Quarter-final reactions - Emery: 'Take another step'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was upbeat following his side's beating Metz to place in the semi-finals; Bordeaux boss Jocelyn Gourvennec hailed his side's performance in 'a match full of drive and dynamism'.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals
Paris Saint-Germain 2 - 0 FC Metz
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "The team improved as the match progressed, controlled the game, created a lot of chances and kept a clean sheet. That was the aim. This competition is the chance to win a trophy. We are happy to have won at home, in front of our fans. The team continues its progression. The draw? We have played our first two games in the competition at home, and we would have preferred to be at home again. But the semi-final away to Bordeaux is a chance to take another step towards the title."
Philippe Hinschberger (FC Metz coach): "The match was what we were expecting; we knew it would be tough to keep the ball against a Paris side who play very precisely. It's a shame to have lost because of two goal conceded from corners - we prepared for set pieces and we knew more or less where the ball would go, even though they were hit very well. Naturally it's frustrating to lose in such circumstances."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 2 EA Guingamp
Jocelyn Gourvennec (FC Girondins de Bordeaux coach): "Playing again three days after our first match back in January was tough and we struggled somewhat to get into the match. Privat's goal woke us up and our equaliser powered our dynamic. We had a bot of a scare at the end but all told it was a match full of drive and dynamism."
Antoine Kombouaré (EA Guingamp coach): "It's frustrating, but I'm not disappointed, as it's impossible to win a match when you concede three goals. But it's frustrating as we made the start we wanted to, the one we dreamed of - getting forward, posing problems for the defence and opening the scoring. But then, bizarrely, we stopped playing. Mentally we're not there yet; when we lose concentration, we gift goals. This was a good wake-up call."
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1 - 1 AS Monaco - Monaco win 4-3 on penalties
Albert Cartier (FC Sochaux-Montbéliard coach): "We knew we would be experiencing the highest level against this Monaco side. We tried to counter them with intelligence and passion, but that wasn't enough, even though we did manage to ruffle their feathers."
Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco FC coach): "It's a hard-earned qualification. Last year, we were knocked out of the Coupe de France here (2-1 in the last 16). This season, Sochaux had already taken out Marseille (1-1, 4-3 on pens.). Everyone can see that this team has a lot of qualities; they were more aggressive than us and they won more challenges in the first half. After the break, we hung onto the ball better. Also, our opponents got tired; they couldn't play like that for 90 minutes."
Sergio Conceiçao (FC Nantes coach): "We conceded two goals in the first half. Not well-constructed goals that showed Nancy's dynamism, but rather very strange ones. You can't be conceding goals like that - especially the second one - when you're a professional team. If one more of our efforts had gone in, the match would have been very different; with the fans and the atmosphere, it would have been difficult for Nancy. But we weren't capable of being effective today. It's a shame."
Pablo Correa (AS Nancy-Lorraine coach): "It's about effectiveness. It has happened to us before. We have had matches like Nantes had today, with lots of corners and a lot of scoring chances - nothing clear-cut, but close to it. That's how we were at the beginning of the season. Now we'll wait for the (semi-finals) draw, but given that there are still two very big teams in the competition, I'm not under any illusions."