Damien Da Silva: "Bring my fighting spirit"
His integration at OL
“The first feelings I've had have been very good. I've integrated very well with the players, the staff and the other people working with the club during preseason. I was disappointed to be suspended for the first two matches; it's still a little frustrating. I followed the team from the sidelines and from home. I'm very happy to be eligible for this next match."
His desire to get on the pitch
"I've been ready to play since I signed for the club. Obviously, it's something that's been growing. The results have made us expect a lot more of a response now. We all must be more eager to win and to get things back on track, because these types of results are not what we're seeking. This week, we focused a lot on desire, and on our mentality. We must build a defensive base and also keep the confidence necessary to reverse this trend on Sunday."
What he brings to the squad
“I will be able to bring my experience, my fighting spirit, my defensive energy. When I am not playing, I will bring positive energy with my words, by encouraging my teammates. We have to stay positive among ourselves. This is the only way we can move forward. I was able to progress by playing in the Champions League, by facing some of the best strikers in Europe. Those were very high level matches. It’s an experience I will always remember."
A positive sense of pressure
"I hope I'll be nervous when I start at Groupama Stadium. If I don't have nerves, it's not a good sign. I've always liked having that pressure. I take it as a positive. Playing in Lyon always makes you want to succeed."
On the coach's playing style
“All coaches are different. Overall, it looks like what my former coach was asking for in Rennes. Peter Bosz wants an attacking team that keeps the ball, that builds from the back, with lots of pressure on the opponent. This approach is perhaps a little more accentuated here, but I am not lost. "
Reacting after the Angers match
“We worked like we have in previous weeks. We have to encourage ourselves, to be positive and gain confidence. The season remains long. Successful teams are united. What makes the difference at the end of the day is having a collective state of mind. All the players are aware that the match at Angers was poor. We can understand the dissatisfaction of the supporters. It's inevitably frustrating to have only one point from six. They expect a lot from the players. We must have this level of desire, it is the minimum we can offer, to show this fighting spirit in our approach to playing."
Memories of his time with Clermont
“I am not surprised at the start of the season that Clermont have had. They have just come up, they are full of confidence. I experienced that with Caen. They play a liberated style of football. They have a good style of play. I know the coach well, he's someone with whom I worked at Niort. He likes playing with the ball and building from the back. I played there for a year, and I have great memories of it. It was the year I returned to playing as a professional, after spending some time in National. "
“Their striker (Mohamed Bayo) is full of confidence. I watched a few games of his last season. It's a very good challenge when you're a defender. I always like to challenge myself against Ligue 1 Uber Eats' forwards, all of whom are very good."