Week 12 reactions - Genesio: 'An historic result'

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Lyon coach Bruno Genesio hopes his side can build on their biggest-ever Rhône derby win and fight for a podium finish; opposite number Oscar Garcia could only apologise to fans after 'the saddest day' he has seen as a coach.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

AS Saint-Etienne  0 - 5  Olympique Lyonnais

Oscar Garcia (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "I apologise to the fans for this result. It's the saddest day I've known as a coach. Everything went against us tonight. Being two-nil down at half-time was too much and red card [for Léo Lacroix, 47'] really hurt us. Lyon shot twice and scored two goals. We had one chance and it went begging. After that I had to make all three of my substitutions, as three of my players were injured. We wanted to win this game for our fans, more than all the other games. It's a tough blow but we have to pick ourselves up the same way this club has always done."

Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "It makes you proud to win a derby at the Geoffroy-Guichard, especially by such a big margin. If I'm not mistaken, it's an historic result. I'm very proud because we continued our excellent run. We're very proud of this win and very happy. This result puts us in a good position as we head into the final ten matches before the end of the calendar year. If we can repeat this kind of performance, we can set our sights on a top-three finish."

 OGC Nice 1-0 Dijon FCO 

Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It was laborious, but it’s good for us. We knew that it wouldn’t be easy. They are a side that are difficult to play against. They beat Nantes, played very well against PSG. We had the confirmation that it was going to be complicated. Dijon pressed us high up the pitch. We lost the ball with our backs to the opponent which is very dangerous. But in the end, they only had one clear chance. But we need to move the ball more quickly, in that area, there is lots of work to do. It was a bit better. It was more solid. In Rome, we did well defensively too. We lacked a bit of danger up-front. It’s a shame. I don’t criticise anybody, but [Balotelli's red card] seemed harsh. He has no intention to injure the opponent, he wants to win the ball back. Then again, he comes from behind, the referee has interpreted the laws. Mario wanted to do well. He was annoyed leaving the pitch but in the dressing room it was better. For us, it’s annoying because he will miss the next game."

Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It wasn't a great performance from us. There were a lot of technical errors on both sides. We made a mess of the first half, it was a little better in the second. But there wasn't enough of a link between the players. I had said we'd be fresher after half-time, but you couldn't see that. We were poor up front. We didn't take advantage. I'm disappointed by the result and the way it came about. What I saw last week was nothing like this week."

 FC Metz 0-3 LOSC Lille 

Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "It's difficult for the whole club and the fans, but we have to keep facing up to it and improve what we can. The first half should have seen us lead, but if we have conceded three it's because we're lacking a lot of things. I had said I wanted to see how things were. I didn't think we would create so many chances and I didn't think Lille would score three."

Marcelo Bielsa (Lille coach): "It was a very important game and the fact we got a favourable result is good news. A calm environment is always welcome and necessary, but it's true the team's results have generated this instability around the club. We needed fewer chances to score, so that is something to take into consideration. We were a little better in the second half than we were in the second half of the first half during which Metz were able to catch us off balance, and we made individual mistakes and mistakes at set-pieces that fortunately did not result in goals."

 Olympique de Marseille 5-0 SM Caen 

Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It was perhaps the best first half of the season, though the match against PSG was very good too. This time, we didn't concede a goal, played well, mixed up long and short balls, one-twos…we had a high tempo too for a team that plays every three days. And above all we scored against one of the league's best defences. We have won five of our last seven league games, that's good and it's how we'll be near the top of the table."

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We didn't play at all. Nothing that we had put in place worked. We wanted to press high with this system. Playing with five at the back was for us to try and find width and stop Luiz Gustavo dicatating play by pressing him in midfield, but I can explain everything to you: we didn't see any of that. We didn't win any challenges and we dropped back. The match would have been over at half-time but for our goalkeeper."

Saturday, November 4, 2017

 Angers SCO 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain 

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "I said before the match that they would decide the destiny of the game. And that's what they did. I have rarely seen such a consistent Paris side from beginning to end. They never left us the slightest hope apart from maybe the possibility of equalising at 1-1. They showed on the field the difference that existed before the match in terms of their budget being 20 times greater than ours. They were impressive. And if we were not at our best, far from it, the score speaks for itself. We have to accept it, even if it is difficult to lose 5-0 at home."

