to have to change anything but there are other possibilities we can change. Caqueret played very well in Rennes. He has great potential. He is capable of being a part of great team performances. I don't forget this. He is exemplary in training. We know the team can count on him. Every time he plays he is excellent."

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