|Job||xxxx Football Coach|
|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Coach||Lyon FC|
2016 03 09 Retrieve
[on Francesco Totti] Totti is exemplary on the pitch. When I saw him play, I said to myself that he is not just one top player but he is simply one of the greatest players in the history of football. I can say that Totti is a humble person. He has never missed a training session, he has never asked for preferential treatment even if he is 37.
He is a person that adores football and who is always there. Perhaps he is not a leader in the changing room. Totti is not the one that starts to shout in order to motivate the troops but he is appreciated by his team-mates because he is an intelligent person, who is always ready to joke, and that is something positive
2016 03 10 Retrieve
[on Francesco Totti] For me he is one of the very best players in the history of the sport, and someone with great qualities as a man
2019 11 14 Retrieve
[Club president Jean-Michel Aulas led a standing ovation at Groupama Stadium for the baby-faced playmaker as Cherki’s appearance off the bench proved to be the highlight of Rudi Garcia’s first match in charge following the sacking of Sylvinho] There is no pressure for young players to play. I’m alone in my sporting choices
Lyon’s training centre is of high quality with talented young players. Cherki is perhaps the headliner of the academy, and he came into play because he is a talented kid.
We will take it little by little, but if young players can bring something to this group, I would not deprive myself [of them]
2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Rayan Cherki already has Mbappe’s backing but Lyon sensation must keep his feet on the ground] I don’t want to downplay what he did on his stats because we’re going to praise him to the skies,” Garcia admitted in the aftermath. He must listen and work again because he’s still not arrived. He’s off the mark but I must say that he was clever in his choices and made a strong defensive effort. If he continues like this, he will continue to progress
[If the player’s attitude was not exemplary, Lyon’s board have been reassured by the confirmation that he has loved ones who will not let him get carried away with his new-found fame] I think Rayan is surrounded by very good people. He is polite and attentive. You’re not like that without a quality entourage. We all keep telling him that he will have the career he deserves if he continues to work. The danger is to make him believe that he is already one of the best players on the planet
[Thankfully, Lyon’s staff are well used to successfully managing such hype] Gerard Houllier had this with Steven Gerrard, who he started at 17 years old. He played 15 games, then 25 and then started to play whole seasons. I had the same with Eden Hazard at Lille. You have to watch, see how the player behaves and be careful.
2020 01 24 Retrieve
[Lyon coach Rudi Garcia confirms move for Hertha target Lucas Tousart] It is very good news to be able to keep Lucas Tousart. He should be loaned to us for the second half of the season
2020 03 05 Retrieve
[Rudi Garcia highly values reported £35m West Ham and Leicester target Bertrand Traore] He’s a player, a man I like. A left-hander, an attacker, a dribbler, we need it. We worked with Bertrand to make him less readable.
He can overflow his right foot, play with others, in one touch. He can do very, very good things. He will finish the season better than he started. I highly value him, he needs to be given confidence