Caleta-Car States It’s Key for Marseille to Get Three Points vs Lazio “No Matter How”

By Apollo Heyes -

Olympique Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car expected tomorrow’s match against Lazio to be a difficult one.

Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via LazioNews24) earlier today, the Croatian defender first commented on his physical condition ahead of tomorrow’s match.

I feel very good. I think I’m fit again. It’s been a difficult few months but now I’m very happy to help the team.

The Olympique Marseille defender discussed the difficulty of this recent period.

It has been a difficult period. I’m enjoying everything. I became a dad, but it was hard to have confidence in myself. 

I’m very happy to play with my teammates at the Velodrome, to have the coach’s trust and to make the fans happy.

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Caleta-Car touched on his mindset currently after returning to the squad.

I’ve been on the sidelines for a long time. But when you play it’s all easier. I’ve regained my confidence and I’m fully prepared to play. 

I’m looking forward to continuing this.

He looked ahead to tomorrow’s Europa League clash against Lazio.

Two weeks ago it was an important match, both of us could have won it. We know that Italian teams are very tactical. Lazio will come here to win. 

We want to get closer to Galatasaray and therefore to the top of the group. It will be important to get the three points no matter how. 

With our fans there will be a good atmosphere. We should be more effective on goal. They don’t concede much and we have to be better.

The Croatian defender commented on how he feels playing in coach Jorge Sampaoli’s more unique system.

When Sampaoli arrived we played as 3. I wasn’t used to it, but now we know it well and we all know our positions. This system works very well. 

If I have to choose, I find myself better in the centre but I can play anywhere.

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He remembered beating Lazio a few years ago whilst playing for RB Salzburg.

We played against Lazio and won. It was an incredible game that ended 4-1. 

One of the best games of my life.

The Olympique Marseille defender discussed the strengths of Lazio talisman Ciro Immobile, who risks missing tomorrow’s game due to illness.

On that occasion I saw how strong Immobile is. He is always moving and is difficult to mark. 

He is one of the best strikers in the world.

Finally, Caleta-Car spoke about new Lazio midfielder Toma Basic, who signed from Bordeaux in the summer transfer window

I am happy that he has arrived at a great club like Lazio, I hope he can do good things even better than when he was at Bordeaux. 

I spoke to him after the first leg game and he told me that he is doing well.

Olympique Marseille currently sit 3rd in the Ligue 1 table after 12 games, with 22 points. Their most recent match was a 1-0 win over Clermont.

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