"We started with a short break that the players, the coaching staff, everyone needed. Then we started preparing every day for this match against Lyon. It's been a long time since we've had so long to prepare for a game. We trained well, with lots of ball games and a nearly full-strength squad. I think we're ready."

"The time off allowed a few players to get over their injuries, notably Javier Pastore, who is a lot better and not feeling any pain in his adductor. Marco Verratti won't be ready and will sit out the Lyon game, along with Angel Di Maria, who worked well this morning and didn't have any problem running. But he won't be risked."

"We are very motivated for the match against Lyon who are one of France's best sides, who dominated the championship for a long time and boast a very colourful president. We will also be playing in their new stadium for the first time... these are all factors that motivate us. It's a special match. I hope we will be as determined for all our upcoming matches because our mission is always to win, home or away."

"You need to analyse the decision that has been made. He will rejoin the first team squad, but will be available for the reserves until that time. In a case such as this, a very difficult case, you have to try and make the right decision. There is also the legal side of things to be taken into account. That can make things more complicated. The club made its decision yesterday after discussion involving all parties. I think the most suitable decision was made."