Reactions: Ranieri upset
Monaco's Claudio Ranieri was upset with Radamel Falcao's injury in their cup win over Chasselay, while Île-Rousse coach Nicolas Genniarelli and Moulins counterpart Hervé Loubat reveled in historic victories over Ligue 1 opposition.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Round of 32
Mont d'Or Azergues Foot Chasselay (CFA, D4) 0 - 3 AS Monaco FC
Stéphane Santini (Chasselay coach): "I think the result was deserved. At the moment Monaco are a top team and their victory was well earned. I hope we have presented Chasselay well, and everyone sees the level we can play and has a good image of the club. I am sorry for him (Radamel Falcao). He is a great player"
Claudio Ranieri (Monaco coach): "When you play against a team from a lower division, they are going to play really hard, That's normal, and that is what I tell my players before the match. But if Falcao has something serious, it is the referee's fault. Everyone wants to play like in England and let the game go. It's not possible here. The referee must see when there is a foul and blow his whistle. I'm very satisfied with the result, but I'm not happy with the referee. It's normal that the Chasselay players were tough, and that something could happen to someone. But there were no cards given. I hope that it's nothing serious for Falcao."
Football Île-Rousse Monticello (CFA2, D5) 0 - 0 Girondins de Bordeaux AET (Île-Rousse win 4-3 on penalties)
Nicolas Genniarelli (Île-Rousse coach): "This is an historic victory. If you look at the whole match, I do not think we stole the result. The players were heroic in this encounter. They were well prepared for this match, and even had a little rest in the championship to stay fixed on that goal. We wanted to play and not just defend. These were our principles in the game. I'm happy and proud for the club and the players. We will wait for the draw hoping to play at home again."
Nicolas Maurice-Bellay (Bordeaux forward): "It is a shame to have lost this game, without doing damage to a CFA2 team that played bravely. We had chances but were caught out in the last act and that is unacceptable. The group is in a downward spiral, this defeat will hurt. These are amateurs and we train every day, so this is a blow. Now, we're pros, we must reassess and react. On Saturday we host Saint-Étienne and we need the three points."
AS Yzeure (CFA, D4) 1 - 3 Olympique Lyonnais
Nicolas Dupuis (Yzeure coach): "For me, Lyon are the best team in France at the moment, behind PSG. Tonight we fell, but not without a fight, not without having given everything. We represented both our region and amateur football. Congratulations to those who made it through."
Rémi Garde (Lyon coach): "We were playing against a team that was playing as close to top flight football as possible given they are a CFA team. They eliminated Ligue 1 Lorient in the last round so we had to be careful of an upset, but my players handled it well and avoided the snare."
AS Moulins (CFA, D4) 2 - 1 Toulouse FC
Hervé Loubat (Moulins coach): "We have made history for the club and the region. We have achieved two Last 16s in the Coupe de France in a row. This never happened to a team from Auvergne. We had yet to beat a Ligue 1 team so far and this time it's a rematch after our defeat against Bordeaux one year ago. I told my players at half-time that we should not be good but we should be big. Against a Ligue 1 team, we cannot be average as we were in the first half. I told them that if we scored, we would win. We had to give everything and leave nothing to regret. My players were heroic, attentive and focused until the end. I think we deserve our qualification. This gives us a great pride."
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "It is a great disappointment given the objectives that we set in this Coupe de France. We had chances, strong periods against a team that worked hard physically walk, but we could not stop the second goal. It was a trivial action where we conceded a preventable free-kick and found ourselves 2-1 down minutes from the end. It became so difficult for us. We had one or two chances to equalise but we were not able to convert them. This is a tough night but we will refocus us on the Championship and the next match against Bastia."
Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 2 Montpellier Hérault SC
Laurent Blanc (PSG coach): "In the first half, we could have regretted our lack of offensive and defensive efficiency. I do not give much blame to the players, but it's a cup and Montpellier had reason to believe. Conceding two goals on set pieces is always avoidable and the game could have been put away long before. It is and it is not a disappointment. We did not know what to do and were punished by a very efficient Montpellier. Given the sequences if play we created, we should have been more effective. We had a lack of coolness in front of goal, the finishing was not good enough in the penalty area."
Rolland Courbis (Montpellier coach): "It is a big satisfaction but I am not going to change the point of view I had before the game. We had a ten percent chance of beating PSG. We made it happen by playing our luck. However, I do not want to minimize this result. Since we had a draw with Sochaux and a win over Rodez, we were already improving. Confidence should increase with the game tonight but it goes fast and if we lose against Nice on Saturday, we will fine tune. We saw PSG walk it here three days ago against Nantes (5-0). We would not do the same thing and wanted to at least make PSG work. It was one of our goals before even talking about qualification. We did not come in having lost the game before playing it."
