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Mounier : « I'm still working hard »

Published on the 16 December 2008 à 15:44 by RD

Anthony Mounier, whose appearances in an OL shirt this season have been far from frequent, remains positive about his situation within the squad and on the club's record just a few days before the winter break.

Anthony, OL have only taken 2 points from a possible 12. How is the squad dealing with the situation?
We’re not taking it too badly. We are well aware that this is a delicate period that we are going through. It’s true that we haven’t taken a lot of points from the last four League games. But when you look at the standings, we are still on top with a three point lead. We have one match to get through, well, before the winter break.

Things are getting tight at the top …
Our draw against OM (0-0) allowed a number of teams to close in on us. Because of that we are going to Caen to take all three points and go away for the holidays in a better frame of mind. We’re going to be staying focused this week so that we can put in a great performance during this match. Everyone knows that we aren’t scoring a lot at the moment, but we’ve had our chances. Maybe we’re lacking a little bit of realism and good fortune, but I think that it will come back.

Paris, Marseille et Bordeaux are just three points behind OL. Which one of these team’s is the most dangerous as far as you are concerned?
Marseille have a good side. Paris are slowly but surely coming back without making too much noise. I think we have to watch out for all three of them as far as the title is concerned. But we really have to focus on our games and take each match as it comes without getting distracted by any other side. On the other hand it’s good for the League that the big sides are getting back to the top of the table.

How do you feel about the amount of playing time you have had at OL?
After my performance against Nancy (2-1 ; Week 7, September 27. Mounier played in two key passes), everyone put me on a pedestal. Then I didn’t really get a game for over a month. That’s how it is in football. It proves that things change quickly. But I’m still working hard in training. I was lucky enough to start the match against Bayern Munich in the Champions league (December 10), I was delighted about that. Then I was an unused sub against Marseille. These are choices the coach has to make and I respect them. I’m here to progress. I’ll keep on working hard and take each match as it comes. I feel good with this squad of players, when I am called upon I give my all for the team.
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