Lacina, you've been included in the matchday squad for the first time. You must be pleased to be able to play for AS Monaco at last.
After a nightmare six months with injuries, I was just pleased to be back in training these last few weeks. Now I'm even happier to be in the squad to face Evian TG.
You're still something of an unknown quantity in France. What are your strengths on the pitch?
People often say that taller players are better in the air than on the ground. I'm the opposite. My strengths are my energy and technique. Hopefully I can also bring a bit of experience to the team.
You were called up by the Ivory Coast a few days ago, but returned to Monaco quickly…
Yes, I was included in the last Ivory Coast squad. I joined up with them but wasn't 100% match fit, so I thought it was best to pull out. I want to focus on my club. I've got a lot to prove, and I want to give my all for AS Monaco. (A call-up to) the national side will be the reward for working hard for the club.
After two good draws away from home at Zenit and PSG, the team needs to build on that now at home to Evian.
Exactly. We can't afford any mistakes. We're in a tricky position and we're well aware of that. We're ready. I can't wait to get out on the Louis-II pitch. If I get on the pitch and score on Saturday night, it'll be the best day of my life (laughs)!