“Pretend it was Paris SG or Lyon”: OM coach Gennaro Gattuso on Friday invited his players to “respect” those of Thionville, the N3 team they will face on Sunday in the 32nd round final of the Coupe de France.
“We must respect them. They have been undefeated for 11 matches, they beat an L2 to get there. If we think we'll get there, show off and play at 50%, we'll take a big hit on the nose and we'll remember it for the rest of our lives,” Gattuso said at a press conference.
“On the contrary, we must play with the knife between our teeth, pretending it was Paris SG or Lyon. It won't be a walk in Metz. It's going to be zero degrees and we're going to run into players who are living the dream of their lives and who want to eat us. It’s the history of the Cup, we know it. If we make this mistake, it’s because we haven’t understood anything,” added the Italian.
“I know that OM's last trophy dates back to 2012 and I know what happened in the Cup last season (elimination at home against Annecy after beating Rennes and PSG, editor's note). We must respect the competition and its incredible history,” Gattuso further explained.
“If we pass Thionville, we turn on the TV and watch the draw. The objective is to think match after match with great humility,” concluded the OM coach.