Week 15 reactions - OM's Garcia keeping cool
Marseille boss Rudi Garcia looked to keep a lid on the excitement after his side rocketed into second place with a 3-0 win over Metz; PSG coach Unai Emery relished the test that saw his side stretch their lead to ten points.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
FC Metz - Olympique de Marseille
Frédéric Hantz (FC Metz coach): "Tonight were powerless against OM, who will finish in the top three. They were superior to us by two or three orders of magnitude. We need to lift our standards, because what I saw tonight was not enough. We need to hunker down and face our demons, talk to each other, work hard and maintain our fighting spirit. When you arrive at a club that has just three points after 11 matches, you know it will be tough, but you hope for the best while preparing for the worst."
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "We got the job done. We needed a win away to the bottom side and that's what we got. We're in the midst of a run of ten quick-fire matches before the winter break; we have six left to go and things are going well. We're happy that the others [Lyon and Monaco] didn't win. We've moved into second but the end of the season is still along way off. What counts is being as high up the table as possible come the end of the season. Now is not the time to get carried away. Our objective remains the same: a top-four finish."
Paris Saint-Germain - ESTAC Troyes
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We were up against a side that defended very well. They caused us plenty of problems. It was a good challenge for us, because we are always looking to improve. Winning matches easily can sometimes lead to a false sense of security. Today we were tactically smart. We showed patience. We started well, but just couldn't find that final ball. We had to answer the challenge and, in the end, we did that."
Jean-Louis Garcia (ESTAC Troyes coach): "We believed we could get a result, so of course we're frustrated with how it turned out. We did everything right to pose Paris problems and they were struggling more and more before Neymar made the difference with his individual skill. I'm proud of how my team carried themselves. I wanted us to show that ' accident."
FC Nantes - AS Monaco
Claudio Ranieri (FC Nantes coach): "It was important to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the trot. We won against the champions, so these three points are golden. We played a good match and I'm satisfied with my team. We were vigilant, especially from free-kicks, which are one of Monaco's strengths. My players were focused and shut down the spaces. After two defeats, it was important to reconnect our brain."
Danijel Subasic (AS Monaco 'keeper): "That's football, that's how it is. We have to get through this difficult period. At the moment it's tricky. But we need to stick together and show we have character. We need to talk to each other and keep moving forward together, I've said it a thousand times. Mentality? I don't know. One thing's for sure, games can be decided by small details. There's always a little something missing at the moment, in the last thirty yards."
Olympique Lyonnais - LOSC Lille
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "In the first half, we weren't pulling together. We left Lille too much time and space to get off the back foot. But sometimes in a season you just have a dip in form. You have to learn how to accept it. I think we deserved a point given our second-half performance, but you have to be vigilant and 100% focused at all times. We need to bounce back of Sunday's clash with Caen."
Gerard Lopez (LOSC president): "It's obvious that this win will do us good. For the rest, I won't say too much other than the fact that I think everything is going well. We'll work hard and that's it. We shouldn't be where we are currently and that means that we need to keep working very hard. Tonight we saw our lads play as a team, which in itself is a great improvement on our last match [a 3-0 defeat in Montpellier]. We know we have the talent; we have never had any doubts about our players. There was no meeting with [suspended coach] Marcelo Bielsa, because he didn't want to come. We've accepted the LFP's ruling [a hearing with the LFP's Judicial Commission, requested by Bielsa, is set for December 12], and we continue to work on our project."
Angers SCO - Stade Rennais FC
Stéphane Moulin (Angers SCO coach): "Tonight, we put the ingredients together, but still there was a certain something missing. We had several chances to re-take the lead, but we couldn't manage it. We didn't play at our best but we did play as a team. I'm not sure that Rennes deserved the win; they made the most of set pieces to beat us. We need to keep working and believe in what we're doing. I'm neither surprised nor worried, but this result confirms what I've been thinking: we have very little wiggle room."
Sabri Lamouchi (Stade Rennais FC coach): "Above all I'm happy with the strength of character my players showed. We went behind somewhat against the run of play - we created a rod for our own backs with that free-kick. But I'm focusing on how we bounced back, a goal down away from home. We weren't prepared to settle for a draw; we went after the win. And we deserved it."
