“How do you analyze this victory?
We managed a serious match in a great atmosphere, against a team that is committed. The fact of scoring quickly made the tension go down and being in numerical superiority caused a drop in the rhythm of the match. This allowed me to do what I wanted in terms of game time management, 85-90%. It’s an important victory because the competitors win, it’s still a few days before our entry into the Champions League.
What’s the news from Vitinha?
He was the victim of a heavy contact on the kneecap, but without torsion or ligament problem. He is going to take exams. Hopefully it’s not too serious and he will be available for Tuesday’s game against Juventus Turin.
Weren’t you afraid of breaking Neymar’s dynamic by not establishing him?
There is always the risk of breaking a dynamic if the player does not accept the decision. I had a discussion with him on Friday. He had already gone out to Toulouse with fatigue and received blows. I made the decision and he accepted it well.
Antoine Kombouaré said it was a practice match for you because of his scenario…
(He pouts) It’s a match that has lost in intensity, so in that sense yes. But to win there are always efforts to be made. We should have won on a wider score, if we had been fairer in the last pass or the last gesture. But that’s being choosy.
After six wins and a draw, are you where you wanted to be before starting in the European Cup?
We are doing well, we are scoring goals. It’s consistent in the game, the state of mind of the players is very good. They show a strong desire to be very connected in the field. The Champions League is another level. It will be a different game for Juve which I watched well this afternoon at Fiorentina (1-1) and for us also in relation to what we experienced this Saturday evening. Juventus are used to playing this competition, we will have to make a lot of effort, stay very compact defensively even if we want to score goals. »