“What did you think of the game?
It was a very rhythmic match against a team that is in the middle of its Championship, so physically, tactically and technically ready. Concerning us, there were good offensive combinations. I liked the way my players put pressure on the pitch loud and clear, which allowed us to be dangerous and create a lot of situations for ourselves. We are evolving in a new system, in 3-4-1-2, so we have to assimilate it. We experienced a lot of imbalances and thus conceded far too many situations on our goal. It’s a big line of work for the coming weeks to want, to be able, to have a lot of people offensively and at the same time to be able to keep a fair balance. You have to try to quickly find adjustments and compensations to avoid being caught in transition situations.
Will this tactical device (3-4-1-2) last all season?
Yes, we made two friendlies and we also work every day in training this scheme. But, afterwards, there is always adaptation. There is also a reflection to work in another system while remaining very dangerous offensively.
“The group is working very well. If you have no ego, you have no champions. And without champions, you don’t win. »
Why weren’t Verratti, Navas and Paredes on the sheet?
Leandro Paredes felt a little muscle discomfort at the end of the session, nothing serious, and we hope to recover it by the end of the tour. Marco Verratti resumed with a pain in the instep at the beginning of July and we decided not to involve him, because he only had 5 collective sessions with us. As for Keylor Navas, it’s a question of playing time, he will play a large part of the second match against the Urawa Reds.
Where are you in your learning of this group, in the reciprocal seduction?
I hope they are not in the seduction because I am not in a game of seduction. I am in the discovery of this extraordinary group. The group works very well. If you have no ego, you have no champions. And without champions, you don’t win. From what I’ve seen for two weeks, the group lives well and laughs well together.