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Fekir: ‘I am always ready to fight for the team'

Published on the 16 December 2017 à 10:00 by YM

Lyon captain Nabil Fekir spoke to the media in on the eve of the Week 18 home clash with Marseille on Sunday night:

Current form

"We haven't been at our best in recent weeks. There is a little fatigue, but we will be 100% on Sunday. We are playing a lot of matches, and even if the coach is rotating the starting XI, it's hard to be at our best every game. It's good to have a break every now and again and give other players the chance to show what they can do. In attack, we are doing the business, scoring goals and providing assists for each other. We needed to get to know each other, learn how each of us plays. We have been working very hard and now we understand each other better on the pitch because we have some great players."

The match vs OM

"I think it's a very important match for us and for Marseille. This match is the opportunity to get the jump on a direct rival and that's important. OM are a good side that play good football. Psychologically, it will be good to beat them and I like playing against quality opponents. Marseille score a lot of goals and are very strong in defence... We need to try and cause them as many problems as possible. We know of the rivalry that exists between the two sides and these games are always high intensity. Every player dreams of playing in matches like these. I hope we will be focused and determined from the first minute to the last. It's true that our recent home matches haven't gone how we would have liked, but on Sunday, with our fans behind us, we will be giving it everything. There is still a long way to go this season, but it would be good to get this win ahead of the winter break."
Nabil Fekir Papier

Problems with the referees

"I don't think I'm getting any special treatment from opponents, but when you're up against players that don't like dribblers, there are always more free-kicks. I only ask that the referee does his job and it's true that I get a bit angry when that's not the case... But that's football... that's the way it is."

His role in different formations

"We aren't lacking a Plan B. Against packed defences, we are still creating chances, even if we don't always take them. Every big side knows how to adapt to different formations and Bruno Genesio is right to try different systems from time to time. People are often talking about my positioning on the right. I'm here for the coach and the team. I've heard some people say I complain when I don't play where I want. That is not true. If the coach needs to me to play on the wing, then I will. I am ready to fight for the team. Physically I can do it and I always put the team first. It's important to be versatile, especially with one eye on the national team where there are a lot of attacking options. The national team coach watches every game and makes his choices. I was very disappointed not to play the last two matches with Les Bleus, but I respect those choices and keep working hard."

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