Week 13 reactions - Garcia: 'A positive dynamic'

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Olympique de Marseille coach Rudi Garcia praised his side's mental game after they scored late in the 0-0 draw away to Bordeaux, whose boss Jocelyn Gourvennec felt his side deserved much better.

Sunday, November 20, 2017

 Girondins de Bordeaux  1 - 1  Olympique de Marseille

Jocelyn Gourvennec (FC Girondins de Bordeaux coach): "It's a huge disappointment to drop two points like that. We weren't rewarded for a really excellent performance in a high-stakes match. We wanted to bounce back for our fans, and even more so against a side playing for a top-three finish. We stepped up in the way we were hoping to; we took control of the match in fine fashion, opening the scoring early. But two things affected the result in the end: we couldn't manage to score a second goal, and there were certain decisions that went against us. But after having taken an early lead, we should have taken all three points. As four our points tally, we'll take stock at Christmas. We still have six matches to go before then and, if we can play as well as we did tonight, we will collect some points on the way."

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "When you get a 1-1 draw by scoring in injury time, you always have the feeling of having pinched a result. If things had gone the other way, we would have been pretty disappointed. But the lads maintained their belief right to the end. We put ourselves into a tight spot through an individual error early on, but that can happen. We were a bit sloppy with the final ball and finishing so that's why we didn't equalise earlier, but we were much better in the second half. We knew we could go third with a win [following draws for Monaco and Lyon], but we missed out because of our poor first half. Still, we chased the equaliser all match long and so we're happy with the point and staying on a positive dynamic."

 Montpellier Hérault SC 0-0 Olympique Lyonnais 

Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "We're very disappointed with the result. We lacked technical precision and quality, especially in the second half. We should have done much much better. We also lacked a bit of freshness. We had been warned, but we weren't able to get out of Montpellier's defensive set-up. In the first half, there were some good things with one or two situations that could have seen us go in front. We didn't do that unfortunately, and after the interval, we lacked far too many things, technical precision, physical and mental freshness to trouble our opponents. You could say that the international break halted our momentum, just like other teams that had internationals jetting off to the four corners of the globe. But there was also the way Montpellier played, which makes them the best defence in the league."

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We played a great game throughout. We wanted to win, but we weren't able to. We lacked precision with our crosses and with our shots, and we made bad choices. In the second half, we took control, notably in midfield. Before half time, Lyon had three good chances, two of which we gave them. We defend well, we have to continue doing that."

 SM Caen 1-1 OGC Nice 

Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It's tricky. It's a shame, because we could have won it. We didn't play badly, we had some good team sequences, we had a few chances, especially in the second half, and we conceded a goal in the last 30 seconds that could have been avoided. But that's the way it is. The cross came in and we should have been more focussed. We didn't start all that well, but we slowly took control of things. Not 100%, but we had a lot of possession. We passed the ball around, we scored a goal. In the second half, we lost too many balls, especially in midfield. We lost the ball too often due to pressing. You have to play quickly, or get it forward quickly and press them. We missed that a little bit, even though we created some chances."

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "It's not a win, it's a draw, but it's a point that's deserved given the balance of play. We started the game well, during 20 minutes or so we went forward and caused them problems. They're a team with good technical qualities and who dominate possession, so if you are late, you don't go forward, and of course there comes a time when they hurt you and that's what happened. But I think our second half was very promising, spending it virtually all in the Nice half, even if they had some chances, but Rémy [Vercoutre] made the saves that needed to be made."

Saturday, November 19, 2017

Paris Saint-Germain  4 - 1  FC Nantes

Unai Emery (Paris SG coach): (On Cavani) "We are very happy. For me, all individual objectives that help the collective objectives are good. Edi helps with the goals he scores, with his work and with his spirit. He is a player who works hard and is important to the squad, to the club and to the supporters. (On Mbappé not playing) He came back like other players after the international break. He has played a lot of matches and there are times when it is good to bring in other players. I think this competition for places is good as we look for the best collective performance. There are nine matches before the holidays in December and we have spoken to the staff about how to manage the players for the games to come. Today was good also for the players who came in like Yuri, Ángel Di María and Javier Pastore. When you can rotate it helps the players physically and mentally, and helps the overall performance. Some players play more than others but we want to share around the minutes."

Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "I tried to park the bus, and we played well for the first 30 minutes, but then we conceded the first goal. We got a bit unlucky with the other goals but against great champions you have to take your hat off. The important thing is that a negative experience helps the players to improve. We were playing a team who want to win the Champions League, who have beaten Bayern Munich and Anderlecht, who score lots of goals against everyone. I knew we had a good chance of losing. We did our maximum and I am satisfied with the match, albeit I'm not satisfied at losing four goals. This is my first year at Nantes and I don't know what we are capable of doing, but Paris will win the league. They are great champions, highly motivated and have a great coach. They have the quality to win the Champions League."

