Round of 16 reactions - Jardim: 'Perfect doesn't exist'
AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim looked to temper the hyperbole after his side hammered Rennes 7-0 to book a place in the quarters; Unai Emery hoped that the 3-0 win over LOSC would help with his side's confidence.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Coupe de la Ligue round of 16
AS Monaco 7 - 0 Stade Rennais FC
Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco coach): "We controlled it in the first half, and after that, it was over. It's great that all our players are hitting form; we're playing every three days and we need everyone. We have two home games left for the year, to Lyon and Caen, so we need to prepare. Is my team perfect? Perfect doesn't exist. We're on a positive dynamic. But this is the first time in my career that one of my teams has scored so many goals."
Christian Gourcuff (Stade Rennais coach): "I saw the goal; you saw them too. When you defend like that, the quality difference between the sides is exaggerated. We didn't defend. We did nothing to stop their attacks. We lost the ball. It was suicide. That's the first time I've conceded seven goals in my entire career as a player and manager. I will not watch this match again."
Paris Saint-Germain 3 - 1 LOSC
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "Victory brings joy and confidence to the team. I'm happy because the team got stronger as the match progressed; the young players and those who haven't had so much game time seized their opportunity. In the next round, we take on Metz at home. It's a good thing to be playing in front of our own fans. This competition is one of our objectives."
Renato Civelli (LOSC defender): "The toughest thing was to open the scoring. When you play at the Parc, against PSG, who area huge team, you won't create a lot of chances. Still, we pushed high up the pitch in the first half and tried to stop them from putting anything together. I'm very proud of our first half. But when you come here, it's always tough."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 2 OGC Nice
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Girondins de Bordeaux coach): "I'm very happy to have qualified; it was our objective. In the cup, it's more a question of spirit than it is in the league. You have to show that you want to qualify, and that's what we did. We rediscovered our attacking style and our effectiveness; we played as a real team again."
Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): "You know, after a win I'm never really euphoric, so I won't exaggerate the significance of this defeat. That said, we want to perform well whenever we play. But this match was just three days after Paris; it was tough."
FC Metz 1 - 1 Toulouse FC - FC Metz won 11-10 on penalties
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse FC coach): "Even though it was decided on penalties, Metz deserved to win in regulation time. We lacked sharpness. There are some players who complain when they don't play and then when they get a chance, they don't turn up. I'm disappointed; we should have done better. That's not the kind of match I'm used to seeing from my team, but there you go. We're out of he competition."
Philippe Hinschberger (FC Metz coach): "It was crazy. OIn the shootout, Toulouse had six chances to win it and every time, we managed to come back. That's a good sign. We were strong mentally and we didn't let the situation get on top of us."
Olympique Lyonnais 2 - 2 EA Guingamp - EA Guingamp won 3-4 on penalties
Bruno Genesio: "On the whole, our performance was satisfactory. But we paid very dearly for our mistakes. Despite all the chances we had to win, the gods were not smiling upon us, unfortunately. Our elimination is disappointing because we really wanted to play in this competition. The Coupe de la Ligue has the shortest qualification path in Europe and its final will be at the Parc OL. I don't regret rotating the squad tonight. We're a team that's set up to play in several competitions."
Antoine Kombouaré (EA Guingamp coach): "Congratulations to my whole team; they turned in a great performance. This Lyon side was nothing like the one we faced in the league in October. We really suffered against a strong team. But one of my team's strengths is that they never give up. We took the lead twice - and we got the win away to a high-calibre opponent."
AS Saint-Etienne 0 - 1 AS Nancy Lorraine
Christophe Galtier (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "We played, we lost and we got knocked out. We started timidly and only really hit our stride once we had fallen behind. Not the greatest of nights."
Pablo Correa (AS Nancy-Lorraine coach): "Tonight we tried to push up high to stop Saint-Etienne from getting forward too quickly. To get the result, it's worth making efforts like this. I'm just a bit disappointed that we didn't exploit any of the chances we had to hit Saint-Etienne on the counter. We'll head to Nantes in the next round with the same frame of mind we had here tonight."
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
FC Nantes 3 - 1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Sérgio Conceição (FC Nantes coach): "I am really happy. We have won a match, but it is only one match. We had two days to work, gather information, work a bit on our defensive organisation, with confidence not exactly top, but the work we have done with the players was magnificent. These are things that with time we will improve, in terms of our organisation and also physically, because in the last 20 minutes our players were struggling. In terms of spirit and the ambition shown it was magnificent. It is encouraging for them, because they have qualities and it is important to use each player's qualities for the service of the team."
Frédéric Hantz (Montpellier coach): "Of course it is a disappointment, especially in terms of the attitude shown. We played like it was a friendly. We had players out there tonight who were not up to the standard required. It is not nearly good enough. To win a match like this, everyone needs to be on the same page physically, mentally, technically. To me it felt like we made it easy for Nantes. Even the simple things we were unable to pull off. It is very, very important now that we get a reaction on Saturday."
FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1 - 1 Olympique de Marseille - Sochaux won 4-3 on penalties
Albert Cartier (Sochaux coach): "We were behind during the game and came back and then we were losing in the penalty shoot-out and came back. That shows our mental qualities, the spirit of the players and also the technical qualities of the squad. We had never come up against a team with such potential this season. We played with great determination in the first half and applied ourselves really well. In the second half we defended much deeper. We deserved this win. We were rewarded for our efforts. Generally we work on penalties at the end of very long training sessions so that the players remain lucid despite the tiredness, even if the context is obviously not the same."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We are frustrated because we should have qualified. It is the Cup! We knew it would be difficult away from home. The only damaging thing is that we were ahead twice, during the match and during the penalty shoot-out. We didn't manage to get the second goal and yet we had the possibility to do so in the second half. We played all the football and were not rewarded. Now we need to think about Sunday and try to make it three wins in a row in the league. Bravo to Sochaux. They pushed forward after we scored and got a magnificent goal. Then they dropped back and tried to hang on until penalties."