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Rudi Garcia: "Be consistent throughout the match"

Published on 19 March 2021 at 2:17 PM
Rudi Garcia : « être constant sur tout le match »
Rudi Garcia answered journalists' questions two days before the match against PSG as part of the 30th Matchday of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. The full press conference can be found on OLPlay.

Surprising PSG

"The two teams know each other well, and we are always studying our opponents, a surprise cannot be ruled out, when you have your strengths you have to rely on them, I think that the victory in Paris in the reverse fixture shows us that we can beat this team. That said, this another moment, another coach, it won't be the same tactics, the match will be different. Even if they are doing worse in the league this season, as they have seven defeats, the fact that they are doing well inthe Champions League makes them a very dangerous opponent that we must respect but not fear in order to play well. We'll try our luck and will play to win."

 

Matches against their title rivals

"A season is not only played our in direct confrontations against your rivals; if you are not consistent against the other teams you cannot hope to be the best in the league. We are play without supporters but we are at home. We are ready for this match, I have confidence in my players."

 

The same strategy as in the reverse fixture

“We had to make sure to limit their strengths but it will be another tactical battle come Sunday."

 

Consistency

“I hope that the second half against Reims will be in our heads. We will do everything to be consistent throughout the match. Over the last four matches, we, along with Lille, are the side who have taken the most points; no team is cruising through the league, we will focus on this match and bring our best to the game. We have to deal with all of the parameters, but we can do better, even if we will stay on the podium. There are different reasons, situations that can be better managed, in football much turns on the little things. We must not hide, we must do what we can to influence the outcome. The players are focused on the upcoming match, everyone will be motivated, we have to have confidence in ourselves, in the team. We just have to step on the pitch with a feeling of accomplishment and have no regrets. And I think we will be rewarded."

 

The form the team showed in the Final 8

"The squad has changed, some players are no longer there and others have arrived, we are still in this mindset, and we want to play at that level. We can remember the fact that we were able to perform well against the big teams and Paris is one of them."

 

Memphis

"I ask that he play his usual role as captain and the leader of the attack; he is an extraordinary player, I hope he will still be there next season. He is one of the top players in world football. He still has things to improve upon, and he needs honesty, and to be trusted, even when you don't agree with him. We were unanimous when we chose him as captain, and has taken to the role; in the last nine matches that we have left and in the Coupe de France I hope he will have an important role to play."

 

Taking pride in the team's place in the table

"We can be proud after Matchday 38, until then there is a race to be run, and the closer we are to the end of it, the more the points count. We didn’t give up and we did everything to win this match in Reims. We realized that this point was important, all the teams are playing for something, and are giving their best. All the points count, even if we were to win nothing would be finished."

 

 

 

 

 

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