Michel: "Making a huge effort"24 feb 2016
The state of the Olympiens
"Without Aduriz's goal, the result of the first leg match would have been different. From now on me have to make a huge effort. But we would still be doing that if we had won the last three games. The locker room is frustrated since the team is playing well but not getting good results, especially at home. The players are disappointed but we're not giving up, we even showed that last Sunday: we were losing but at 10 against 11, we tied the score. The players are angry and sad but they're moving forward."
Vincent Labrune's intervention
"The president's interventions is good. Whether to encourage us or correct us, they are reassuring words. The encouragements from both within and without are positive."
OM's confidence level
"If you look at the rankings, OM is one of the best teams in away games and, even if we don't play well at home, that gives us confidence for Thursday. We will try to reduce Bilbao's opportunities."
The return of Benjamin Mendy
"We were thinking we could count on him during the last game but he wasn't feeling well. The return of Benjamin Mendy He seems well enough to play on Thursday. This will also mean that we have to make tactical and individual changes. In fact, he's the one who has to tell us how he is feeling."
His return to Spain
"It's very nice for me, and it's also is also in a traditional stadium. It's a joy, I feel a lot of enthusiasm about playing here, in this stadium."
An element of surprise?
"OM is a good team in counterattack, we get good results in away games with accurate and good players. But Bilbao won't give us an easy time. So we have to look for other solutions."
"He's a very important player for us, he really dominates the game in the midfield. He's a very good player."
Athletic Club Bilbao
"It's a strong team, an outstanding team. The stadium will make us forget the fatigue. Bilbao won't be tired and will play its best, like we will, by the way."
Beñat and Williams being absent
"That will be significant, but other players can and will replace them. Iturraspe and Elustondo can make up for their absence. We are facing eleven players, and they're all good players."