Week 10 reactions

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Rudi Garcia was frustrated Olympique de Marseille allowed Paris Saint-Germain to equalise in Le Classique, while Unai Emery defended Neymar, saying the Brazilian star isn't a player who looks for conflict. All the Week 10 reactions…

Sunday, October 22, 2017

 Olympique de Marseille  2 - 2  Paris Saint-Germain 

Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We're really frustrated but it's also our fault. We had a chance for 3-1 that we could have scored. When you are 2-1 up and playing against ten men, with only a few minutes left, you shouldn't let anybody equalise. We played well and we're the only team to have scored in every Ligue 1 game this season. There were lots of fantastic players on the pitch, and not only in PSG colours. That's why we signed Luiz Gustavo as he's one of the top players in world football."

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "Neymar is a player who wants to play, not a player who wants conflict. Classiques are always difficult and there was a clear penalty that wasn't given to us. It was hard playing in Marseille. I would have liked there to have been more scope to play football and to entertain. I want to protect my players. Many years ago in Spain, Diego Maradona was out for several months after taking a kicking and that's not possible."

 ESTAC Troyes 0-5 Olympique Lyonnais 

Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "I thought we played well and were balanced in the first half. We competed well with them and had the feeling at half-time that with just a bit more precision we could upset them. Unfortunately we then conceded a goal within three minutes. The second goal really hurt us and gave Lyon a lot of confidence. After that they ran riot. OL were stronger and are one of the big three in this league. To lose 5-0 at home stings a bit. We had played well up to now. But it is just one defeat. We have suffered together so it is up to us to react quickly."

Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "It was an important victory to keep our run going and rejoin the teams at the top of the table. It was important to score goals and not concede any. Games after European matches are always difficult, even against a supposedly inferior side. Everything was almost perfect. We have been getting more breaks in the last three games but I think that is because we have deserved more. I feel we are building confidence, which is the difference with the start of the season. I think people have been a bit hard on us because we have only lost once in all competitions this season and that shows the character of the team. (On Depay) I have always said he is capable of flashes but today he was also structured in the project of the team. It was a very accomplished performance and he got his reward."

OGC Nice  1 - 2  RC Strasbourg Alsace

Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We were eaten up in the first 20 minutes, it has to be said. By switching from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1, after that we were more stable and started to play normally but again we conceded a goal on the break very quickly after the restart. We created one and a half chances in the first half, while Strasbourg had many more. And in the second half we needed a penalty to score. We can't hide from the fact we have a problem in terms of our balance and our system. Last year we were able to press really high. We are not solid this year. We will not improve for as long as we don't do better when it comes to winning the ball back. A good team thinks of defending when on the attack and of attacking when defending. Is this a crisis? It's a delicate period. We need to keep calm and analyse the why and the how, play more simply without thinking about what we did last year."

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "There are still a lot of wins to go and get to ensure we beat the drop. At half-time we were a bit surly at only having taken one of our several very clear chances. Nice hadn't had any. Then we conceded the penalty naively. I don't blame Ernest Seka. The referee applied the rules very strictly in sending him off. As for Nuno Da Costa, I was all the more happy with his game given that this morning I said to his agent that I hadn't been happy with his start to the season. He is one of a number of players to have come from a level below and who needs time to adapt."

Saturday, October 21, 2017

 AS Monaco 2-0 SM Caen 

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Winning is always our objective. It's important in order to have confidence in our work. Against Besiktas we didn't play badly but our opponents took their chances better than we did. Caen aren't Besiktas of course and we won well. We deserved to win. We're looking for balance and for Thomas Lemar, playing in the number 10 role is a solution. He brought rapid decision making to our play, acceleration into space, pressed from the front and was dynamic. He's getting fitter by the game and along with Fabinho played well."

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I'm disappointed because we didn't play the way we wanted to. We lost the thread of what we'd been doing since the start of the season. With the ball we made simple things complicated. We gave the ball away too much in midfield and defensively we were in trouble when they played the ball in behind and all down our left side. We need to get back to doing simpler things."

