Rudi Garcia: "Take every risk to win"
“The absentees will be Kadewere and Benlamri. They are doing individual training. The other players are ready to be in the squad, even Aouar. He lacks match fitness, even if he was able to train yesterday. We have to bring him back little by little. It’s good that he is back with us for the Coupe de France and the last few matches of the league season. His absence gave us fewer options. We will also have to get Tino back quickly because there aren't that many players."
The win against Angers
“It wasn't the tactical change that made the difference in my opinion. Like the other wide players, Memphis has an obligation to be in the middle when we have the ball. Paqueta was moved closer to the attackers. It was a collective performance in spirit, and showed he can score goals too. He should try his luck from outside the area more often. He's impressive playing higher up the pitch. We had already done this in Brest and we had liked the results. We were above all more efficient… There are possibilities for changes, and not necessarily only in terms of players. The big difference in this Angers match was our ability to convert our chances. Each goal counted towards the final result."
Islam Slimani's efforts
“He deserves to score a goal. I told him it will come soon. It’s always important to defend with 11. That’s always the mandate no matter who the attacker is. Everyone has to work hard and Islam does this naturally. His aerial game is also interesting. He brings different things to the table. We have more options when we cross the ball into the area. His ability to play for the collective is impressive. It's up to him to make the right choices and to finish when he has the opportunity. He likes to help others succeed. He is a very good option in terms of combination play in attack. Sometimes he picks up his runs too frequently. He must also find the space to be able to stretch the opposing defence. Memphis and Slimani are very complementary players. The two should not both pick up their runs, that is the directive that they have."
A sense of pressure?
"There is not any. We are fourth and nothing worse can happen to us. There is no sense of calculation. We have to take all the risks we can to win. We cannot try to guess our final position."
“Playing in the system we did against Angers, it's as if we have three players for two positions. These are three different players, who each can cover a lot of ground. They are good at pressing. They are complementary in their styles. The advantage of having Paqueta is that you can play in a triangle with one or two advanced midfielders. It's interesting to have these different and complementary styles."
The team's spirits
“We have a group that has a tendency to let things slip when everything is going well. The players have to be responsible. Dubois’s speech pleases me, he’s one of the leaders. We know it will be difficult to win in Nantes. But we know what to do. We have to build on our previous matches, especially our efficiency against Angers."
The level of Ligue 1
" It is exciting. It's rare to see four teams so close together on so many points. It's too bad there are no supporters. This is the season to watch. When you have four teams with so many points, you can no longer question the competitiveness of the league. There are a lot of very good teams."