“I have provided bottles for the sidelines, no problem”, joked Rudi Garcia Thursday at a press conference, when he was asked about the youth of the players he will have available on Saturday (5 p.m.) against Lorient (day 36). The OL coach will indeed be deprived of four suspended players (Depay, Caqueret, De Sciglio and Marcelo). Four other elements are very uncertain, namely Islam Slimani, Djamel Benlamri, Melvin Bard and Jason Denayer.
“No matter who we play with, I could put the staff, we will be motivated”
Garcia admitted that it was “A real puzzle” to constitute a starting XI. “We will put the best possible team. No matter who we play with, I could put the staff, we will be motivated. We changed the dynamic in Monaco, we absolutely want to win this match and be third on Saturday at 7 p.m. We play a very dangerous Lorient team. It will not be simple, but through the door or the window, we want to take the three points. “
Thiago Mendes in central defense?
If Jason Denayer and Djamel Benlamri can’t play, he could set Thiago Mendes back a notch and bring the Brazilian midfielder into an unusual center-back position. “If we look at the players in the workforce who are not defenders by profession, one of the first who comes to mind to help out is Thiago Mendes. Even if he has never played in this position, he has the characteristics to do so. He is an intelligent player, he has a good technical quality, of recovery. He’s athletic, he has a good head game. I hope not to be forced to play it there and that we will recover other defenders. It is not excluded that we play three in central defense against Lorient. […] There are young people, too … “