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R. Garde: 'I think we made our mark'

Published on the 29 November 2012 à 16:19 by TB

The day after OL's 4-1 win in Marseille, the Lyon coach looked back on his side's performance - and the top spot they took back - in a press conference.

"I saw a lot of really promising passages of play. Even though Marseille had two or three chances, we made this excellent win come to pass. The players deserve all the credit, the react correctly after the disappointment in Toulouse. I fet like the lads had found their feet again, linked up well and above all carried themselves in a way that revitalised our game. My instructions were carried out to the letter. [Smiles] In Toulouse, perhaps they weren't the only ones to make a few mistakes... even though our rivals can improve, I think our actual quality level is closer to what we saw at the Vélodrome than what we saw in Toulouse."

"He's a real battering ram of a striker, that's for sure. Already in Toulouse, he was trying to mobilise all his teammates. Yesterday, he was our essential focal point, moving well and and clinical in front of goal... it was perhaps his best match since I've been coach of Lyon. His finishing made the difference, but I would also like to underline his incredible defensive work as the first line of our defence."

"It was very staisfying. I really appreciated what I saw; our hard work in training paid off. However, you can't play good football without a good frame of mind! If we can reproduce the way the players took this match on, and we manage to do it all together, it could be a very promising season."


"Yoann Gourcuff and Clément Grenier can both play in the centre or on the flank. Competition? I'm only thinking short-term right now, but I can't rule out the possibility of playing them together. I prefer having several quality players at my disposal than making decisions on principle."

"I think we made our mark... I don't know... But what good would it do to get a win like that if we then get beaten at Gerland?
We have the chance of either confirming our status or not. But the top priority for me is the mannerin which we reached this position; you can only tell what the consequences are at the end of the season."

Build on the win at the Vélodrome

"I place a lot of importance on taking an average of two points per match. It's one of our objectives and it has more value than where you sit on the table. So too the kinf od football we play is something I have high expectations about. But playing well without winning doesn't make too much sense... I want my team to play well and also be efficient."

"It's a well-known fact that I am completely plrepared to conform to the policies put in place by OL. There are young players knocking on the door, the squad is functioning well as a unit and right now we're ahead of schedule in terms of the results and points we've collected. So to go from there and change our strategy during the winter break... I don't think so.

"Yoann will be ready to go on Saturday. ON the face of it, he'll be the onyl one returning to action. Dejan, Jimmy and Lisandro won't be available. Michel Bastos? He recovered from the pain very quickly and has shown real hunger to get back into the team."

"They're the reigning champions of France, I haven;t forgotten that detail. They're coming off two wins, over Bordeaux in the league and Nice in the cup, so we'll definitely need to be vigilant against such an opponent. It's always complicated and hard-fought when we take them on. I imagine that they'll play with a bit more composure than at the beginning of the season. To make sure that the win at the Vélodrome won't be just a flash in the pan, we absolutely must build on it with another win."

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