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BRUNO GENESIO: "GOING TO NANTES WITH CONFIDENCE, HUMILITY AND BELIEF IN OUR ABILITY"

Published on the 29 November 2016 à 16:39 by CC

The Lyon coach spoke in his press conference about the busy week ahead for his team.

THE MATCH AGAINST PSG

The loss is a little cruel given the way the match was played. We played within ourselves in a first half in which we were out to protect our goal without being aggressive. So all we did was defend and hold. We were another team in the second half with a re-energised line-up and with players more proactive in winning the ball back. Overall, we stood up to PSG even though we didn't quite manage to cement our domination. Big teams don't let you off for that.

WHY DID THE TEAM BLOW HOT AND COLD?

It could be that I didn't make myself understood in my team-talk, that the players took me the wrong way. I'm also partly to blame. We were able to equalise but our team was made to play. A draw wouldn't have changed the ladder much, but it would have let us stay on an even keel. This week we play two teams low on the ladder. We need to capitalise on those to get back to winning ways.

FC NANTES

This is a team that is struggling and that has trouble at home. They also have problems outside of sport and it's a shame to see a great French football club in that situation. But don't think that the match against Nantes will be any easier than the one against Paris. Struggling teams have something in reserve and if we think we'll win in Nantes and Metz simply by putting on a Lyon jersey we'll learn the same harsh lesson we did at Lorient and Dijon. We have to approach this trip with the same convictions that have earned us results in the last few weeks. We need to go to Nantes with confidence, humility and belief in our ability.

There are still plenty of games to play and it's not inconceivable that these other teams are also going through tough times.

THE GAP BEHIND THE FRONT THREE

There are still plenty of games to play and it's not inconceivable that these other teams are also going through tough times. To get back up the ladder, it's paramount that we correct our flaws because we certainly have the players to get results. If we're going to aim high, we need to concentrate on what's ahead while keeping an eye on the teams above us.

GHEZZAL'S AND FEKIR'S FORM

Rachid is coming back from injury and, against Paris, he clearly lacked the match-fitness to make the right decision in the 70th minute. As for Nabil, we should leave him alone. We put too much pressure on him. He's coming back from a severe injury and we need to give him time to get back up to speed after a year out. The ideal team needs to time to play, and we don't have that at the moment because there's too much competition for places.

SQUAD ROTATION

With a busy schedule, we're inclined to rest players. As for Alex Lacazette, we will see after the trip to Nantes, but I want to learn from past mistakes. I haven't forgotten the bad experiences against Bordeaux and Lorient and I want to learn from those to put together the best possible team and to manage matches. I have spoken to all the players, Sergi Darder in particular. He's not playing that much but he has the club's full backing. This is part of a player's learning curve.

THE CHAPECOENSE AIR CRASH

We feel the Brazilians' grief and pain. I'm fatalistic when it comes to air travel; unfortunately  some people die flying.

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