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Bafétimbi Gomis press conference

Published on the 09 December 2011 à 16:43 by R.B

Controversy... four goal haul... Lorient... El Clasico…

He was one of the true heroes from the Maksimir Stadium where he scored four goals that saw OL pull of their unbelievable qualification for the last-16 of the Champions League. It was such an incredible night, that some cried foul: "I think it's only normal that some people asked certain questions. But after they were reduced to ten men, Dinamo left us with opportunities to pull off the unexpected, with a bit of help from the football gods. All this controversy is a shame. It questions our hard work, our pride, our desire, our fans support.... OL is a club with values and virtues. So, yes, it hurts. The second half wasn't easy. There were some young players in the Dinamo side looking to impress. They wanted to win, or at least to draw. We saw how good they were in the opening minutes."

And continuing very clearly on the subject: "For me, football is a party. I never had any doubts, otherwise I would never have played. When you're leading comfortably, it's really not easy to keep working hard to score more. This controversy won't upset the squad at all. The coaching staff have done everything to help us and the president has also spoken to the media. After that, it's hard to accept people still talking about it."

After several questions about the non-scandal, the topic moved along to his four goals: "The life of a striker is all about scoring goals or not scoring. I didn't take a holiday when I was injured. I worked hard to come back in top form. I was a little tired, but now I'm back. I've been waiting t score four goals in a game for a while now. It's even better because the goals meant we qualified."

And now it's time for Lorient for the striker who has already netted 13 goals this season. "We had a much-appreciated day off. The win over Lorient was very important, but that doesn't mean we're certain winners. We're competitors. There will be no problem getting back our focus."

Focusing on Lorient but then also El Clasico. "Bafé" has a weakness. "I like Real Madrid who are doing brilliantly recently thanks to Mourinho. Real Madrid and Barcelona are the two best teams in the world. This time Barcelona will find it very tough going."

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