Alain Perrin reminded everyone that the win against Sedan in the semi-final of the Coupe de France was just "a stage". "We've won nothing, he said. From now to the end of the season, all our games are finals". First decisive match, on Saturday against Nancy.
Of course. Especially as we managed to avoid extra time. However, the squad are well aware that is just a step on the way. The objective was to get to the final. We’re pleased to have done that but we haven’t won anything yet ; we have to finish up with the League and to do that the next two games will be decisive. In any case all our remaining games are finals now.
Are you thinking about getting into OL’s history books?
It’s a challenge that we have for these last two weeks. We’re going to try and stay where we are. When he speaks to the players, the president (Jean-Michel Aulas) reminds them that they are lucky and that every season is not like that. It could allow the players to make history.
This victory is important for our confidence and motivation in view of the remaining time in the League...
Yes, but when you are playing for a title like we are today, it’s difficult to be any more motivated. Some players like Keita and Bodmer can win their first title. For the other youngsters like Karim (Benzema) or Hatem (Ben Arfa), it could be a first title with a lot of playing time. The players really want this title. We’ve been working at it for 10 or 11 months, we’re not going to give up now. We have to stay calm, lucid and serene in order to prepare well.
Bordeaux are only two points behind. Does that worry you?
We’re confident in our abilities. We still have our destiny in our hands. Seeing Bordeaux two points behind is not worrying. What is worrying is that we have not managed to win two games in a row at home in the League ; we have just played out two poor performances against Caen and Rennes, two poor performances that we have to wipe out.
What do you think of Nancy ?
They are difficult to play against as they are well organised, very fit and are masters in the art of counter attacking. They are one of the teams that have the best attacking efficiency ratio (number of goals/number of shots).For us to win we will have to be a tour best levels physically, aggressively but also solid as a team ; Nancy are very strong in duels, we will have to find our solutions as a team.
You need 4 points in order to be champions. Are you going to play the percentages at the end of the campaign?
Of course not. We already used up our jokers against Rennes and Caen. The order of the day is : « win at home ». If we don’t manage to, we’ll have to come up with something else. The objective is to go out and get the win straight away. We’ll total things up later. We will be playing our games as a solid block, if we score 5 minutes before time, we’ll be happy, as we saw yesterday you can’t go all out on the attack.
What is the most difficult to deal with? Physical or mental fatigue?
There’s not too much mental fatigue as the win over Sedan wiped it out and, gave us a mental and confidence boost. On the physical side, with the arrival of the hot weather we really have to recuperate well. That’s the objective before Saturday.
Juninho took a knock on the knee yesterday. How is he?
He’s the only player that didn’t come out today for the training session. He stayed with the physios. He took a knock on the tendon of his left knee. It’s quite badly placed as well. He may very well not play on Saturday.
Bordeaux and Glasgow were two of the most important games of the season. Would you put the game against Nancy on the same level?
The team can deal with this type of situation, we’ve played a lot of important games this season. We’re getting closer to the clubs main objective. It’s nothing new for us, we’re used to it. As we reach the end of the season, we have more an impression to be playing in cup games where you can do nothing if you’ve lost the game unlike in the League. We’ve given ourselves a cup mentality, we have to give everything in each match.
Will you be keeping an eye on the game between Bordeaux and Sochaux, during the game against Nancy?
Of course, as we did already against Caen. But our philosophy is to play a “full game”. In our last two games we have refound a certain defensive stability. It’s good, we have to keep playing like that. Offensively, we have been struggling a little. We’ll be working on our finishing before Saturday.