Olympique Lyonnais is in turmoil. It all started on Sunday night after the 3-2 defeat, synonymous with non-qualification in the Champions League. In front of journalists, Rudi Garcia announced his departure at the end of his contract on June 30, while slipping a tackle at Juninho since he declared that he could no longer continue under these conditions. Relations between the two men deteriorated over time, the sporting director reproaching the French coach in particular for his management of the workforce, especially Brazilian players. On Monday, OL officially ended their collaboration with Rudi Garcia. Tuesday, the latter decided to settle accounts with “Juni” during an interview with The team.
Juninho strikes back
“Here, there was too much dissension in my relationship with Juni. It went well at first. Things started to go wrong without me noticing. After two or three victories in November, the sports director no longer came to congratulate me. I found that when the Brazilian rookies weren’t playing, he wasn’t happy. He would have preferred to win, but with his players. He’s invested a lot, and that’s a quality, but I certainly think he had to promise them to start. (…) At the winter break, I went to see Vincent Ponsot, and I said to him: “What’s going on? What is Juni looking for, to take the job? It is not possible to continue like this? . I’ll give him the keys if he wants them. “” He then indicated that Bruno Cheyrou and Vincent Ponsot also had differences with Juninho, who put free kicks against his side according to Garcia.
Defended by Jean-Michel Aulas on Twitter, the Brazilian, who refused to react in the press, decided to break the silence this Wednesday on OLTV. And he admitted to being surprised by this media release. “I am surprised. I never imagined he was going to do something like this. It’s part of his character. I did not expect that. It felt like it had been prepared before. He spoke about personal things. I knew he was going to do something, it’s part of his character. No, I didn’t feel like I was betrayed, I knew his character. We are betrayed by our true friends. He was not someone I was close to and humanly, I did not like him very much. “
Jean Lucas, the beginning of the quarrel between the two men
Then he responded to Garcia’s attacks on Juninho defending only Brazilian players. “No, the whole problem I had with Rudi was that he had differences in treatment, he was strong with the weaker ones, and weak with the stronger ones. (…) Regarding the Brazilians, it started with Jean Lucas. He’s the first player I brought to OL. We paid 8 million euros at the time. I think he was a player for us, other clubs wanted him. After Sylvinho leaves, Rudi arrives and says that tactically he had some shortcomings, that he had to improve. It bothered me a bit because he always performed well in training. Time passed and Rudi insisted that we lend Jean Lucas. I insisted on the contrary. ”
He pursues : “After a match at the stadium, he will shake hands with Jean Lucas’ father with whom things are not going well and he took it personally. We can’t blame the player for that. At the end of 2020, he said that Jean Lucas had to be loaned, that he was not progressing tactically. I said it was our fault that he didn’t progress. I asked for the stats and Jean Lucas had better stats than the other midfielders. The physical trainer (Paolo Rongoni) came to see me several times to tell me that Jean was looking up. I told him to give an opportunity with the best and then we’ll see. After discussions with the player, his father and his agents, Jean left for Brest. “
The Bruno Guimarães case recorded the divorce with Garcia
Another thorny case, that of Bruno Guimarães, caught in the flu by Garcia listening to Juninho. “I found that with Bruno, he started to lose confidence. He told me he thought he had started to lower his level and I said it was normal as he hadn’t been there for long. During the video sessions, he started to criticize Bruno, but only Bruno. It’s not good. All of our backgrounds are strong and complementary. He doesn’t know how to manage. ” Then comes the Houssem Aouar case, sanctioned by Juninho for refusing to train after a match in Angers.
“Houssem understood one thing, I understood another. It is my right as a sports director to make the decisions. I spoke with the president and it did not penalize the athlete, our circles were all the same level and that would help Houssem to keep a cool head. The worst thing is different treatments. ” On his way, the sporting director of OL then settled accounts with the technician tricolor. “It is my duty as a sports director. I have often told Rudi that I did not choose the eleven but that I had the right to ask questions. I did not speak from behind. My desk is next to his, that’s not true. ”
Juni destroys the French coach
It makes : “It’s true that I didn’t let him choose the players in the transfer window, but it’s my job. And that, I think he was not used to that. Me, I let the rope pull and at one point, I explode. And that’s how it happened. When I asked a question, he would tell me: “I don’t know, I don’t know anything.” People tell me I don’t have the experience, but the people who tell me haven’t been a sports director either. But I think the human relationship is at the heart of everything. ”
He adds : “Rudi, he has a total lack of self-confidence and suddenly he always wants to show that he is handsome, that he is strong, if he can talk and see himself on TV, he is happy. He is really cold, humanly, he has no feelings for the people around and if you don’t have any, you have a hard time understanding. “ Finally, he concluded: “If people aren’t happy, aren’t in the project, it’s not going to work. And I felt that my way of being with others bothered Rudi, because he is humanly cold. ” Here is Rudi Garcia dressed for winter and all other seasons!