Anthony Lopes: "Learn from our mistakes"
A quality squad
“There are no more names in the rumor mill; the Mercato is over. The current squad will be here until January. It is well-balanced and full of quality. Every season is different. We would have liked to have more wins in August. We finished well before the international break. You have to take all three points in each match to reach the top."
Adapting to Peter Bosz's philosophy“With the coach, we put a lot of emphasis on passing the ball. We’re the first point of attack. We are listening a lot. It's part of the game, along with a focus on pressing. Each trainer has his own methods. There has been a lot of development. We must continue training to evolve. We have a coach who likes an attractive style of play. The objective is to break the lines to eliminate players. We try to repeat what we do in training in the matches. We're pretty up for the challenge even as September will be intense. I hope we will live up to the what's to come. I'm still getting used to playing higher up the pitch; there's more demands on me and my kicking game has to be meticulous."
His relationship with Rémy Vercoutre
“Rémy Vercoutre is always smiling. He loves what he does. It's always easier when it's like that. The link between us is very strong. We have some very good memories together. When I started out here, he was ahead of me. Unfortunately for him, he got injured at a very challenging time. This allowed me to become number 1. I'm very happy to be able to work with him. He is very attentive and listens. He knows that I am emotional."
Looking back at last season
“Last year I had a very consistent first part of the season, and a more difficult second. I have no right to make mistakes. It's part of the job. I'm continuing to learn every day. There were some difficult things to deal with, especially the media side of things, which was trying. It allowed me to develop a thick skin, and it's all behind me now. I am totally relaxed and ready to have a great season, individually and collectively."
The arrival of Jérôme Boateng
"He will bring a lot of experience, with his background and attitude. It's nice to be able to welcome him. He knows he's going to help us in a lot of different ways."
Learning from his mistakes
“We must know how to deal with certain situations. At 3-1 up against Clermont, we must be able to keep a lead and take all three points. We failed to do so. We will learn from our mistakes. In the future, we have to do a lot better. "