Week 1 Reactions
Nice coach Lucien Favre hailed young Malang Sarr's debut goal as the "icing on the cake", while OL boss Bruno Genesio challenged his team to show consistency.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Olympique de Marseille 0 - 0 Toulouse FC
Franck Passi (Olympique de Marseille coach): "No, I'm not disappointed with the match. The players haven’t reach top form yet, but we did create chances in the second half. We put a lot of pressure on our opponents' goal and it could have turned in our favour. In the first half, losing the ball a few times hurt our confidence, and we got a bit shaky, but nonetheless we played as a team out there. We had 12 players leave this summer, that' nothing to sneeze at. Some people think all you need to do is line up some big names, but out on the pitch it's not that simple. At least we didn't lose our opening home match of the season."
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse FC coach): "We couldn't really hope for better than this 0-0 draw. What I see everyday in training was nowhere to be seen tonight. We didn't manage to control the ball once we won it back, so we kept losing it again. We were sloppy and it was a dissatisfying performance. But we defended well, even though we needed to use the ball much better. We were always missing the right run or the right pass. We just need to keep working hard."
OGC Nice 1 - 0 Stade Rennais FC
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It was important to start off with a win. It was very hard against a good Rennes side, well organised in their 4-4-2. Malang Sarr scoring his first Ligue 1 goal in his first match was the icing on the cake. Like the other young players, he's got a lot of potential and much room for improvement. We signed a lot of youngsters at the start of the transfer window and we need to bolster this contingent in order to deal with the minimum of 26 matches we have to play between now and the winter break."
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "We deserved more from the game, but you need to score one more goal than your opponents. It was decided on a set play. We had a legitimate goal disallowed and hit the bar. We can't be satisfied with the loss, but our performance was pretty encouraging. We were coherent, even if we're still lacking the necessary intensity and we need to move the ball on quicker."
AS Nancy Lorraine 0 - 3 Olympique Lyonnais
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "The first goal came from us losing the ball in midfield, but it was the second goal that put us in trouble after a clearance from the goalkeeper. We're already leaders when it comes to the bloopers reel. We won't achieve anything if we commit that type of error. It's a pity because we started well. It's not good enough to play well for just half an hour."
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "Up until the first drinks break after 20-25 minutes we'd had a bit of trouble and Nancy had had a few chances. It was important to come here and win and doing it by a margin of three goals and playing well is good. Now we need to focus on the next match at the Parc OL because if we want to be up there near the top of the table then we need to be consistent. It was only the first game but it was important to bounce back after being shipwrecked against Paris in the Trophée des Champions."
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 2 AS Saint-Etienne
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "The players played the game I expected, with cohesion on the collective level. There were mistakes, we were slow on Saint-Etienne's first goal, on their cross. We showed a lot of desire and when you show a lot of desire on the opening day you can leave yourself open. But we scored three goals, and a game like this is somewhat inevitable in the first game of the season. It's hard to control everything. A game is never finished. We were 3-0 up 15 minutes from the end and it ended 3-2. It could have been 3-3."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It was a very special match and the fact was that we had to make a change after ten minutes [with Cheikh M'Bengue coming on for the injured Pierre-Yves Polomat]. We looked good for 20 minutes and it took a stupid mistake and a free-kick for us to fall behind. We deserved more in the first half. In the second I thought we could have been more dangerous. But the team was completely disorganised and we were penalised. We pushed for the last 15 minutes and were able to score, but unfortunately - if logically - it is difficult to win when you have conceded three goals. This match leaves a bitter taste. Nothing can be expected when you concede three goals."
SM Caen 3 - 2 FC Lorient
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "This is the charm of football. When it ends like that you are happy. It was 20 catastrophic minutes, where we were always on the back foot. We did not show up, were late in our challenges, and we know Lorient, when allowed to play, can make it difficult for you very quickly. They were efficient and quickly took a two-goal lead. After their red card [Zargo Touré was sent off after 26 minutes] the situation changed a bit. We did what we had to, pressing high up the pitch with a lot of quality and many crosses into the box. The second half, after expending that energy, was not so good, but what interests me is the attitude of the players, this desire to not let go. This is something that I stress a lot and it will be big this season to keep that mentality."
