AT HOME TO LENS
"We need the three points tomorrow. With all due respect to Lens, victory is indispensable. We are playing at home and I'm hoping for a maximum of motivation and determination to win and then focus on the Champions League match against Chelsea. Lens will be doing everything they can to get a result. So we have prepare very seriously."
THE RETURN OF ZLATAN…
"Zlatan needs toplay to his strengths, without putting extra pressure on himself to have to play well. He has plenty of experience and I have every confidence in his ability to deal with his return to the squad. He's ready, he has recovered well and worked hard in training. Now he needs to get his match fitness up. The Lens match will do him good ahead of Chelsea."
… AND THIAGO MOTTA
"It's important to get our players back from injury because we have a very busy calendar. The good news is Thiago Motta is available again. He hasn't played for three weeks, so we have to be a bit careful with him. He is a very important player in my squad, but he needs to be in good physical shape to play his best football. I will also tell you that Thiago Silva will not be in the squad for Lens. I want him to rest because he has played a lot of football recently."
"This match should help us prepare for Chelsea on Wednesday as well as the other matches we have coming up between now and the end of the season. We need to keep building on our good performances, no matter the opponent. Tomorrow's team will be different to Wednesday's, but the quality must remain the same. That has been the case recently and I'm very happy about that."
"Chelsea is not the central topic of discussion between me and my players. I put Chelsea out of my mind to prepare for the two games against Monaco. I hope will have their minds on Lens come 17:00 CET on Saturday. We will then have plenty of time to focus on Wednesday's game. It's an important match, and we will be starting with a handicap, so we will have to go looking for the qualification, without putting too much pressure on ourselves."