Toulouse FC - OGC Nice
Andy Delort (Toulouse FC striker): "This one really hurts us. It was a complicated match, but we were controlling things well when all of a sudden we were hit by a bolt of lightning. When you're in a position to win a match and then end up losing it 2-1, when you have chances to kill it off, it's a sure sign of a losing mentality. That was the case tonight. Now we need to get back to winning ways and start making progress once again."
Pierre Lees-Melou (OGC Nice midfielder): "We needed that; we started poorly, conceding a goal after a sending off, but we dug deep to get the win. We showed our character and we showed our desire, so that's great. But we can't stop here. We're playing at home to Metz next up, and it won't be easy. If we have to win like we did tonight, with guts and determination, then we'll do it, because we need the points."
EA Guingamp - Montpellier Hérault SC
Antoine Kombouaré (EA Guingamp coach): "We started well, but we lacked the cutting edge to make the break. We were up against the league's best defence. In the second half we dropped off and it got tougher and tougher to find their weaknesses. It's complicated; we're going through a tough patch, but at least we got a point and kept a clean sheet."
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier HSC coach): "When you don't win, it always means you could have done better. Still, we kept a clean sheet and won a point away from home. Both sides were pretty sloppy, which is why there were relatively few chances. We had four of them and Guingamp had none. I'm happy with my side's defending, but going forward we weren't precise enough to hope for more than a point."
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Amiens SC 2 - 1 Dijon FCO
Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "The amount of energy my players put into the game against a very good Dijon side was incredible. I wasn't expecting us to show the resources we did in the second half. My players surprised me tonight. In terms of attitude, there is no difference between those going off and those coming on. Not in our wildest dreams did we think we would come close to 17 points at the winter break and we already have 21."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It was complicated on a difficult pitch made heavy by the bad weather. We were unable to stay solid while Amiens did. We felt we were fragile and in a muddle at the back. That has already cost us quite a lot of points this season. What saddened me was our indiscipline, especially in the first half. Conceding goals, that happens, but you need to keep a cool head."
RC Strasbourg Alsace 0 - 0 SM Caen
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "I was disappointed with the first half because I thought we could have done better in certain situations. We really suffered in the second half. We got a bit of luck but that's no bad thing from time to time. We are satisfied with a point, we'll settle for that. As much as I was disappointed at Saint-Etienne because the three points were there for the taking, tonight I am proud of the effort my players put in. They have big hearts."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I have two feelings - on the one hand it is positive because it is always good to take a point away from home. On the other hand, we controlled the game from beginning to end but couldn't kill it off. I felt we put in a lot of effort defensively but there wasn't the desire to go and look for the goal. It was better in the second half, we created more chances but we didn't score. We will nevertheless savour this point and then recover to be ready for Sunday against Lyon. My players have a remarkable spirit."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 0 AS Saint-Etienne
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "After our disappointments against Marseille and Caen, where we played well without being rewarded, we needed to taste victory again and the players responded superbly. What I thought was interesting was, above and beyond the victory and the scoreline, that despite everything that was at stake the players played their game. We played good football at times and were clinical too. With one of our first chances Alex (Mendy) scored a super goal and that gave everyone confidence. When you lead 2-0 at half-time, the key is to keep the players awake so they start well again and we needed the third goal so Saint-Etienne didn't get their hopes up. When we get the first goal, the second, we feel stronger and then we feel less vulnerable. The feeling at the end was joy at seeing the team win again and the squad rewarded."
Julien Sablé (Saint-Etienne coach): "After four minutes, the gameplan we put in place went up in smoke. We are very fragile at the moment. It is frustrating, but I am also angry and we know that in these situations we need to stick together, not be divided. We will find solutions, and we have a very important match against Nantes in four days. I am a competitor, I hate losing and I don't like to see my club in this state. Mentally we are in difficulty, and things are going against us. We will need to be strong against Nantes, not bury our heads in the sand, recuperate, stick together and get down to work."