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Bruno Genesio's press conference

Published on the 22 April 2016 à 12:13 by SC

The OL coach spoke to the press 24 hours out from the Week 35 away game in Toulouse.

Injuries

"Aldo Kalulu is short of match fitness. Malbranque is out for the rest of the season."

Toulouse's current form

"They are the favourites as they're on a very good dynamic at home. We have to put the lie to the current statistics as well as those from the last years. We're focused on our final objective. Toulouse is another hurdle we need to overcome in order to reach our goals. We're aware of our strengths. We'll go there with a lot of humility but also a lot of confidence. It will be a complicated match, but they all are. We need to continue with our style of play and harness the strength and conviction we've accrued. Dupraz has brought defensive stability to Toulouse but also enthusiasm and hope. He's a very compelling, motivating person."

Cornet's absence

"Valbuena will play. Maxwel brought his speed and ability to get in behind defences to bear for us; Mathieu brings technical brilliance in the middle of the park. He has a lot of experience, and that will be a real plus in the high-stakes matches we have on the cards. We're lucky to have solutions; it allows us to keep the team very competitive. We need to maintain balance; that's very important."

Third place?

"It wouldn't be a failure. In January, the objective was to claim a European place. Given our current situation, our objectives have been raised. If we finish third, we still have every chance of making it through to the Champions League. We've managed to get back to where we wanted to be - within reach of second place. But it's not just about Monaco and us. There's Nice, Saint-Etienne… We'll need to concentrate on our game. WE showed signs of nerves in the first half against Nice."

Schedule

"When you're playing sides battling to beat the drop, they're always complicated, intense, hard-fought matches. We'll need to get stuck into the challenges and make an impact. We'll need to impose our game, and the frame of mind we showed against Nice makes me think we can do it. The lads were extraordinary. They outdid themselves both mentally and physically."

Clément Grenier

"He's doing very well despite the tough times he is going through. He's a well-loved member of the squad. He's there in training and he doesn't skimp on the effort. I hope he will have a chance to help us. He will see how he feels at the end of the season. He is solid mentally following the tribulations he has been through. His mentality is now extremely tough. He reacted well to what the president had to say. He's very professional. There are choice to be made and its tough for those who get the short end of the stick. But it's part of the job and I feel that there is unity between the ones who are playing and the ones who aren't. The fact that our substitutes are making a big impact in matches is a sure sign of that."

Nabil Fekir

"He's making progress, he showed that when he came on against Nice. He took on defenders. He's not yet 100% physically. That's to be expected. But e is in the running for a place in the starting line-up."

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

"He has work very hard technically, tactically and physically. He has done extra training sessions. Claudio Caçapa's advice has been important. With Umtiti, he is part of a an excellent central defensive pairing."

Set pieces

"The lads are given some instructions before the match about who is to take set pieces, but they are also afforded a fair bit of liberty. Valbuena is one of the players who could take them. It was perfectly normal for him to take that free-kick against Nice."

Genesio's future

"I'd dearly love to continue but what I'm most interested in is preparing the team well. I want to stay with Lyon. I appreciate what the president has had to say about me. I am only focused on our collective goal, which will of course have a bearing on what is to happen in the future."

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