AS Saint-Etienne : OL (Olympique lyonnais football) | Before OL-ASSE: “Shall we no longer shake hands? I did not know” | ASSE News

After the long-awaited European feat, it was first a question of Juventus for Rudi Garcia and Léo Dubois, Friday before the press, two days before the derby.

“We displayed a good game, a good team spirit, we did not take a goal, it was very good but we will still have to go there. Tactically, we had prepared this match well, everyone respected Then the dilemma was not to be afraid of the confrontation and to compete against great players, but it was good also on that side, “testified the right side.

Meanwhile, his trainer is already planning and hopes to capitalize: “The future will tell us if indeed it will revive us, or re-revive us. But I hope that we will take advantage of this confidence capital, we is proven to ourselves that we can compete with a great team. As nobody believed us capable… “

“A precautionary principle which seems good to me”

Given the current context, there has been a lot of talk about the coronavirus. And if the Lyonnais does not yet plan on the situation for the return match in Italy, while the Youth League match in Bergamo has been postponed, the covid-19 and its current spread have pushed the medical cell to ban contacts between players from this Friday.

Léo Dubois did not know it anyway: “We must not shake hands anymore? I did not know … Internal directive on handshakes? I just learned it. That’s how it is. As top athletes, our body is essential. I don’t mind. These are problems that we all face. Even if at OL, we stay in our cocoon for a bit. “

Rudi Garcia added: “I’m going to shake hands with my guys, tell them, and after that it’s over. It’s a precautionary principle that I think is good.”

“We must first temper rather than stir up”

But of course, impossible to envisage a conference without question on the 120th derby to come, Sunday evening at Décines (9pm). Eager to make forget a first leg concluded by a dirty performance, a defeat in the money-time and the dismissal of Sylvinho, Léo Dubois wants to redeem himself, he who went out to go on injury.

And if Rudi Garcia launched not having seen the match go, he knows however how to approach such a match after having tasted some hot derbies: “It is not any more question of classification, just regional supremacy. I knew some important derbies, like Lille-Lens, or that of Rome. Yes, I live this in a passionate way, I have to focus on the game, the strategy, the game plan. The players will be motivated but will also have to keep a cool head “You have to play with your head and not just your heart of Lyon. For local players, you have to temper rather than stir up.”

Moreover, Léo Dubois admitted that the content of the derby was quite different from that of Nantes-Rennes, which he had known in the past: “There is more rivalry here, more pressure. You have to know how to wear it “I realized that when I signed here. You don’t realize it when you’re not there. And then the week of my first derby, I saw how essential it is.” “

Without Kenny Tete and probably Cornet facing ASSE

Deprived of Kenny Tete (suspended), and probably Maxwel Cornet (sprained ankle against Juve), uncertain, Rudi Garcia, who recovers Rafael, did not want to retain the current bad pass of ASSE, and shows confidence as for the good regeneration of his troops with four days of preparation.

He just agreed to admit to distrust Denis Bouanga (9 goals): “He is a very good player very involved because he scores or is involved in actions. It is not only him , but indeed, it is to be watched. ” ASSE will however be deprived of Khazri, Hamouma, Nordin and their goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier, still away from the pro group.

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