Week 14 Reactions - Emery: 'We are the stronger side'
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was happy with his side's nine-point lead atop the standings but felt the 2-1 scoreline in Monaco should have been wider; opposite number Leonardo Jardim scotched talk of title ambitions.
Sunday, 26 November 2017
Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco coach): "I don't think that we can say Monaco have lost the title. Sure, we're the reigning champions, but the title isn't our objective. We're staying true to our project. In France, there is only one club that can claim the title as their objective [PSG]. I'm not happy. We can do more. But credit must go to our opponents, who controlled the game with their individual talent. We lost a lot of challenges, but we lost them to high-quality players. We have to work physically, mentally and tactically but we also have to work on our character. The big message from tonight: you can always do more. But you also have to admit that the opposition had more quality and that won them the match."
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We're happy with the three points. It's important to carve out a decent lead [nine points over second-placed Olympique Lyonnais and third-placed Monaco]. Now we need to keep working and improve by being even more demanding out on the pitch. The team produced a lot in attack but needs to do better in terms of finishing. We deserved the win, but it should have come by a much bigger margin. We were looking to keep a clean sheet against a free-scoring side, but we couldn't manage it. Still, we did show that, this season, we are the stronger side. No rivals in France? Marseille are in excellent form. Lyon are on a hot streak and Monaco are still Monaco. What makes us strong right now is our individual talent linked with our collective talent."
Olympique de Marseille 1-0 EA Guingamp
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "I'm satisfied as we're fourth in the table. We wanted to win and we won. In order to pretend we'd played well then we would have needed to have won by more. We controlled the match and played very well in the first half and it was a shame to be at the mercy of a potential late equaliser. We're the only team to have scored in every league game. We deserved to have scored more goals."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We're disappointed to have lost but when you play like that you can't hope for anything better. The thrashing we'd received at Monaco was still our minds. OM didn't need to be very good to beat us. We were better in the second half without being dangerous. We need to get back to winning ways in order to get our confidence back and smiles back on the faces. "
OGC Nice 0-5 Olympique Lyonnais
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "This was the worst match we've played since I've been at the club. We weren't able to win the ball back and we played high up the pitch at the wrong times. We weren't co-ordinated and left ourselves exposed. Defensively we were cut open and you can't afford to be cut open like that. We'd repeated enough times before the match that Lyon are very strong on the break. We left ourselves open and offered ourselves up to them. Today wasn't good and I'm willing to be the focal point for the criticism."
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "We'd already played without Nabil Fekir at Troyes and the scoreline here shows the quality of the squad. We can rotate and the team still performs well. We played really well and were disciplined defensively, like at Saint-Etienne and Troyes, and we've got so much attacking talent capable of making the difference. To allow them to shine we needed to be good at winning the ball back. It's about teamwork."
Saturday, 25 November 2017
Stade Rennais FC 2-1 FC Nantes
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "My team started the game well and created two or three big chances at the end of the first half. Unfortunately, we let them play a bit after they scored and struggled to keep the ball. We had to dig deep in the end. Their work ethic pleased me. I think my players deserved this win."
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "The performance was good, we played well, but with a lot of yellow cards. I think we played better when we were 10 against 11! It was a good derby. Rennes won so congratulations to them. But I also want to congratulate my players because I'm satisfied with their performance. We lost, but we could have won."
SM Caen 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We had to play a big game, and we did it. The first half was quite good in my opinion, even if Bordeaux had chances. We were able to score, through Ivan Santini for those who doubted him! In the second half, we suffered a lot, but since the beginning of the season this team has shown hard work and defensive confidence. We are eight points away from the bottom. This is a very good thing for us"
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We enjoyed one-way traffic in the first half but we couldn't make it count. The team worked hard. Since the draw with Marseille the team has found some rhythm. We found gaps and always had a chance, but it wasn't enough. We must keep moving in this direction. We don't have enough points yet. We need to address this against Saint-Etienne on Tuesday."
Dijon FCO 3-1 Toulouse FC
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon): "We had a hard time getting into the game and we suffered a blow with their penalty, but we got back into it little by little. We had an fit, athletic team in front of us, but we found some flaws. The first goal was really important."
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "Dijon didn't start well but we made too many mistakes to capitalise. When they scored we stood still. It was a strange game for us."
FC Metz 0-2 Amiens SC
Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "It's a huge disappointment. I said before the match that it was a turning point in our season. But it was not a final either. There will be more turning points by Christmas and we will take stock then. I mostly blame myself for not being able to convince the players of their own qualities. We lacked the confidence to win as we had a chance to win here."
Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "Our plan was to punish a direct opponent, and we managed this. We played with quality in the first half. We could have killed the match sooner. The whole team played well. It's in their DNA to work for each other. We're not finished with 18 points. We must keep moving in the same direction. We must congratulate the players but the championship still has a very long way to go."
Montpellier Hérault SC 3-0 LOSC
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "The team did what I expected of them. We came back into the game with intensity and technique. We had to build upon our good away performances with a win at the Stade de la Mosson and we did it. It was important to start this week with three games well and we did that with this victory. We scored three goals without conceding which is very positive and it gives us confidence. We must continue like this. It's a beautiful evening for us."
Fernando Da Cruz (LOSC interim co-coach): "This week was unique. We only had the team for two training sessions so it's hard to put things in place. We lack confidence and this lack of confidence led us to concede this goal quickly. We did not play as a team tonight, everyone played for themselves, and a team like Montpellier doesn't forgive that, even if we were better in the second half."
ESTAC Troyes 3-0 Angers FCO
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "I'm very satisfied with my players who had the reaction I expected after the 3-1 defeat in Dijon. They combined rigour, quality and aggression. This is a very important win for our survival. Against PSG on Wednesday, we will try to prove ourselves worthy of this division and show the best of ourselves."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "Everything disappointed me tonight. Starting the game badly did not bode well and we didn't have the weapons to reverse the trend. Our opponents didn't let us get back into it. Of course I'm worried after playing like that and given where we are in the table. I hope we will show a reaction against Rennes. It's up to us to show that we're better than that."
Friday, 24 November 2017
AS Saint-Etienne 2-2 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Julien Sablé (Saint-Etienne coach): “There were positives in terms of our spirit and we had more possession than of late and created more chances. We scored at two strategic moments but then conceded two goals from set pieces. We’re convalescent. We are progressing but nothing will come to us easily. I’d like to salute Strasbourg as they didn’t try to close the game down. We wanted to take three points and we took one.”
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): “We are happy to have taken a point because the longer it went on the harder we found it to control the game. We defended a lot and didn’t counter well. It’s easier to come back against a team that might have doubts in their minds. We know how to create chances but our chance conversion ratio is too low to win more often. We need to keep working and I’m happy with the attitude of my players. This sort of match will help us grow as a team.”