"We have named 19 players for tomorrow's trip. Julian (Draxler), Layvin (Kurzawa) and Hatem (Ben Arfa) will stay here to receive treatment, so won't be making the trip. Grzegorz (Krychowiak) has returned to training with the squad but he also needs a bit more time."
THE MATCH IN METZ
"Another week has gone by and the gap on the table hasn't changed. Tomorrow night we have the chance to draw level on points - provisionally - with Monaco, but we mustn't focus on them, nor on Nice, who are still in the race. We have to prepare well so we can play good football and get the three points in Metz tomorrow. After that, we'll be able to look a bit further ahead to our next match, against Montpellier. We need to stay focused; all the matches we have left to play will be difficult ones against sides who also need points in order to achieve their objectives."
THE TITLE RACE
"Whether it's Monaco, Nice or us, everyone is used to playing a lot of matches. Fatigue can be a factor, but the big teams are prepared to suffer and play through it. Once again, we're playing against sides who need points, be it to beat the drop or for whatever other reason, and it's up to us to take the upper hand and make the right adjustments to stay in the title race until the very end."
"I think the team feels good; the second half of the season reflects that. We demand the very best in order to have consistent performances; we have to think about work and what we need to improve on every day; we have to constantly think about these things and look to improve. The club is solid and continues to grow. The team is playing very well and feeling better and better. We know what we have to do tomorrow in order to stay on this track: keep this positive frame of mind and maintain this dynamic."
THE HOLDING MIDFIELD ROLE
"I talk a lot with Adrien (Rabiot), Thiago Motta and the coaching staff. Adrien knows how to play the holding role, as a number six or a number eight. You have to remember that Motta started as number eight at Barcelona. I'm lucky enough to have versatile players who can adapt to different roles. Adrien can play in a number of positions and he continues to learn and grow. If he can get the job done in a number of positions, then that's great for him and for the club."