Laurent Koscielny: “I was able to marry football with family.”

Speaking to BeIN Sports after Bordeaux’s draw with Lyon, Laurent Koscielny discussed the game, his move and playing in a back 3.

On having the opportunity to do better than today’s 1-1 scoreline:

I think before the match we would have taken a point. But maybe in terms of how the game went and the red card, we could’ve taken the 3 points. We have to admit that with the final pass we weren’t always clinical enough. But in the game we tried to produce what we planned for during the week. We tried to respect the wishes of the coach, playing from the back, even if it meant taking risks. But you have to have courage to pass the ball out from the back and it is what he wants so, yes, I think tonight we did good things. It was difficult, with the heat, Lyon remain a very good side who are programmed to play in the Champions’ League and for the title. For us it is positive. Now we are going to keep our feet on the ground, it is a good point, but we need to keep working, there are some things to fix with our game, but the squad is receptive and hard-working, and that is positive for the future.

On his decision to move to Bordeaux:

As I have said, if I could marry the footballing side with family life that was something that was important to me after spending 9 years in England. With my family we wanted to return to France. The choice of Bordeaux was completely natural, to be able align both, a project that allows me to continue to develop, I am happy to be one of the first involved in this project and my family is also happy to live in Bordeaux, so everything is perfect to feel happy.

On what is missing in this Bordeaux side:

I think that the difference will be made in our spirit and commitment each weekend. We know that we do not have the individuals that the biggest sides have, but the commitment, fighting for each other, trying to apply the intentions of the coach by passing out from the back and offering options to team-mates, we can do good things. But we need to remain humble, feet on the ground, now we have 15 days to work ahead of two very important home games.

On whether he prefers being part of a 3 at the back or a 4:

I adapt, I have experienced nearly all the tactical systems, but you have to play according to the players we have on the pitch, some of them are more used to 3-4-3 others to 4-4-2. At the end of the day it depends on the coach and the team that we are playing against. I adapt to my team-mates.


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