Coach, you are fifth (56 pts). Do you have the impression of having become the favorite in this class in third place, compared to Rennes and Strasbourg (3rd and 4th, 56 pts), which may seem less experienced?
(He blows). What people think is not important. We have to stay focused, whether we are favorites or not. This has changed all the time in recent months. Not long ago, everyone was saying that Rennes was already guaranteed to play in the Champions League. This was no longer the case two weeks later. We have to keep a good level and take as many points as possible. It’s what we can control, what we have in hand.
Are you going to rotate, with this third game in a week?
I’ll have to look at everyone’s recovery first. I can’t tell you who will be in the XI tomorrow. In Europe, in the five major championships and behind Atalanta Bergamo, we are the team that scores the most goals by its substitutes. This is only possible when everyone is involved. It is important to give energy at the end of the match. As we manage to keep a high tempo throughout the game, the opponent is tired and we have more chances of success. All the players in recent weeks have done the job when they come in. And it doesn’t matter if you play ten, twenty or ninety minutes. When success is there, nobody talks about the fact that a player has to participate in forty or ten games.
Do you know Pascal Dupraz?
I don’t really know him. I saw Saint-Etienne matches and players who were technically comfortable. They create a lot of action, try dribbling and have scored two goals in their last four games. It’s a big test for us.
The group has sometimes struggled against the poorly ranked L1 at the start of the season. He uses the impression to choose his matches. Do you think it safe from a fall?
I haven’t felt it recently, in a period when we had difficulties. And if that can be the case, now is a good time for players to prove otherwise.
It is impossible to see Diatta again before the end of the season
Golovin has been decisive in the last three games. What role can he play in this final sprint?
The same as with other attacking players: statistics, goals and assists. I also expect him to work without the ball. It is important. Right now the team is not playing well just because they are scoring goals. She is also united defensively. Thanks to that, we have been able to have a lot of clean sheets in recent months. I don’t want forwards who only think about their stats. Otherwise, another player will have his chance.
Has he regained his physical condition? Is he 100% in this area?
It’s not there yet. It’s been a very long time since he’s played four or five games in a row. We will see how he manages this situation physically, if he recovers and reacts well. If not, we will act.
Are you absent for this match in Saint-Etienne?
There are no absentees at the moment. Those C (Fabregas) will play tomorrow with the N2 (at 4 p.m. at the Louis-II against Aubagne). It will be behind closed doors because it was difficult to organize the match with supporters. Regarding Diatta, it is impossible to see him again before the end of the season. He is working well individually and he will be ready for the first training sessions of the next preparation.