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Round of 32
AC Ajaccio 0 - 2 SM Caen (L2)
Christian Bracconi (AC Ajaccio coach): "This was another step towards hell for us. It's all rather depressing. If we look to the future, we will realise that we are going to have four months of hell. In the first half, we were never really put in danger but you could already feel that there was cause for concern. In the second half we lost our organisation; we were just all over the place. We were lacking in all areas. We are unable to play two matches in four days. I put the team that I think is the best. When I see those who come off the bench, it just shows that I am right."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I said to my players that they shouldn't try to show that they are Ligue 1 quality on in individual terms, but collectively. Doing well in the Coupe de France could also benefit us in the league."
RC Lens (L2) 2 - 1 SC Bastia AET
Antoine Kombouaré (Lens coach): "It was one of the matches of the season. In terms of emotion, it is a strong feeling. We never gave up and we deserved our equaliser. We put in a great performance. We always believed we could do it. The players deserve credit. For the first time, we were the underdogs and we had nothing to lose. The idea was to let ourselves go, take as many risks as possible and remain solid at the back. The fans were superb again. There is a real communion between them and the players."
Frédéric Hantz (SC Bastia coach): "It is hugely disappointing. Overall, Lens deserved to go through but, given the scenario, we should have won. We lost the tie in the 10 minutes before we conceded the equaliser. We never went beyond the halfway line while they kept on winning free-kicks and causing us problems. Then they pushed on with their fans behind them. It is never easy against a Ligue 2 team, especially Lens, who are going to come up. But the fact we got the first goal should have been sufficient."
Angers SCO (L2) 1 - 0 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It was a good night, because we went through and because we got better as the game went on. I thought we were a little timid at the start but we started to take control, even if Sochaux remained a menace. We hadn't won at home for a while, so this will do us good. It is always more enjoyable to share moments like these than it is to lose."
Hervé Renard (Sochaux coach): "It is a match where the chances made the difference, notably in the first half. And at the end of the game we didn't manage to score once again due to a little problem as we had to make a change in central defence...There are reasons to be satisfied, such as with the spirit shown by the players, the return of (Sébastien) Roudet after a long injury and of (Simon) Pouplin. It might seem strange, but in some ways winning the tie was not the most important, even if we would prefer to have won. Maybe we are hanging on to little things, but the spirit is good. Now we need to turn the page and return to the league, where the situation is very difficult. It is important to remain positive."
US Boulogne CO (National, D3) 0 - 2 Stade Rennais FC
Stéphane Le Mignan (US Boulogne coach): "In games like these it's all about taking your chances. We had about ten corners and five or six clear chances, but we failed to put any of them away."
Philippe Montanier (Rennes coach): "We were prepared for a difficult match and we did well, although after our first goal we maybe took our foot of the pedal a bit too much."
Concarneau (CFA, D4) 2 - 3 EA Guingamp AET
Nicolas Cloarec (Concarneau coach): "It was more than cruel. We believed we could do it. I feel rather bitter but I am also proud of my players. Some of them were working in the morning and they gave absolutely everything."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "That's the Cup in all its splendour. They played brilliantly and scored two extraordinary goals. It wasn't that we didn't play to our level, it was Concarneau who reduced the deficit between the CFA and Ligue 1."
IC Croix Football (CFA2, D5) 0 - 3 LOSC Lille
René Girard (Lille coach): "We did the job but we need to be much more ambitious. I thought the players were far too timid. We need to do far better in terms of effort. The youngsters need to be more aggressive. (Simon Kjaer) has stretched his left adductor. It's not going to just be two or three days, but we will do tests to establish whether it is a strain or a tear."
Olympique de Marseille 4 - 5 OGC Nice
José Anigo (Marseille coach): "On the one hand, we scored four goals, so some of the players did their job. But on the other hand, we conceded five, which means that certain others did not do theirs. We gave them things that we should never have given away. It is more just a disappointment than a hammer blow. There were massive individual errors that I can do nothing to defend, so bad were they."
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "We started the trend at Nantes (in the Coupe de la Ligue) where we were eliminated in cruel fashion. This time things went better. But we are conceding too many goals. We must not get carried away because, even if it's a great story, all we have done is win a tie in the last 32 of the Coupe de France. It is good for the squad. It is good for our youngsters who are really living up to my expectations. Against a very enterprising OM side we managed to cause them real problems on the counter-attack."