|Job||xxxx Football Coach|
|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Coach||Lyon FC|
2015 03 07 Retrieve
[Rudi Garcia on Roma’s struggles] I have suffered divine punishment for saying we could win the league
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]
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Lyon manager Rudi Garcia hailed the actions of Depay after the match, stressing the former Manchester United man showed real signs of leadership by standing up for Marcelo] Memphis Depay is a real captain: he acted and spoke as a captain. It shows all the cohesion, solidarity and character of this group
Tonight I am happy for the club, for president [Jean-Michel] Aulas, now we must be capable of being ambitious, even if we get drawn against a big fish in the next round. This is also Sylvinho’s qualification, who was responsible for half of the points we obtained in this Champions League group stage
2019 12 13 Retrieve
[Captain, leader, maverick: Depay thriving as civil war looms at Lyon] He’s a real captain and he’s acted and spoken like a captain. It shows the strength and unity of this team
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. 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 02 25 Retrieve
[Rudi Garcia says Cristiano Ronaldo is still among the best players on the planet] I don’t know him but he’s a great professional. He works more than the others, both before and after sessions. It is interesting for the sport to have such players. He is among the best on the planet and it’s nice to face him. There is no anti-Ronaldo plan - we have to deal with all of their champions. If we need an anti-Ronaldo plan, we need an anti-Dybala plan, an anti-Higuain plan. There are too many good players on this team to solve problems individually. We’re going to have to solve them collectively
2020 02 26 Retrieve
[Juve should have little trouble overcoming a struggling Lyon side still shorn of the services of Memphis Depay] If we go through it would be a great achievement. Especially without Depay, who is our Cristiano Ronaldo. Imagine Juve without CR7!
2020 03 05 Retrieve
[Rudi Garcia highly values reported £35m West Ham and Leicester target Bertrand Traore] Bertrand Traore’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
2020 06 16 Retrieve
[Lyon coach Rudi Garcia has stated the club have not received any offers for striker Moussa Dembele or midfielder Houssem Aouar] I hope that Houssem Aouar will stay. Him and Moussa Dembele. I can tell you categorically that we have not received any offers for them. I am told that Memphis is also not on the list of possible departures
We are looking for a central defender. Numerically, we only have three. We need leadership, but we are looking at young defenders, rather than those who are more seasoned. I don’t know if financially it will be possible