Dijon FCO  3 - 1  ESTAC Troyes

Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "For us the three points were essential. We have seen the other results and it is very tight. I was very worried at half-time. Too many things were not functioning and we could not afford to continue like that. I made two changes by bringing on Saïd to support Tavares, and Xeka in front of the defence. Our start to the second half was exceptional, with the two goals in three minutes. Kwon and Tavares, who again showed his important to the collective with his two goals and the work he put in for the team, changed the game. It was not all perfect, but we held on. We need to take the positives and keep picking up points in the coming matches."

Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "We had a bit of a blackout between Dijon's equaliser and their third goal. Dijon were lucky to go in at half-time on level terms. And they equalised a few seconds after we missed a chance to make it 2-0. I told the players that playing well in Ligue 1 means winning. It is not acceptable to concede two goals in three minutes. I am not happy with the performance. I prefer to be rubbish, have a team of oafs, but win. I couldn't care less about playing well and losing. We just need to shut up and get on with our work."

EA Guingamp  1 - 1  Angers SCO

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We wanted to win and we did enough to get the three points in the first half. After the break we couldn't swing the match our way, especially after the sending-off. But I was pleased with the bravery of my players. We were solid and we held on. We just need to be more consistent and more solid, stop defending too deep and getting in our goalkeeper's way. But it's a good point."

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We could have done better. We performed well throughout the match, we tried, we were enterprising, but we didn't get the breaks. The Guingamp goalkeeper Johnsson showed with two of his saves why he is going to the World Cup with Sweden. They defended well, particularly with 10 men. We just lacked that little spark to unsettle them. But I am satisfied with the performance. Our goalkeeper did not have a single save to make."

 RC Strasbourg Alsace  2 - 1  Stade Rennais FC 

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "We played very well in the first half. The start of the second period was tougher but we were rarely in danger. We lack a bit of experience when it comes to handling matches. It is not a problem when we win but it is something we will need to remedy. We are improving and the lads are realising that they need to be at 100 percent all the time. As a promoted club it is difficult, and you can't afford to only be at 90 percent. That is the reality at the top level. We know where we have come from but I'd like us to apply the basics better, not concede a goal for example."

Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "We put out the best team possible tonight but it was not enough and Strasbourg deserved the win. They dominated the first half and we were very lucky to only be 1-0 down. The second period was better, we were more aggressive and we tried to get the ball down on the ground in the Rennes way. But the sending-off penalised us. I would have liked to continue the run of victories. The next objective will be to get as many players back as possible and prepare for the next match which will be very important for our supporters. If we want to stand a chance of upsetting Nantes we will need to do better than our second half tonight."

 Toulouse FC  0 - 0  FC Metz 

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We should have won the match but we lack character. We also lack a bit of courage. By not wanting to win the game we almost ended up losing. Metz displayed quality so bravo to them and to Hantz."

Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "We can be satisfied with the point even though we could have won the game. I got positive responses to the questions I was asking before the match. If we keep playing like that we will start winning very quickly. We need to keep believing that we can stay up. I think we can get there."

Friday, November 18, 2017

 Amiens SC  1 - 1  AS Monaco

Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "You saw how much the public got behind us. I had hoped it would be a party, but I think the people left very happy. They saw an Amiens team that battled to the end. There's a bit of frustration, because by getting point after point, we're not moving forward very quickly. But the team's performance could be described as a surprise. We were able to stop Monaco from playing, and that's not nothing. It would have been cruel not to have gotten a point. The draw, this performance, gives the team a lot of energy."

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We didn't manage to achieve our objective, especially in the first half. We didn't control possession, we failed to complete a lot of passes, we didn't play collectively. After that, we managed to play more with the ball, be more creative, but it wasn't enough. We disappointed, because we aim to win every game. In the first half, it was negative. In the second, positive. It's not about the system, it's about the style of playing."

 LOSC Lille  3 - 1  AS Saint-Etienne 

Marcelo Bielsa (Lille coach): "We played well and came out with the win, so it's certainly one of our best performances of the season. This win is a relief, but we'll have to reinforce it in the future by stabilising our position in the table and our standard of play. I saw a good performance from Thiago Mendes, but the fact the whole team put on a good display, tried to go forward, is satisfying."

Julien Sablé (Saint-Etienne coach): "We've had three days trying to give the best of ourselves, trying to unite. It would have been beginners' luck if we had won this game. I can't reproach the players the effort they put in, even if sometimes it wasn't rational. We're having a crisis of confidence. We mustn't become disunited. We have a big challenge next week against Strasbourg. We'll have to take it on."


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