Patrice Lair: We will regain our superiority over the Germans
Lotta has a small chance, but Goessling did something great. Lotta had an extraordinary season and scored a lot of goals. She’s in a good position, and I hope she will at least be in the top 3. It’s a shame that there are no French players on the list. Louisa Necib had a good season, it’s disappointing, and Wendie Renard too even if it is more difficult in the defensive section.
Kumagai is a plus. It’s a little more difficult for Mélissa because she knew when she came here that she would not be my first choice to start a game, so she needs to keep going and work harder. She pulled a muscle recently, which I think it was caused more by fatigue than anything else. Megan Rapinoe is much better. She played a ‘correct’ match against Yzeure on Sunday, but she returned from the USA a little tired. She has been good since her return, much better than six months before.
In the absence of Franco, I will adapt. Sabrina Viguier might play. I can also move Saki Kumagai or Wendie Renard to the right side. Mélissa Plaza did not play this weekend, but she can play on one side. Or Lara Dickenmann could play to the right, with Amel Majri on the left. I have several solutions.
I think the match will be at the highest level. To go there, is like going to hell. I remember two years ago, we drew 0-0 and then won 5-1 but it was very, very difficult.
State of mind
They (the players) are revengeful. We were beaten by a German team in the final, we want to regain our superiority over German football. We absolutely want to restore the French colours in women’s football.
Freely translated extracts from an interview with Patrice Lair by Oicem Saidoun for Foot d’Elles, photo from UEFA.com.