Sylvain Ripoll (Lorient coach): "There were two games. The first half-hour when we almost made it 3-0, and then the game after the red card. We had a very difficult 15 minutes and were not able to manage. We conceded two goals on set pieces and the game changed completely. It was a really tough night. I have nothing to reproach the players with. They were fully invested in this game. They deserved at least a share of the points."
Dijon FCO 0 - 1 FC Nantes
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "I think we could have earned a draw but we missed too many chances. We should have made better use of the ball. We did well winning possession but we failed to create any real opportunities. I felt the players were timid. I don't understand that but they will have to learn quickly. The players were brave and united, but in Ligue 1 we know that is not enough. Some of my players can do much better and they know it."
René Girard (Nantes coach): "It was a pleasant evening for us. It was a good start, which is important for the rest of the season. I even think we could have scored another. I am pleased with this scoreline and the conduct of the team in the second half, notably [summer arrival] Nicolaj Thomsen, who can still do better. But we still have a lot of work. Dijon managed to put us in trouble at times. The team is young, with its qualities and defects. The players showed a lot of solidarity and a real team spirit, which is essential."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "It's positive. We played a Lille team that was better than us technically, especially in the first half where our attack was insufficient. The second half was much better. We were rewarded at the end because we were looking for things to happen. We showed desire."
Frédéric Antonetti (Lille coach): "I'm disappointed we did not know how to win this game. The players did not respect the contest and we thought it was going to be easy. We were dominant in the first half but failed to break the deadlock. And in the second half we played the baballe [French footballing lexicon for failing to take the game seriously] and it restored their confidence. We have to take this as a lesson. It's infuriating to lose when you dominate the game."
Montpellier Hérault SC 1 - 0 Angers SCO
Frédéric Hantz (Montpellier coach): "I am satisfied on certain points, disappointed on others. It's good to win a match when you play badly. When you play better, maybe it will be easier. The disappointment lies in our offensive output. A lot of moves broke down between midfield and attack. I have a wonderful group, though. I hope Ryad [Boudebouz] stays. I have built the team around him since I arrived. I understand that certain transfer fees cannot be refused, but nobody at the club wants to see him go. Ryad wants to stay one more year. He is sharp and I would like him here all season."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We were not lacking in commitment and desire. There was a lack of technique, especially in the final third. We had some chances that we failed to take. It was not dangerous enough even though we had Montpellier off balance. Montpellier did not dominate us. One player [Boudebouz] made the difference. He has a talent above that of others. There are some good players in Ligue 1, and Boudebouz is one. Therefore we do not necessarily have to do more, rather we have to do better."
Friday, August 12, 2016
SC Bastia 0 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain
François Ciccolini (Bastia coach): "I'm disappointed for the players because they gave everything. We played in cohesive fashion in the first half and didn't make the best of three or four situations we had, even if Paris dominated. After that we sat back more, my players dropped off, and the changes I made weren't extraordinary either. I've nothing to blame my players for, but we conceded a goal because of an error in communication."
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We're very happy to have won. The context of the game made things difficult, with a lot of pressure from our opponents and the fans. We played well, particuarly in the second half even if there are several things that need improving, things I saw in the first half. That said, the three points will give us confidence. I'm happy with the work put in, the tactical work we have done and very happy with the way the players who came off the bench adapted."
AS Monaco 2 - 2 EA Guingamp
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "This draw is a disappointing result because we play to win. In the first half we controlled the game and had a big chance for Carrillo. After Diallo's extraordinary goal we lost control of the match and we conceded a second on the counter. In the changing room at 2-0 down I had to motivate the players. In the second half we got better and better. Nabil Dirar helped change the match, but it wasn't only down to him. I think Bernardo Silva helped. When he came on we moved to one plus one upfront in order to find space."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We can be frustrated and disappointed because it looked like we'd done the hardest bit in the first half. The second half was much tougher and we dropped off physically. I'm going to hold onto the positives and this was a good point for us. It was a game of two halves and Monaco deserved the draw. The way things happened gives us cause for regret, even if I'd have signed up for a draw rior to kick-off."