Yes, of course, it’s a good group (with Frankfurt, Tottenham and Sporting). We could take worse! It must be said that all matches are difficult in the Champions League, but we were in the fourth hat, we knew that we were probably going to come across big teams.
What do you think of the Cristiano Ronaldo rumor, which has somewhat parasitized the news of the club in recent days?
It’s the first time I hear that. I don’t even look at the newspapers, so the rumours… Nobody told me about it, not even my parents.
Do you think your team is weakened with Milik’s departure to Juventus ? Are you going to replace him or do you consider the offensive sector sufficiently provided?
It had to be done for the club, the player. We accepted this decision, it is fair. I really liked Arek, as a person and as a player, during the weeks I trained him, but a choice was made, it was his decision to leave. Even if we have to wait for the last days of the transfer window, there are many of us ahead.
“Eric Bally will not start on Sunday. […] He only has training in his legs at the moment, we will have to see his condition. »
Will Alexis Sanchez become the number 1 solution at the peak?
Honestly, it doesn’t change anything, Sanchez can play the three positions up front. We will see, match after match, how to get those in front to play.
Where is Duje Caleta-Car in your hierarchy? Would you like to keep it, despite its complex contractual situation?
The situation is special for him, he has one year left on his contract. The club is paying attention to that. He suffered all this at the start of the preparation, he was a little late. He played little, suddenly, but he is a strong and important player.
Arriving in Marseille on Wednesday, can Éric Bailly start on Sunday? What can it bring you?
Sunday, no, it will not start. But he’s a top player, I know him well, we’re all happy to have him. He only has training in his legs at the moment, we will have to see his condition. The small problem we have is that we are going to play matches, and there will be less time for training. He will have to fit right away into our way of playing.
“The coach does not always have to absolutely adapt to his group, and vice versa, you have to find a happy medium. »
How do you judge the evolution of your team since the start of the Championship?
There were good things, others that I didn’t like, where I expected more. It is a vast subject, complicated to face. What you see on the pitch on Sunday is a mix of different things, the personality of a coach, the characteristics of the players, their past, the playing time they have had, their experiences abroad. It’s always a question mark, it takes time for the coach to leave an imprint on his squad. We have to improve, but we can’t have everything either, we can’t repeat exactly what we’ve done elsewhere. The coach does not always have to absolutely adapt to his group, and vice versa, a happy medium must be found.
In August 2021, the Nice-OM match had degenerated, with unreal situations. How do you approach this very hot encounter?
I hope everything will go well, that the referee, the players, the supporters will be up to it. I was told what happened last season, I regret it, these are things to avoid. Rivalry, okay, but you have to keep a cool head. It’s a show, a match in front of parents and children. I hope the situation will remain normal.
What do you think of your opponent from Nice?
At the level of the timetable (Sunday 3 p.m.), it’s good to have a match in the afternoon, like the other teams, after three matches in the evening. Nice is a club that has invested a lot, has strong players, it’s very stimulating to face a team like that. I always liked this type of matches, even when I was a player, I hope the players will have the right state of mind. Three points are always three points, whether it’s this weekend or next. »