first team / Novemeber

Claude Puel and the month of November

Published on the 03 December 2009 à 17:29 by R.B

The OL coach took a look back at the month of November put in by his side. An interview that you can see in OLSystem...

Globally, the OL coach considers the month of November to have been insufficient in terms of results and quality of play. « After Liverpool and Marseille where we put in a lot of work to get back level fighting until the end of the match, there was the international break which dispersed the squad. The match against OM, pleased me for a number of reasons, even if we did concede four goals. We payed the price for our lack of concentration … For the rest, I appreciated our team spirit, the quality of our play in the image of a number of remarkable moves, just like the one leading to the goal from Michel Bastos… After the break there was the disappointing match in Grenoble. I didn’t think we could perform so poorly. This match almost certainly penalised and made the team fragile for the end of the month off November… even if we did finish off well in Florence where we could have equalised. Afterwards, against Rennes, we saw what was going wrong, like the fact the team was cut in two at times..."

"We didn't have the time

to work"


Players absent through international duty, injury; players making their way back from injury … are these excuses to explain the form of the team in November? « I don’t want to talk about that too much, even if these factors did play their part. It’s a fact. We didn’t have the time to work or very little time together. The players came back in different states depending on whether they had played or not, or won or not … with their national teams. So we went back to basics. But, these results have not affected the morale or the confidence of the players or the squad. I know what they can do; I know what the individual players can do. We saw it in August and September when everyone said we were playing well, that we had recruited well. I want to say that this season, results depend on us and not the opponents that we face as long as everything works ».

At the end of the month of November, Claude Puel hasn’t changed his mind concerning the French league. « It’s tight. We know that the bottom club can beat the team in first place. We know that a lot of clubs can be difficult to play against when they work hard. We saw that against Grenoble… Now, we have to start moving forward again with a very important match against Lille on Sunday. We have worked really well this week. I hope that it will show on Sunday … »

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