José Fonte (Lille) after the success on the lawn of AC Milan in the Europa League: “An important victory”

« How do you appreciate the achievement of your team in Milan?
We are really super happy. We showed character, personality. We played as a team. It is an important victory.

What was the mood in the locker room?
Obviously a big atmosphere. We were all a little excited but it’s up to us executives to keep everyone’s feet on the ground. We must win in Brest (Sunday). And there are still three Europa League matches left. There are still a lot of points missing. We are really happy, this victory will give us confidence for this kind of match on another level.

Are you pushing your limits? Who can stop you?
Ourselves. We can’t let go. We must continue to perform. We must insist and know our strengths, what are the areas in which we must improve. And keep humility, keep working. Football can turn very quickly. It’s a reality. It’s always like that.

“Renato Sanches can have a very, very great career at the highest level”

How do you feel about Yusuf Yazici’s game?
It’s incredible. The Europa League is its competition. I am very happy for him. After his injury (ruptured cruciate ligaments in one knee in December 2019), he worked a lot to come back stronger. To live these moments. For him, for the group. He is close to everyone. We see that it is efficient. He helped the team.

The other great actor was Renato Sanches …
It was huge. He has shown he can play at this level and even higher than that. In the biggest clubs. We know him. We must continue to help him. I believe he can have a very, very great career at the highest level. With Lille and another great team. But when you have the opportunity to have him in your ranks, you have to take advantage of it.

Give us news of your health after your exit before the break against Lyon (1-1) on Sunday.
It’s difficult. I left the field to go to the hospital. I could no longer see with my right eye. Nothing at all. Only the light. I was afraid. When I got to the hospital, I was given drops. The next day I got the vision back. Yesterday (Wednesday), it was much better. Tonight (Thursday), I was at 80-90% of my vision. Not 100% yet.

Did you insist on playing?
This is not the first time that this has happened to me. Last year in Luxembourg, in qualifying, I played without seeing the last twenty minutes with something similar. But there, against Lyon, I could not. “

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