Antoine Kombouaré

Facing the media this Saturday afternoon, Antoine Kombouaré took stock before the meeting on Sunday afternoon (5:05 p.m.). As a reminder, the Yellow and Green will host RC Lens, as part of the 8th day of L1. Find his press conference below.

THE HEALTH POINT

Antoine KOMBOUARÉ: “Fabio (suspended) will be absent. He also has a toenail problem and it’s very painful. He couldn’t train. Moussa (Sissoko) had a small crutch but I was told said it was not serious. He was in treatment yesterday. Today he will be fit for training and will be there normally in the group.”

PREPARATION SINCE THE END OF THE MATCH IN BAKU

“Yesterday, there was a jog and a lot of stretching for those who played on Thursday. For the others, we pushed a little more. The idea is to recover. Today, we will do one little more. But really, we need to rest the bodies so that the team is ready physically but above all mentally.”

REASSURE THE GROUP?

“We have to discuss, exchange, listen to the players and above all, recharge the batteries. Reassure? They are professionals. Of course there is disappointment, anger because we don’t like to lose. Now, We’re going to see what means we’re going to put in place and what springs the players have to get back to the front. We analyzed our last performances, we discussed. Now, we’re focused on tomorrow and the desire to put out a great match .”

A CALL FOR CHARACTER!

“I have so much confidence in the group, so much confidence in these players… It’s not a question of quality. Today, mentally, are we able to start again? To go and win the match tomorrow? These are the questions we ask ourselves.”

LAST YEAR’S MATCH, A CLICK. SAME THIS SEASON?

“We cannot compare with last year because the context is completely different. Today, Lens is very strong. They are third in the championship, with the 3rd attack and the 3rd defense. They have scored 16 goals. This team is generous and solid. Lens is moving forward while being able to attack with four or even five players. It’s not the same Lens as last year. They have raised the slider. Outside, they are on 15 matches without defeat over the two combined seasons. Lens is an opponent to be taken seriously. Tomorrow, we will have to be ready to deliver a great match!

THE LESS GOOD OF THE MOMENT…

“Have the discussions with the players been useful? The answer is tomorrow. We work and that’s part of what we put in place. Sometimes we talk to several people, depending on the position. Above all, we train and we give them energy, confidence. The discussions are only words but what counts are the matches we play and the points we win.”

THE TEAM EXECUTIVES

“There are team leaders, executive players. Now we are judged on matches and on points. It’s important to talk together but I would say that it’s my work. When we win, I have “not much to do”. It’s now that it’s interesting. And at the same time, it’s good to see the players on whom we can count today . It’s up to us to find the solutions.”

FEWER DOUBTS AT HOME THAN OUTSIDE…

“We’ll see tomorrow. But on the latest results, yes we feel stronger when we are pushed by our fans, at home. Even if there is not always the result, we play good matches here. Now, it has to materialize as much as possible with the three points.”

FIND A CERTAIN DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY

“Obviously the goals conceded, either the opponents play the shot well, or we play the shot badly. At the moment, we are defending badly. Everyone. There is no first curtain capable of pressing in front. In the middle , we don’t scratch enough balls. And behind, we have to win the duels. We are friable, despite good first halves in Lorient and Qarabag.”

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THE LENS MATCH

“I can’t wait to see what face we’re going to show tomorrow. Because there’s the game, the tactics, the animation of the scheme put in place, but then there’s also the temperament of the players. It’s up to us to display a form of revolt tomorrow, compared to what we produce. You have to have self-esteem, pride. While playing a great football match.”

RESPOND IN DIFFICULTY…

“It’s interesting to see how we react in these moments. Tomorrow, we have to be present. The players are disappointed with their performance. I let them know when it’s good but also when it’s not so good. J love my players, I trust them, but I know how to expect them tomorrow.”

TALKING ABOUT THE PAST, TWO YEARS AGO?

“No, that’s all in the past. Now I like matches where it’s very complicated, in the hard. It’s a great test that awaits the team tomorrow. Either we get slapped or we find light and joy, victory, confidence.”

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BE THE FIRST TEAM TO BEAT LENS…

“Yes, that would be good for us. It’s a great team coming tomorrow and therefore a very big test. I like that.”

THE INTERNATIONAL TRUCE

“It will only do good if we win tomorrow. The truce, I don’t think about it. We spend it well with the positive otherwise, we will live it less well. The competitor that I am, does not want to think about it with a defeat tomorrow. It will take a great FC Nantes at La Beaujoire.”

THE DEFENSE AT 4 OR AT 5?

“It depends on the players I have at my disposal. I have to take that into account. There is no system. We won with 5, we also had big matches with 4, like against Olympiakos. Above all, who are the men in form at the moment? Who can I count on? We will have a final discussion with them to be ready.”

THE GROUP

“I’m very happy with my group and I have confidence in them! I’m working to get the best results with the players at my disposal. We need this victory to follow up and set up a positive series. We stay on two setback, six goals conceded. I’m waiting for my players around the corner.”

RC LENS

“The work done by the management, by Franck Haise, is tremendous. The players who make up this squad have also been doing great things and growing in strength for two years. This formation is generous, puts intensity in what it does She is also spectacular and I enjoy watching this training on TV I may not be very objective (laugh).”

RANDAL KOLO MUANI IN BLUE

“I am very happy for him, for the work he has done with those around him. It is a reward but he must know that it is only a stage. Going there once is good but you have to do everything to stay there. That’s all the harm I wish him. RKM at the World Cup? It’s too far for me.”

Antoine Kombouaré – ”The team must be ready to deliver a great match”