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Rudi Garcia: "I expect a reaction from my players"

Published on 07 April 2021 at 4:31 PM
Rudi Garcia : « J’attends de l’action de mes joueurs »
Lyon coach Rudi Garcia spoke to journalists on the eve of the Round of 16 match in the Coupe de France against Red Star. The full press conference can be found on OLPlay.

Medical update

“Lopes, Dubois, Kadewere, Aouar, Benlamri, and Slimani (suspended) are unavailable. We'll see if Cornet is fit. Kadewere hurt himself yesterday in practice, but I will still put out a first choice team to qualify. It is out of the question to think of Angers. There is no question of fatigue. A change in tactical system is possible. We can find other options. We are still deciding in light of the absence of Tino... We will see what will happen with Aouar's return."

 

Is facing Red Star a "trap" match?

“What matters is the mentality of OL. We must respect this team. They knocked out Lens in the last round, a team that we couldn't beat this weekend. We will have to play to our maximum. We won't qualify if we have the spirit I've seen this weekend. We've been performing worse in training of late. I hope that  they can respond, and you can count on me to remind them of this. I am finding that the mood around the team at present is not good. They are thinking more about Angers than Red Star. This match is especially tricky because of that. We are professionals and we will still have to do work and approach this with a state of mind that's the best it possibly can be. I think they'll figure it out easily."

 

Red Star

“We will have to limit the strengths of this team because they have plenty of them. They have plenty of strengths, such as their physicality. It will be necessary to be present in all areas. They're an athletic team. There is quality in their attack and on the flanks. Cheikh Ndoye, whom we know well, is experienced and has very impressive qualities. Playing on a synthetic pitch? It's the same for everyone even if we are less used to it. We've practiced on one. I haven't said anything about it."

 

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Facing criticism after the match against Lens

“The most important criticism has been internal. I don't change my mind that it all happened in their area. We've never had so many chances since the start of the season. We have to show more of a killer instinct in our finishing. I expect a reaction from my players. I didn’t mind the attitude in Lens but now we have to react and be efficient. We must stop failing to test the opposing goalkeepers."

 

Getting back to our best

“You have to remind the team what they did and how they did it. We can only do better. There is a Round of 16 match to be played. The most important thing is to progress -- to do this we have to be in a positive, determined, collective state of mind. I scarcely need to remind you of this. It can be about lacking experience. This must be done, especially with the youngest players. Everything is still possible. We are still in the race in every way. We have to put together the necessary ingredients for this kind of meeting. All players have a role to play. You have to follow those who show a lot of desire. There are some in particular who are leaders. Those who are picked for tomorrow must show a lot of desire."

 

Memphis' form

“Memphis ran out of energy in Lens; he needed more about him to be more decisive. This did not prevent us from creating chances. The internationals had a day off. It will help with their freshness and mentality. You have to put pressure on yourself, they know that OL need them to win. "

 

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