The fullback answered questions from the media. He notably spoke about the problems encountered by the team in November...about the week that went by and Wednesday's meeting...
Aly could you tell us what was said in the group meeting on Wednesday?
« We had to resolve the crisis after the poor results of November. We knew there was a problem. We got together on Wednesday and it was positive. We spoke a lot about tactics, desire, determination. The squad wanted changes: less running, more training with the ball … it’s nicer. Afterwards I’m not going to tell you everything. The coach has a message to get through and the squad is open to it. Personally, I don’t have any problems. He always tells us to give our best, to move forward. We have a lot of freedom in our play. We had a good discussion. It should make for a good match and result against Lille, which will be an important test against a quality side. It will be a tough match. We will have to take all three points. We need to build on the good work we put in this week ».
How would you explain the problems of November?
« There was the international break, players who were absent and came back after emotionally draining matches. Others stayed in Lyon. It’s not an easy situation to deal with. The situation created an imbalance. We know what happened. We worked well, tactically, in training this week. The messages got through ».
How would you judge your recent performances?
« Average, just like the rest of the squad. I always question myself, in the knowledge that I have to raise my standard just like the rest of the team ».