Rudi Garcia, OL coach, considers the communication game necessary from the sidelines but regrets that the players are taking advantage of the camera to intensify their cries and mislead the referees.
Even private, the stadiums are not lacking in atmosphere. As the end of the season draws near, the decibels rise from the sidelines for all kinds of reasons: cheering on players, complaining about the refereeing or getting into a fool’s game with opponents. For Rudi Garcia, this theatrical side is essential to carry his troops and mark his territory.
“A battle of communication”
“There is a battle of communication, estimated the coach of the OL, this Thursday in a press conference. You release something. If you play a silent team opposite, you quickly take the ascendancy by saying to yourself: ‘They are not motivated, they do not encourage each other, it’s not a real team. We encourage a lot, we show when it’s good. I watched the Champions League this week and it was the same thing. When there are good deeds, we hear the whole bench protesting. “
The absence of an audience amplifies the sounds and gives a little heat to the game. But it also causes some abuse, according to Garcia. “The downside of playing behind closed doors is that the players have understood that yelling loudly when they are hit – even when they are barely pressed on the tip of the right toe – can also influence decisions. . This is not the good side of the camera. You have to keep your measure, that there is respect for the opponent, the players and the staff. “
In the excitement, it is not always easy to contain himself and Garcia is well placed to know it since he was suspended in the last two games after his exclusion against Monaco in the Coupe de France for having made comments against referee Stéphanie Frappart.
“If there had been a public, I would have stayed the whole match on my sidelines, estimated the technician. I moaned all alone in my corner. I was sanctioned for something that was not disrespectful and that would not have been heard if there had been an audience. It is the reverse effect of playing in camera. “