Claude Puel : "Play at our best level"
Determined to lead his players to the final of the Coupe de France, the General Manager knows that a qualification will be earned with a successful start against Stade Rennais.
How do you explain the difficulties that your team has experienced during the beginning of matches?
It’s difficult to explain. A successful start is essential to mark your territory and gain confidence. Lyon was not very resourceful during the first ten minutes, but since we were not aggressive enough we suffered and our adversary was able to impose their game. We must start in the best manner the game. Our recent trips show that this is a problem to solve. We must carry on regardless and take advantage of the support of our fans in order to change course against Rennes.
What does a Coupe de France semi-final represent?
What interests me, is that we give ourselves the means to win. I do not want to speculate on what this match represents. The matches, you have to play them! We must remain concentrated on our output, not on the consequences of a match. There is not any projection to make beyond the components we will have to put in place in order to win this match. The Coupe de France is obviously an objective. How could we say the opposite the day before playing a semi-final. We have to play at our best level. We are capable of doing good things in sequences. From now on, we have to do so over the course of an entire match.
What is your opinion of Stade Rennais?
We revived Rennes when we played there. I hope that Rennes will in turn revive us. It’s a competitive team, capable of imposing their game and counter-attack. Despite everything, the end of the match depends on us, that’s my credo. Sunday, we were able to do good things against Lyon. My works consists of allowing my players to relax and give it their all.
Mahdi Camara preceded you in the press room. How do you judge his contribution to the team?
Few people were counting on him. When I arrived, I discovered a player with great physical skills and a great mindset, someone that gives their all. He has progressed a lot by simplifying his game. In regards of his base qualities, he has evolved and improved a lot. He’s a reliable person, with a club spirit.
- Saturday 14 Mar Official statement ASSE suspends its activities
- Sunday 08 Mar #ASSEFCGB Claude Puel : "We deserved much better"
- Saturday 07 Mar #ASSEFCGB Claude Puel : "In combat mode"
- Friday 06 Mar #ASSESRFC ASSE 2-1 Stade Rennais : the highlights
- Friday 06 Mar #ASSESRFC Claude Puel: "I congratulate them
- Wednesday 04 Mar #ASSESRFC Claude Puel : "Play at our best level"
- Wednesday 04 Mar #ASSESRFC Mahdi Camara : "A match unlike any other"
- Monday 02 Mar #Derby OL 2-0 ASSE : The highlights
- Sunday 01 Mar #Derby Claude Puel : "Move forward"
- Friday 28 Feb #DERBY Claude Puel : "Twice as much motivation"
- Friday 28 Feb #DERBY Yohan Cabaye : "Play with our head and our heart"
- Tuesday 25 Feb #ASSESDR Win a shirt signed by William Saliba
- Monday 24 Feb #ASSESDR Behind the scenes
- Sunday 23 Feb #ASSESDR Claude Puel : "Looking forward"
- Friday 21 Feb #ASSESDR Claude Puel : "React all together"
- Friday 21 Feb #ASSESDR Loïs Diony : "I am a warrior"
- Sunday 16 Feb #SB29ASSE Claude Puel : "Be aware of the situation"
- Saturday 15 Feb #SB29ASSE Claude Puel : "With the right mindset"
- Friday 14 Feb #SASASSE Claude Puel : "A true cup match"
- Wednesday 12 Feb #SASASSE William Saliba : "Seize our chance"
- Monday 10 Feb #MHSCASSE MHSC 1-0 ASSE : The highlights
- Sunday 09 Feb #MHSCASSE Claude Puel : "We need confidence"
- Friday 07 Feb #MHSCASSE Franck Honorat : "Quickly win again"
- Thursday 06 Feb #ASSEOM ASSE 0-2 OM : The highlights
- Wednesday 05 Feb #ASSEOM Claude Puel : "We gave it our all"
- Tuesday 04 Feb #ASSEOM Claude Puel : "We have to work our butts off"
- Tuesday 04 Feb #ASSEOM Loïc Perrin : "Show that we're not where we should be"
- Sunday 02 Feb #FCMASSE Claude Puel : "A lesson of efficiency"
- Wednesday 29 Jan #ASMASSE AS Monaco 0-1 ASSE : The highlights
- Wednesday 29 Jan #ASMASSE Claude Puel : "The victory of a team"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASMASSE Claude Puel : "We want to continue the adventure in the cup"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASMASSE Denis Bouanga : "We want to qualify"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASSENO ASSE 2-1 Nîmes : The highlights
- Saturday 25 Jan #ASSENO Claude Puel : "We had to fight"
- Thursday 23 Jan #ASSENO Claude Puel : "We'll have to fight"
- Thursday 23 Jan #ASSENO Wahbi Khazri : "Capable of doing great things"
- Sunday 19 Jan #PFCASSE Paris FC 2-3 ASSE : The highlights
- Saturday 18 Jan #PFCASSE Claude Puel : "We're building ourselves up in a difficult period"
- Friday 17 Jan #PFCASSE Claude Puel : "Desire to react"
- Friday 17 Jan #PFCASSE Yohan Cabaye : "Confidence is super important"