How to compensate for the absence of Martin Terrier (absent for a small elongation)?
We have solutions, a workforce for that, with various solutions. We would have preferred him to be present because he is an important player, who scores, who scores, who is important for the balance of the team, the link he can bring between midfield and attack, but that’s part of what you have to endure and overcome in a season. This is where we see if we have a group that is ready to respond to this kind of hazard and I have confidence in my group, in those who will start, in the one who will play in Martin’s place.
What impression has Lille made on you lately?
Very good. I think it’s a team that looks a bit like us in the way they play, even if they have even more verticality than us. They deserved to win Lyon (0-1, October 30)they beat Monaco (4-3, on the 23rd) with the way. They’re an attack-oriented team with a lot of good players, a lot of speed, so I think we’ll have a pretty spectacular game.
Does it change anything to be on the podium, now, after having coveted it?
The important thing is to be there on the 38th day, there it is to take the maximum number of points before the World Cup.
How did you digest the disappointment of match against Larnaca on Thursday (1-1)when Rennes missed the opportunity to seek the knockout stages of the Europa League directly?
I especially tried to de-dramatize. Obviously there’s a big disappointment, obviously we didn’t have a good match, but it’s been almost three months since we lost, we’re third in L1, qualified for the round of 16 of the Europa League (dams), so there are worse than our situation.
We had more good matches than bad ones, it can happen to miss a match. There are a lot of explanations, there were a lot of changes, maybe not sufficiently prepared on my part, I don’t know, but in any case there is no reason to be alarmed after a draw against Larnaca. I don’t see many teams that only play well and easily win all their matches. The good side is that it shows that we need to be 100% to be successful, everyone, individually, collectively, those who start, those who enter, the players, the staff, the club. »