Week 18 Reactions - Genesio: 'Really good result'
Bruno Genesio hailed a really good Olympico result for his men; Claudio Ranieri admitted he deserved to be sent to the stands during Nantes-Angers. Full Week 18 reactions...
Sunday, Decembr 17, 2017
Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Olympique de Marseille
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "This was a really good result for us. We're within the objectives for the number of points to be on the podium at the end of the season. There is nothing definitively decided yet as Marseille were written off far too quickly. They are a quality side and it will be a ferocious battle to the end of the season for second and third places. We were fortunate to be in front at the break and that was down to Anthony Lopes' goalkeeping."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We're all disappointed and frustrated. The scoreline didn't reflect the way the game went. We should have gone in level at the break. We were out of luck and came up against an Anthony Lopes that was in top form and had luck on his side. After Steve's mistake there were still 84 minutes on the clock. He has earned us enough points this season that we can't be angry with him after this error. We're now three points back from Monaco and Lyon and we must beat Troyes on Wednesday."
OGC Nice 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We have come back well and we mustn't forget where we've come from. We are starting to get our confidence back and we'll keep working in order to progress in our 4-3-3 system. We have 26 points and we're still in the Coupe de la Ligue and in Europe. We know we still have a match to play at Lille and that will be very hard. We know that Mario will be suspended and we'll need to play well and manage to score without him."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We're frustrated we didn't manage to claim at least a point. The players worked hard in this new system during the week. I decided to play with five at the back after Toulouse so that we'll feel stronger collectively. We put in a lot of effort and we were applied but we lacked precision. Malcom coming on on the hour gave us a bit more. He gritted his teeth to help the team. Him coming back is a positive point and he'll be ready for Wednesday."
FC Nantes 1-0 Angers SCO
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "I deserved to be sent from the touchline because I touched the fourth official to show him the foul. We fought hard and Ciprian Tatarasanu didn't have a save to make. Our supporters backed us up well in the last ten minutes and they were magnificent. At ten against 11 we were still calm and Angers were more tired than we were. In order to stay fifth I think we need to move in the transfer market. We'll see what happens."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It's a defeat but my players really competed in this derby. I liked the attitude of my players. We lost on a detail. But despite all the positive things we did, it wasn't enough as we didn't manage a single shot on target. It's difficult to score a goal when it's like that. The problem is not in our approach play, it's in our finishing, and that's the hardest thing."
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Stade Rennais FC 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "The first half hour was very difficult. Apart from that I can't hold anything against my players. We played more like we wanted to in the second half but it was too late by then. We were spectators at the start of the match. We simply watched them play. When you let those players do what they want things become very complicated."
Unai Emery (PSG coach): "We talked before the match about maintaining our level, about being competitive for 90 minutes, because this was a strong opponent who beat Marseille in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday. I think we deserved to be 2-0 up in the first half, but at that point it's still possible for your opponent to get back into the game. After Rennes pulled a goal back we concentrated and we stayed calm."
Dijon FCO 3-0 LOSC
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "This is a great result. We got it thanks to a very good first half, in which we were efficient and scored three goals, as well as being defensively solid. I was waiting for a reaction after losing at Guingamp last Saturday [4-0]. There were a lot of misplaced passes in the second half. My team can do better. I think we can play a big role in the division this season.
Fernando da Cruz (LOSC interim coach): "I don't know what happened in the first half. It was unworthy of LOSC. We're a young team, but that doesn't explain everything. We were resigned to defeat too quickly. We made changes at the break and things improved. I know we can react against Nice on Wednesday, and we will."
Montpellier Hérault SC 1-3 FC Metz
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "It's hugely disappointing to lose this match, but it's our own fault. We made bad choices going forward. We were unable to control the game after going in front. We defended very badly with the goals we conceded. You have to stay organised, even if there are only ten minutes left. We didn't respect the fundamentals and we were punished. We had the chance go sixth if we won, but we didn't take it."
Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "We're delighted with this win. I would have preferred if we'd won sooner, and preferably in Metz, but we can't be picky, even less so than when you're bottom of the league. We have felt like we've been getting better for several weeks. It's important to win given our situation. We exploited our counter-attacking opportunities. It's a reward for our struggles. I hope it lifts the players."
RC Strasbourg Alsace 2-1 Toulouse FC
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "We knew they had players we had to keep an eye on. [Andy] Delort and [Max-Alain] Gradel were very busy. We played better in the second half. We had enough chances to score a third. Toulouse never gave up, though. It was in the balance until the very end. We have 24 points now, which isn't bad. We'll go to Metz [on Wednesday] to take at least a point."
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "It's unfortunate that we were drawing at half-time. We should have been ahead. We rushed things too much in the second half. Too many players let themselves down but as always, it's the coach's responsibility. I hope Toulouse will be back here to play in Ligue 1 whether it's with or without me. We played well despite the defeat. Le Racing are back. It's magical for them. Congratulations to the people of Strasbourg."
ESTAC Troyes 1-0 Amiens SC
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "It was an important match between two nice teams and it's a very good win for us. I loved the attitude and the intensity of my players. We raised our level in the second half. We had to forget about the disallowed goal [South Korean striker Suk Hyun-jun had a header ruled out on 37 minutes]. We deserved the win because we created a lot of chances. We've achieved our goal of 21 points."
Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "We were in the game but as it went on Troyes had more control and pressure. We suffered in the second half. We were losing our 50/50s when they scored. It was a bad night for us. Troyes played like they were playing a final against us. We now have to play the same way against Nantes on Wednesday."
SM Caen 0-0 EA Guingamp
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We always create plenty of chances but we were wasteful. We have 24 points, though, which isn't so bad. We would have taken that at the start of the season. Our team has limits. Two players [Ronny Rodelin and Ivan Santini] score almost all of our goals. That's not something we can change overnight. But it's a team game. I'm glad we didn't let our heads go down. We have a difficult road ahead, but at least we have the right attitude."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "It's a very good point, I'll take it! We were harried in the first half and we struggled to get on the ball. We had a good second half, though, and created a lot of chances. This is our fourth game without conceding, and we can build on this record. Perhaps we weren't daring enough today. We played with some quality but we lacked a cutting edge."
Friday, December 15, 2017
AS Saint-Etienne 0 - 4 AS Monaco
Julien Sablé (Saint-Etienne coach): "I don't want to use words that are too strong. These are never easy moments. I'm very sad. We have a game to play in three days [Saint-Etienne play EA Guingamp on Wednesday]. We must fight. We won't let go. Talking is useless, we have to stand up and be counted."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "It's a beautiful evening. Monaco won and played well. We scored a lot of goals. It wasn't the best time for Saint-Etienne. ASSE game us a lot of space and we took advantage. We played well, we combined down both wings. We could have scored more if we'd been more efficient. We have pressure and the ambition to progress. This is the Monaco project. Everyone knows how we want to play."
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