Amiens SC  1 - 0  Girondins de Bordeaux

Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "Above and beyond the three important points I think this was a cornerstone win for the squad. We were solid and worked for each other defensively, while we were ambitious going forward. We dared to play and pressed them high up the field. The players needed to reassure themselves and we saw a team that put a lot of intensity into the play. Based on this, Amiens will have its say when it comes to Ligue 1 survival."

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We had clearcut chances and we have to be able to take them. We need to be able to punish our opponents and be more precise. We were beaten from a set piece and they played it like a Cup game. They put pace into their play wide. We didn't have enough presence in midfield and when you want to feature at the top of the table you have to be able to beat the promoted sides."

FC Metz  1 - 2  Dijon FCO

Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "I'm disappointed as this wasn't a game we should have lost. Nolan Roux could have scored a first-half double. With Fallou Diagne getting sent off it became impossible. I can't fault the desire and mentality of my players but it's very, very difficult and dangerous for the club."

Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "This was a massively important game from a points point of view. This was a great result for us and I'm really satisfied with it as it will give us extra confidence. We created chances but sometimes played ourselves into trouble. We can't just rely on our defence and Baptiste Reynet. We need to offer them some relief and I would like my attackers to offer more."

 FC Nantes 2-1 En Avant Guingamp 

Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "It's good and we won. Our position in the table isn't important in my eyes. The most important thing is to improve. I've got good players with big bodies but they need to think a bit more. 1-0 up we needed to sit deep, let them have the ball and score again when we had the chance. At least when you win you can work in a calm way in order to try to improve."

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "I still don't know how we're leaving with no points. It's more than frustrating; it's disappointing. I think we did enough to leave with at least a point. We lost this on a corner and a gift. That said, our performance was encouraging and I want to see my team attack like that. We need to be more effective in both penalty boxes."

Angers SCO  0 - 1  Toulouse FC

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "Since we got into Ligue 1 I don't think we've dominated a team like that. This could have been a reference match for us, but only if we'd won it. There's a feeling of injustice. We were responsible for conceding the two goals. For the first we let a player go free and for the second we lacked a bit of luck but also coolness under pressure."

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "This was a good away win that the players worked really hard for. We pretty well controlled the first half. When the light went out we suffered. We needed to be heroic to hold on to the result. That's Ligue 1 football for you. We didn't control everything but we took the points. Winning here in a slightly fortunate way doesn't make up for our dropped points this season."

 Stade Rennais FC 1-0 LOSC Lille 

Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "These three points do us good and we managed them in difficult circumstances. Given the context we're happy with the three points. We defended well and with determination. There have been so many lies told over the last week. I protected the players from that as much as possible and they gave the perfect response on the pitch."

Marcelo Bielsa (Lille coach): "My team has got worse results than it deserves, even if the results prove we haven't found the right solution yet. We defended well but attacked badly. Of course I'm worried given where we are in the table. 19th position speaks for itself. The team is playing according to the principles I want to see in action. We defended well and ran a lot but attacked badly."

Friday, October 20, 2017

 AS Saint-Etienne 0-1 Montpellier Hérault SC 

Óscar García (Saint-Etienne coach): "In front of goal, it doesn't help but there is the quality of our players. We don't have a real goal-scorer. There was also the injury to Loïs Diony and the fact that Jonathan Bamba has been banished to the reserves. We don't have too many options on the bench. But I don't think we deserved to lose. We just lacked efficiency in front of goal. Montpellier maybe had two chances and scored but we had seven or eight without scoring. It is worrying because if we don't score it is difficult to win a match. I hope that will change. I can't be pessimistic when we are sitting third. We have also not spent a lot of money to sign players this summer. I am not annoyed but I don't like losing."

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "That is us five matches unbeaten now. What the squad are doing is good. They have shown great spirit and I am very satisfied, but in football you are eternally starting over again. We need to keep defending well and be more accurate going forward. We need to create more chances and score more goals. We had two, even three, great chances. Saint-Etienne only had one between Lecomte and Cabella and then were dangerous at set-pieces, but otherwise we were not in danger. We started this run at Troyes, where we had to be solid to avoid a third straight defeat. Tonight the players were rewarded for their self-sacrifice."

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