Round of 16 reactions

Coupe de la Ligue

Unai Emery thought Paris Saint-Germain could have scored more after beating RC Strasbourg Alsace 4-2 in the Coupe de la Ligue Round of 16. Full reactions...

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

 RC Strasbourg Alsace 2-4 Paris Saint-Germain 

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "This match was difficult enough without helping Paris. We gave them two huge gifts. I know it's Christmas but still, when you're generous to Paris you make it a stroll for them. We knew they'd have possession but we had to stop them having chances. We lost the ball a lot in midfield. We must learn from our mistakes."

Unai Emery (PSG coach): "We needed to improve on the league game [PSG lost 2-1 to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 Conforama in Week 16]. The team was more focused from the start, we didn't give the opponent the chance to take the lead. We could have scored more and played better, but we're still happy. We keep progressing, match by match. We're the title holders and we want to keep this trophy."

 Stade Rennais FC 2-2 Olympique de Marseille  (Rennes win 4-3 on pens.)

Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "It's the charm of the cup. The Coupe de la Ligue is an interesting competition to play in. Both teams had chances tonight. We knew it would be difficult, even at home, against Olympique de Marseille. I think my team was brave, but we didn't start well. It's very emotional. We're happy it ended as it did. "

Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We were knocked out after a game we won. We had more chances than Rennes. It should never have gone to penalties. I'm happy with my team. [Kostas] Mitroglou scored, [Valère] Germain scored, so it was a good match and we remain unbeaten. Congratulations to Rennes. They've gone through. Now we look ahead to Sunday [and the match with Olympique Lyonnais]."

 Montpellier Hérault SC 4-1 Olympique Lyonnais  

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We had a great first half after going behind. We pressed them high, got forward and scored three goals, and then were happy to hit them on the counter. The players played a fantastic game. It's good that everyone is working together. We feel that everyone is fighting for the team."

Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "We played for the first 20 minutes, that was all. Then we were lacking many things, commitment. Montpellier are a difficult team to play against. I didn't line up a team of hairdressers, as I have read. I simply wanted to give some playing time to those who have featured less. It was messy. It verged on malpractice."

LOSC Lille 1-1 OGC Nice  (Nice win 3-2 on pens.)

Fernando Da Cruz (LOSC interim coach): "We're disappointed to go out but I think we played well enough. We had an average age of 21 tonight. I think it's important to emphasise that. It's always disappointing to get knocked out of the cup. We had some good performances from young players, like [Kouadio-Yves] Dabila and [Boubakary] Soumaré, who were very impressive."

Lucien Favre (Nice coach):
"We had a lot of possession. Sometimes as much as 75 per cent. But we have to be more productive. Yoan Cardinale stopped two penalties, which was decisive. I think he even got a hand their third penalty, which went in. It's good for him and good for the team. We'll savour this moment a little, but we can't dwell on it."

 Amiens SC 2-1 Tours FC 

Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "We didn't play that well but we qualified, which is the most important thing. It was good to win after losing our last two games. We play Paris Saint-Germain next, which is exceptional for us. We'll have a beautiful party at home. We were lucky tonight. If our goalkeeper [Régis Gurtner] hadn't had a big night we would have been out."

Jorge Costa (Tours coach): "We had a good first half and created a lot of chances. Unfortunately, we fluffed our lines against their goalkeeper or simply missed our shots. At this level that can cost you dear. We made too many mistakes in the second half, too, but I think overall we acquitted ourselves quite well."

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

 AS Monaco 2 - 0 SM Caen 

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "It's a positive evening. We achieved our objective: qualifying and dealing with the players who had played a lot. Also, we won by playing well. I'm happy when the forwards score, but the important thing is the win and continuing our momentum."

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I'm not disappointed by the way the team played. We created quite a few situations, but didn't score. We played well. But we have recurrent problems with putting our chances away. You have to be nasty to score goals. But you can't become paranoid. You have to dare, try, not be inhibited in front of goal. That's what I say in team talks. We were punished for our only mistake in the first half. That happened just after Da Silva came on, but I don't think that destabilised the team."

 Toulouse FC 2 - 0 Girondins de Bordeaux 

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "The main thing was to qualify this evening, that keeps us dreaming, and it doesn't hurt to dream. We didn't start the game well, we couldn't string two passes together, and we were fortunate to be able to pick ourselves up. Our team has been struggling recently, and we'll take the win, even though we're not going to beat our chests — it wasn't a complete performance. We have to keep going and stretch out this run. We'll see where we are after our final two league games of the year."

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We have two games left, we're going to work to take points and then see where we are at the break. We have to refocus on L1, get moving forward again and get back some colour in the league, because we're struggling right now. It'll be two difficult games against two good teams in Nice and Montpellier. But we can do things too. The situation weighs heavy when a bad run keeps going and nothing goes right for you. My role is to push the players a bit, but also to keep their heads up when things aren't going well. We have to fight, there's no other way."

 Angers SCO 1 - 0 FC Metz 

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "In the cups, it's only victory that counts. We would have loved this to give us three points in the league, it gives us a Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final. We'll take that too. Our first half was extremely weak, but the second was better, even good at times with a stunning goal. The team was unrecognisable, just two starters from the game against Montpellier on Saturday. So you couldn't expect great cohesion, but it was important to involve all our players. There are some positive points and some not so positive."

Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "I'm very happy with my players' performance because of 26 pros, I only had 13 available. We did some very good things in the first half, but we didn't score from our good situations. It's frustrating not to be rewarded for our efforts, but we lack consistency and concentration for a whole game. You saw that with the goal we conceded, we were too passive…"

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