Replay | Rudi Garcia's pre-match press conference

30 mar 2018
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Watch Rudi Garcia's pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's match between Dijon - OM.
The available players

"Florian Thauvin will not be present in Dijon. For the rest of us, it is necessary to wait for the next training where we are all together. Hiroki Sakai still has a muscle problem. I hope he will be able to participate in Friday's session and Saturday's meeting. Absences? I hope they will be short. When there are absences for a match, it is not very serious. This allows us to rotate players. But they must not drag on. On Saturday, my starting lineup will be competitive and ready to win."

Dijon's momentum

"Dijon is an impressive home team. Their last defeat at home was in October against Paris. That says something. In this team, I find that there is a lot of heart and enthusiasm. It plays well and has virtually ensured its stay in Ligue 1 for next year. At one point, the coach wanted to change the approach to the game. We had discussed it. He did well to change nothing and he has results. The challenge is even more exciting for us. We must go to Dijon to take the three points. We go with ambition."

Looking back on the loss to Lyon

“That defeat hurt everyone. I be the first to say it. But the next day, you have to go back and get ready to the fight again and that's what I did. With the international break, I did not have the whole of my group to debrief this meeting. We will fix it and start again. "

The end of the season

"It promises to be exciting. We are in the home stretch. It is necessary to go as far as possible in the league and in the UEFA Europa League. Monaco has widened the gap ahead of us. They are seven points clear of us right now. But mathematically, everything remains possible. In the race for third place, we have our destiny in hands. It's up to us to keep it. I do not know on the possible challenges to come. We must not allow ourselves any doubts. There is no room for error."

Kostas Mitroglou's form

"He came with to a difficult situation. He knew just two others. But we worked with him. Now, he even speaks little, it is affective. I think he really appreciated the support of the staff and his team-mates when he was away. He's coming back. He will be an important asset in this end of the season. At the start of the game against Lyon, the public cheered him. And he scored. He needs to score goals. It's good for his confidence."

Press Conference