The Lyon coach was in the press room to look back on the European semi-final against Ajax and discuss the trip to Montpellier in Ligue 1.
“I’ll assess the fitness of the players shortly. A few of them were very tired. We have 48 hours to prepare for the trip to Montpellier… Morel felt some pain in his leg during the match. He’s run himself ragged. We need to replace him and bring in some freshness on the left side. Rafael has a pretty bad dead leg. He had trouble walking. Yanga-Mbiwa is better.”
Elimination against Ajax
“We were asleep for a while there. I watched the match again. We started off full of desire and aggression but we were disorganised, rushed. That destabilises you. We conceded a soft goal. It’s frustrating to let in so many unnecessary goals. At this level, there are some mistakes that just shouldn’t be made. We played pretty intensely after the break. We went very close to forcing extra time. It wouldn’t have taken much. The game comes down to such details. That makes the disappointment stronger. As for regrets, we should have them about the first leg because we had chances to score a second goal… The disappointment will linger for a good while. We don’t often have the chance to play in European semi-finals. It’s in moments like these that you develop, you grow.”
Back to the league
“We’ve set ourselves the goal of doing better than last season in terms of points. I’ve seen that Montpellier want to take revenge for the first match we played this season. The two teams want to achieve their objective. We need to finish the job. We could’ve done better this season as far as results go. In the league, it’s been a very mixed season because we had the ability to compete.”
Your personal situation
“The motivation’s still there. Elite level sport is about knowing how to come back, how to feed on failures. This is one because our aim was to go right to the end. I’ve talked about the future with the president. We’re already working on next season. He’s been supportive throughout this one. We’re part of a club that holds onto its goals. And it’s understandable that questions are asked when those goals aren’t met. I’ve seen that there are candidates for my job. I’ve lived with that since last season. It’s never nice. But I don’t lose any sleep over it and I let what some people say go over my head. It’s up to me to prove the opposite in the future.”