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Genesio: 'The opportunity to give everyone some playing time'

Published on the 12 December 2017 à 16:00 by LM

Olympique Lyonnais coach Bruno Genesio spoke to the media and discussed Wednesday's Coupe de la Ligue Last-16 clash in the traditional pre-match press conference:

Squad update

"Rafael is suspended. Pape Cheikh Diop will probably miss out after a knock to the knee. Everybody else is available for the trip to Montpellier."


"The players that are playing less are working well in training and I want to show them that I have confidence in them. This is the chance for them to show what they can do. Mathieu Gorgelin will play in the Coupe de la Ligue and he deserves the opportunity. It's very important for him to take part in the Cup. Clément Grenier will definitely be in the squad. There a very good chance we'll see him on the pitch on Wednesday. There will be changes, but also certain players that played against Amiens; it will be a mixture."

Busy calendar

"We have a lot of matches. The players were prepared for that physically. It's the mental approach to playing every three days that is harder to manage. It's good to be able to take a little bit of the pressure off."

Sunday's match vs Marseille

"We know how important Sunday's match will be, even if it's not going to decide anything. There will be another 20 matches after Sunday's game. The important thing is to help the players' recovery. I want the best possible side to try and beat Marseille."


Nabil Fekir

"I don't think Nabil Fekir will play tomorrow. But it's not a physical problem. He, like the team, is just going through a bit of a dip in form. That's all part of a normal season. Sometimes, things don't go your way. That's the case for him at the moment. He has suffered a lot of fouls that could see him injured and aren't always well refereed by the men in the middle. The treatment that Nabil received in the match against Saint-Etienne went largely unpunished. I have to protect my players."


"He is one of the five players to have played the most this season. Even if he is an experienced player, it's not easy to be 100% all the time. He had a couple of lapses in concentration and that is indicative of the effects okf playing so many matches. He will not travel tomorrow."

Tanguy Ndombele

"Bring on the bench against Amiens must have been very tough for him. He could have carried on and moped about, but he did the exact opposite. He came off the bench and he helped the team get the victory. He's a very important element in the squad."

Houssem Aouar

"I don't want to shower the young players with too many compliments, because they still have a long way to go. We were very patient in bringing him where he is today. He has made the most of his opportunities and understood what it means to play at the highest level. He is now one of the team's technical leaders. He is a very balanced you man and we don't need to add anything else."

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