Back at OL this summer, after five seasons at Bayern Munich, Corentin Tolisso came to a press conference for the first time since his presentation, before OL-PSG, Sunday evening (8:45 p.m.), at Groupama Stadium.
“You played your best match of the season in Monaco, and you are finally playing matches. How do you feel ?
I must continue to work. I didn’t have an easy preparation, I was injured in July, and I had to catch up quickly, and play, little by little. I was able to play an entire match recently, and it had been a while… With the technical staff and the medical staff, we have put something in place for me to come back gradually. I’m making progress, but I’m still missing a bit of volume. I talk about it with my relatives, that’s what stands out: I have to do more shopping, as I could do before. Mentally, being able to string together matches is good, a lot of good, after having experienced a lot of difficult times. In the head, it releases a lot of things.
Did the list of Blues for September come too soon? Did you have any hope?
I had a little hope, of course. Afterwards, it’s true that compared to the sequence of matches, everything I’ve experienced is perhaps a little early. It is necessary that I connect, that I go up in rhythm. And that I am very good.
“You have to win, even against PSG. […] We have to be aggressive, tactically intelligent, and do things well together. We have to be a team.
OL have two defeats in one week, in Lorient (1-3) and Monaco (1-2)…
It is complicated. They are two defeats, and zero points out of six, but different defeats. In Lorient, we didn’t show much, but in Monaco it was a little more accomplished. You have to hold on to the positive and keep moving forward. We conceded two goals from set pieces, in Monaco, but we have statistics which show that we have performed well in these phases since the start of the season. But it hurt our heads. And we don’t want to take goals from set pieces every weekend.
After these two defeats, here is the PSG …
It’s important for us, we absolutely have to come out with a victory. We know all the qualities that PSG have, but maybe it can help us, help us play a big game. We must win. We have ambitions, we have to keep them. You have to win, even against PSG. It has already happened, here, at Parc OL. We have to be aggressive, tactically intelligent, and do things well together. We have to be a team.
PSG does not shoot in the same category?
For now, that’s true. Their goal is to win the Champions League, and ours is to get back there.
Do you confirm that you prefer to play in front of the defense and have you spoken to the coach about it?
We talked about it a little, vaguely, and it’s true that I feel more comfortable in number 6 than in number 8.
How do you feel Peter Bosz this week?
Good. He is someone who likes to work, who has a lot of ideas to help the team progress. The problem is not only the coach or the players: we must be united, we must all progress together. I read things saying that the coach is in danger, but we are all behind him and we want to win on Sunday to erase these two defeats.
Do you have the means to realize these ideas?
We try (smile)we work on it every day.
Do you have a more important role, before a match like that, with Alexandre Lacazette?
We came back, we gained experience, and it’s up to us to take the pressure off the youngsters. Before a match like PSG, determination and desire are multiplied by a thousand. It is up to us to speak well. »