Genesio: 'Extremely satisfying'
OL boss Bruno Genesio was thrilled that his side maintained form to trump Monaco and book a place in the round of 16; PSG's Julian Draxler hinted at some tactical adjustments despite a dominant 4-3 win over EA Guingamp.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Coupe de France, Round of 32
AS Monaco 2 - 3 Olympique Lyonnais
Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco coach): "It was an evenly balanced match, but Lyon enjoyed more good fortune and showed a sharper cutting edge. At times Lyon were on top; at time we were. But Lyon scored three and we only managed two. That's how it is."
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "It's extremely satisfying because this was a tough match. It's an important competition for the club, so it was important to win tonight. The lads who have been playing less came in and did well; the team maintained its spirit and dynamic, and that's an excellent thing. The season is long and we'll need everyone."
Paris Saint-Germain 4 - 2 EA Guingamp
Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain midfielder): "After our loss in Lyon, we really wanted to win here tonight. When you look back at the 90 minutes, it was a good match and we're happy to have won it. Tonight, Adrien [Rabiot], Giovani [Lo Celso] and played with perhaps a bit too much of an attacking mindset, as we wanted to score goals. We need to help Marquinhos and [Presnel] Kimpembe a bit more; they did a huge job tonight. I'm also happy to have provided an assist for Javier (Pastore) tonight."
Antoine Kombouaré (EA Guingamp coach): "It's disappointing. But we need to hang onto the positives and bounce back against Nantes [in the league] on Saturday. We battled hard and tried to make Paris doubt themselves. We made it back to 3-2 but we had spent so much energy - they made us run after the ball and the fourth goal came quite naturally."
ESTAC Troyes 1 - 1 AS Saint-Etienne (a.e.t.) ESTAC Troyes won 4-3 on penalties
Jean-Louis Garcia (ESTAC Troyes coach): "We knocked Saint-Etienne out, and that's no small thing, in a long and tough match. The lads played with a lot of courage and heart right to the end. We had some good fortune but we did what it took to hang in there by playing intelligently. ['Keeper Mamadou] Samassa won it for us in the shoot-out. This win will be great for our dynamic and for the players' morale."
Jean-Louis Gasset (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "It's really disappointing. I think if it had been a boxing match, we would have won easily on points. Unfortunately, the ball just didn't seem to want to go in. We had chances and we controlled the match. It's frustrating because I can't fault the older players nor the younger ones, who did really well. Unfortunately we're out of the competition."
Montpellier Hérault SC 4 - 3 FC Lorient
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier HSC coach): "It was a real cup match; very open, just as all last night's [Tuesday's] matches were. Both sides had a lot of chances. We shot on goal 20 times and had the cutting edge to convert our clear-cut chances."
Tours FC 0 - 0 FC Metz (a.e.t.) FC Metz won 2-1 on penalties
Frédéric Hantz (FC Metz coach): "It's cruel for Tours because over the course of the match, they actually caused us quite a few problems."