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Claude Puel's press conference

Published on the 04 November 2010 à 19:25 by R.B

From a look at the injury situation to the match against Rennes, with a detour by Benfica...Claude Puel answered questions from the media...

What does the injury situation look like?

"Ederson continues his treatment. Delgado has started to play again. We'll see if he can get some playing time with the CFA. Toulalan has trained with the group since Thursday. We will take a look to see if he can be in the group for Rennes. Lisandro had a MRI. Things are progressing as far as his calf is concerned, but we must remain cautious. Cissokho, we'll know more next week".

Suspended against Rennes?

"Kolo and Grenier are suspended for this match".

Will we see a different OL in Brittany?

"I hope that we will be more aggressive, especially in our in duels. This is not a question of maturity. In Lisbon, our performance in the first half was not up to the standard of the Champions League. So there is something to rectify. After there are things we can build upon, the character, in particular, shown by the team in difficult circumstances. This shows the potential and the quality of the group that is living together well. This proves that we can count on everyone, including the youngsters. But in Rennes, we change competitions. Rennes have an athletic team, they get forward quickly, are skilled on the counter attack, even at home. It will be a tough match. It is up to us to put together the necessary ingredients in all sectors".

Is the league table important?

"At this point in the season, it does not mean much. The most important is the number of points and also the gap between us and the sides at the top. From one day to another, the rankings can change. We cannot let too large a gap build up in terms of points. But before we talk about rankings, points, let’s play the matches. We are going to Rennes to win".

Does the calendar favour Rennes or OL?

"We’re adapting to it, although I would prefer to play every five days. As for Rennes, they will have had to adapt their training based on the fact they have not played for two weeks. I have no particular opinion on whether either team will be advantaged".