Asked by Canal +, Rudi Garcia returned to the heated exchange between him and the Dutchman Memphis Depay, the day after OL’s draw against Lens (1-1) on April 4. The striker had some things to reproach his coach with.
The day after a draw against Lens (1-1) which ejected OL from the podium in early April, Rudi Garcia had a heated discussion with his captain Memphis Depay (16 goals and 9 assists in Ligue 1), holder the day before. The Dutchman complains of being tired and criticizes his coach for not sparing him enough. The French technician then replied, telling him: “You had to play less in the selection.”
“Against Gibraltar when you were leading 3-0 and you were thinking of only one thing, to score an extra goal for your stats, according to the comments reported by Rudi Garcia himself, confirming what Canal + had echoed. Olympique Lyonnais, yes. “
Garcia: “He’s a great professional”
Memphis Depay tries to justify himself by explaining that he is the captain of a team which is playing its qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: “Except that when you lead 3-0, or even 4-0, and that he had already scored a goal…, objected the coach. I told him, in front of the others and in front of everyone. And I know that, somewhere, he knows that I am right. But, we can not him take away this competitive side that makes him want to play every game, 90 minutes, to score all the time, to make his team win. And then there is this face side. So that day, we were got into it. Because I want to win with OL, and I’ll be stronger if I have a Memphis Depay with more energy. It’s that simple. “
Despite their disagreements which persist between the two men, and which lead to this type of confrontation, Rudi Garcia has the greatest respect for the one he made captain, without ever regretting his decision: “He did not have a youth easy and I think Memphis is emotional, under his appearance of star, rapper, because you need other things than football, but I think it’s his balance, so you have to respect it. He’s a great competitor, he’s a great professional, that’s what’s good about Memphis. “