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Claude Puel's press conference

Published on the 01 October 2009 à 19:24 by R.B

After looking at the treatment room, Claude Puel spoke about Lens and the Champions League...

How do you see the match against Lens going?
« It will be a complicated match, they are in good form, are aggressive and will play a very physical game. Lens slipped up away to Le Mans, a 3-0 defeat. At home they will want to show what they can really do, we know what to expect. We’ll see how our guys recuperate, but we have to throw off the physical and mental fatigue. The chance of going top? We don’t desire to get in front of Bordeaux at any cost. The importance? That the gap between the two clubs does not get extended. OL must win all of the time. Afterwards, Bordeaux tahe the league as it comes. We are focusing on our performances. If we go above them, then we go above them … ».

Are you satisfied with the performance in Budapest ?
« Yes. Satisfied with the match and the result. I hope that this Debrecen side, who are full of qualities, will make life tough for the other two clubs in the group … We’re satisfied that the jobwas well done. But, our ambition was not just to win in Hungary, it’s to qualify from the group, that all remains to be done … »

What do you think about Pjanic?
« He is progressing well. At the end of last season, he came to see me. I reassured him about his performances, notably because of his age. He was discovering the top flight. He played, he trained with the frame of mind necessary for progression. He went through pre-season really well. He is continuing his progression. Miralem has great vision out on the field and the technique to go with it. He can progress a lot physically. At 19 years of age, he is heading in the right direction. He listens well and has a great personality. He is fearless and can be successful at the highest level ».

And Ederson?
« His pre-season was good, afterwards he picked up an injury at the wrong moment. He still needs to progress. I expect more from him as far as his personality is concerned, also in the confidence that he needs to show all the quality that he possesses». How do you see the match against Lens going?
« It will be a complicated match, they are in good form, are aggressive and will play a very physical game. Lens sluipped up away to Le Mans, a 3-0 defeat. At home they will want to show what they can really do, we know what to expect. We’ll see how our guys recuperate, but we have to throw off the physical and mental fatigue. The chance of going top? We don’t desire to get in front of Bordeaux at any cost. The importance? That the gap between the two clubs does not get extended. OL must win all of the time. Afterwards, Bordeaux tahe the league as it comes. We are focusing on our performances. If we go above them, then we go above them … ».

Are you satisfied with the performance in Budapest ?
« Yes. Satisfied with the match and the result. I hope that this Debrecen side, who are full of qualities, will make life tough for the other two clubs in the group … We’re satisfied that the jobwas well done. But, our ambition was not just to win in Hungary, it’s to qualify from the group That all remains to be done … »

What do you think about Pjanic?
« He is progressing well. At the end of last season, he came to see me. I reassured him about his performances, notably because of his age. He was discovering the top flight. He played, he trained with the frame of mind necessary for progression. He went through pre-season really well. He is continuing his progression. Miralem has great vision out on the field and the technique to go with it. He can progress a lot physically. At 19 years of age, he is heading in the right direction. He listens well and has a great personality. He is fearless and can be successful at the highest level ».

And Ederson?
« His pre-season was good, afterwards he picked up an injury at the wrong moment. He still needs to progress. I expect more from him as far as his personality is concerned, also in the confidence that he needs to show all the quality that he possesses».
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