“How do you see this match against Monaco, six points from third place?
There are only three points at stake, but he is a direct competitor who could almost be eliminated from the race for the Champions League. The important thing is to take an interest in us, to move forward, we have seen that success in Rheims (3-2, last Saturday) it was very important in accounting terms, we must continue in this spirit, we will take stock after Saint-Étienne (April 30, matchday 35) to see what we can expect.
It would still be quite decisive if you keep this margin of four points after the Monaco-Strasbourg sequence (Wednesday), right?
Yes, but then we will receive Lorient, which is such a difficult game, then Saint-Étienne, who is struggling to keep it, so we will take stock at the end of the month. We will also have, between Saint-Étienne and Nantes (May 11, day 36) a cut of twelve days, because the people who make the calendar had the good idea to put the final of the Coupe de France on a Saturday (7 out of) during a championship day (Out of 8).
we will play on wednesday (May 11, in Nantes) before hosting Marseille on Saturday (May 14, day 37), it’s very accommodating, really very well done for fairness… One day, we’ll be consulted before doing inconsistent things, maybe. But we will see after Saint-Étienne what we are capable of playing.
“We have a very offensive team, focused on the game, but from time to time you also have to be able to reform a block”
How do you see Monaco?
They are in a good series, they knew how to recover from a difficult moment. It’s a squad made up to qualify for the Champions League and play it, so it will be a great game like the one we had here against Paris. (2-0, October 3)lyons (4-1, November 7)Lilac (1-2, December 1) or Nice (1-2, December 12).
What do you need to delete?
It is especially the end of the game in Reims. We were very unbalanced because I think we forgot to defend together. We led 3-0, I don’t know if there was relaxation or something else, but from there, we made an inordinate effort to recover, we gave this team a chance to recover in the game.
We have a very offensive team, focused on the game, but from time to time we also have to be able to reform a block and be efficient collectively to recover the ball well and that is what we lacked at the end of the game. It’s a good warning, but we managed to hang on to these three very important points, an improvement compared to the beginning of the season.
How do your players feel under the pressure of the final sprint?
We are still a fairly young team in terms of age and experience too, we have to learn to manage our emotions, but I don’t feel anxiety or tension. And that must be one of our strengths at the end of the season because today we are very much within the objectives set at the beginning of the season and we have to focus on that. »