Unai Emery (Paris SG coach): "We spoke before the match about our last three away games. We hadn't shown enough control. Here, our superiority was clear. We were competitive for the whole 90 minutes. We started well, we kept pushing and we finished the game well too. It was at the same level as against Nice, Anderlecht. We want to demonstrate, with our attitude and our capacity to go and attack the opposition, that we can make the difference in games, and that the result will match our domination of the game. It is true that our first goal opened the game up for us, but we had five big chances in the first 30 minutes. And we never relaxed after that."

 AS Monaco 6-0 En Avant Guingamp 

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We gave a game to three fresh players in order to help the team. Touré, Traoré and Carrillo came in and strengthened us. We said we needed to have a good first half and the players did that so we could see out the game in the second half. I am happy with that. The most important thing is to play well every time. I have congratulated Almamy Touré. He made up for his recent performances where he hadn't been so good. We have a squad of players, which I have always said. Of course, I would like it if Falcao were always there. But Guido (Carrillo) scored twice and won a penalty. After 12 matches, Paris are ahead of the rest. But there are good times behind them. We are maintaining our level, but I am not thinking about Paris just now. We are four points behind and when we play them it will be a chance to close to one point. But first we need to win at Amiens."

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We are ashamed to lose 6-0. It's one set to love. We can be worried, yes. But we are not in danger right now in terms of our league position. We don't have the same worries as Metz, so there is no need to put pressure on ourselves. And yet we didn't play well and came up against a Monaco side who were frighteningly clinical. At half-time I was angry, and I still am now. I could have taken off all 11 players. We thought Monaco might have struggled physically after their Champions League match on Wednesday and we should have gone in with greater pace and more desire in the challenges. But the opposite happened. We can't incriminate one or two players, it is everyone, including me. But we won't play Monaco every weekend."

 Montpeller Hérault SC 1-1 Amiens SC  

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We need to use the ball better than we did, especially in the first half. We were ok for the first quarter of an hour, but then they got the better of us in terms of physical impact. We weren't winning the ball back and we struggled to find our attacking players. That is why we found it difficult to create chances. And then the last half hour was good but we couldn't hold onto the result. We were hoping for better from our last two home games. We lacked a finishing touch against Rennes and then here we couldn't hold the lead."

Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "We kept fighting right to the end to get that point. The equaliser was proof of the mental strength in the squad. At the start of the season, we said we wanted to come out of every game with our heads held high. We did that here. We were playing against the best defence and we managed to prevent Montpellier from playing their game. They didn't have any more chances than us and the draw was fair. This was our fifth consecutive away match and we have had two victories, two draws and one defeat. We know we will have to keep fighting to the end."

 FC Nantes 2-1 Toulouse FC 

Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "The most important thing is the way we reacted after conceding the goal. I am happy because before playing us, Toulouse had gone 350 minutes without conceding a goal. I asked my players to go out and win the 50-50 balls. We had a lot of chances. I thought the first half was the best we have seen of FC Nantes. In terms of intensity it was very good. I am always thinking about the next match - now my mind is on Paris."

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We didn't turn up in the first half. We forgot that Nantes are a side who impose themselves on the game physically. It was almost like a bunch of under-17s playing against the seniors, so it wasn't hard to do better in the second half. We were lucky enough to equalise, but then we made two mistakes at a Nantes attack, one from Amian and one from Sylla. When everyone comes back from international duty, I'll show my attackers the runs that Sala makes. I wanted to make three changes at half-time, and I could have made nine."

 ESTAC Troyes 3-0 RC Strasbourg Alsace 

Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "I am very satisfied. It is a very important victory. There are twists and turns when you're trying to stay up, and this was a turn in the right direction. It is a great scoreline and we dealt well with having the extra man, which is not always easy. We stuck to our game-plan. My team deserves respect, because we are not just solid. We can still do better but it is a great evening."

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "At 10 against 11 it was no longer the same match. We tried after that but we were a bit disillusioned. The teams cancelled each other out before that. The boys put the effort in but maybe were not willing to try enough things, and that is what saddens me the most. We had been on a good run and this is a little step backwards."

Friday, November 3, 2017

 Stade Rennais FC 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux 

Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "You saw a team that had a few absences today, and the players handled that. There's really a future that is being build at Stade Rennais, and it's not because of two defeats that everything should be called into question, or that we're not moving forward. You can't build in football like that. It's people who don't know football who think like that."

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "It's one more bad evening in what is a difficult period. We gave ourselves a big handicap by scoring an own goal after a third set-piece in as many minutes. We never looked like we could get back into it because we were too maladroit, we didn't get a shot on target. Rennes were better than that, even though they finished badly. We weren't precise enough to cause them problems. It's a difficult period, nothing is going right."

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