Almeida: 'Save this magnificent club'
Brand-new SC Bastia coach Rui Almeida was upbeat about leading his side to safety despite having been caught in a 2-2 draw at home to Nantes in their rescheduled Week 24 clash.
Rui Almeida (SC Bastia coach): "We deserved all three points. It was a tough match, different from what I expected. They changed their approach after the sending off. I'm happy with the frame of mind my players showed. We have grounds for regret. We're sad - victory slipped through our fingers with ten seconds to go. But I'm sure that at some stage we will also win a match with ten seconds left. That's what our fans deserved - there was a fantastic atmosphere tonight. We have 11 matches to left to save this magnificent club's Ligue 1 skin."
Sergio Conceiçao (FC Nantes coach): "I have a lot of respect for the Bastia fans, they are full-on. We managed to avoid defeat away from home once more. That's a real positive, given that this was a very important game for Bastia. We took a point and we deserved it. Sometimes it's tough to play against a side who are a man down. They defend deep and there is less space. But we’re a pragmatic side, and we gave it our all. It's a point won with a strong spirit. It's a good sign that we levelled the score. It was a difficult match, a bizarre match."