After qualifying for the Champions League quarter-final, the squad pulled out another great performance at Reims (winning 3-1). It looks like you're going for a sprint finish to the season...
We were really keen to get the three points at Reims, to keep us in touch with the top three. We did that and it means we can look forward to finishing the season strongly. It's going to be a crazy couple of months with the Champions League and Ligue 1. Bearing in mind the priority is for us to ensure we qualify for the Champions League again next season. We're going about our business quietly, nobody's expecting anything from us. If we're three points off the leaders with just a few matches left, then we can start dreaming. But for now, we're focused on securing Champions League football.
You started the reverse fixture against ASSE. What do you remember about them? What are their strengths?
They're a side packed with quality, they defend well and have a top goalkeeper (former Monegasque, Stéphane Ruffier). They have quite a few players in good form at the moment, but fortunately for us Max-Alain Gradel will be suspended for Friday's match. There should be a fair few Saint-Etienne fans at the Louis-II to support them. They're not fifth in the table for nothing. If we can beat them, it'll be a big step towards securing 4th place. But it's also a big opportunity for us with OM and PSG due to play each other next weekend.
At Reims last Sunday, and in the last match at the Louis-II, the crowd were chanting your name when you came on. Were you moved by that recognition from the Monegasque fans?
It's true that when I've come on in recent games, even if it's only for three minutes (laughs), the fans' support is really touching. I went over and thanked them at the end of the Reims game. They remember I've been here since the start, that I came through the ranks here. That's a huge source of pleasure for me. I love this club, I've never made any secret of that.
You're going through a slightly difficult period personally, with little pitch time. How are you approaching the season run-in?
Yes, it's a little tricky right now because I'm not playing so much. It's always frustrating when you're not out there on the pitch or when you don't get on as a sub. Especially in the Champions League games. But that's all part of the job, it's competition. Things move very fast in football. I saw that last season. Though I hardly featured at all in the early part of the season, after that I got a good run of games. I'll keep working hard and it'll come. Maybe I'll score the goal that sends us through against Juventus (laughs).