Week 2 Reactions - Nemyar Jr: 'Mark my territory'
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar Jr was happy to have laid down a marker with an assist and a goal on debut in the 3-0 win in Guingamp on Sunday; Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim hailed hat-trick hero Radamel Falcao's contribution.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
EA Guingamp 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Jimmy Briand (EA Guingamp striker): "We're not disappointed, as we played exactly how we wanted to play in the first half. We knew there would be a difference between them and us and when they play at that level, you see the difference clearly. For me, [Edinson] Cavani was the most impressive, and he scored again. Neymar needs no introduction. We knew he would pose a huge danger for us. They played a serious match and when they do that, we know they are better than us. They showed us that we're not really playing in the same league."
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "I think the team played for 90 minutes with the dominant spirit that we wanted to have. We started with a lot of pressure and we comfortably dominated possession. We used the space well, we showed a good attitude, that which you have to have during such games. The second half is the consequence of the work done in the first. We were patient until the first goal, and created a lot of chances. We put in the great performance we wanted to. Neymar? He's a great player, great players always find each other and are happy to play together. There are a lot of them in this team."
Neymar Jr (Paris Saint-Germain forward): "I'm very happy with this first win in my first match. I felt very comfortable with my new teammates. I'm also very happy to have scored; it's very important that I mark my territory right from the start. I'm ok with the situation surrounding my transfer. I don't feel any particular pressure. I knew it would be very difficult to leave Barça, but I'm very happy here. People think that leaving Barcelona means the end of everything, but no, to the contrary, I feel more alive than ever. I'm playing, I'm happy and football is still football. The country, the city and the team can change, but football remains the same."
RC Strasbourg Alsace 3-0 LOSC
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "I tried to watch the game objectively and when it was 11 against 11 I saw one team that dominated the other. I know some will say that Lille lost because they went down to ten men [LOSC goalkeeper Mike Maignan was sent off on 63 minutes], but you can't take away from what my players did. We put in a coherent performance. We wanted to stop Lille from playing and that's what we did. We fought from the first to the 93rd minute. Three points and three goals is good for us, but how we played was the most important thing."
Marcelo Bielsa (LOSC coach): "We were ever able to impose our style of play on the game. We were unable to overcome our opponents' set-up. The difference in quality between the two teams should clearly be in our favour, so that makes me responsible for the defeat. Our opponents managed to shut us down. For me the red card was not the turning point in the match. Strasbourg deserved to take advantage."
Dijon FCO 1-4 AS Monaco
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "We helped Monaco with our poor defending. We conceded three goals from set pieces. Being a defender means showing attention, rigour, concentration. Our marking wasn't good enough. We have to sign a centre-back as we've lost Wesley Lautoa for several months. We lack firepower even when we create chances. Two of our strikers were missing [Benjamin Jeannot and Julio Tavares], but our priority is a central defender."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We had a good match and were effective from dead balls. We worked hard to control the game. The players showed their quality and I can only praise them. As for Falcao, he's a great striker. That's important for his confidence, and also for the confidence of the team. [Kylian] Mbappé? Sometimes in order to improve a player you need to give them a carrot, at others times the stick."
Saturday, August 12, 2017
FC Nantes 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "It is the first time in my career that I have had to change three players in (the first) 25 minutes. Luck is not on our side at the moment. But the substitutes did well, and the second half was very good. In a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 the team was in a better position to cover the pitch because Marseille were playing very well through the lines. The spirit among the players is good and the supporters were good. All we can do is improve."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It is three points. We came here to put our overalls on and get down to work. Nantes were looking to bounce back and we knew what to expect, and at least from that point of view we did our job. But we must not forget that Tatarusanu had a great game in the first half because we should have been in front at half-time. In the second half there were moments when we were a bit more disjointed but we still did everything to win the match. We finished with five attackers on the pitch - I think we had seven players in the final third when we scored. What I was less happy about was that Nantes should have equalised."
Amiens SC 0-2 Angers SCO
Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "Angers were superior to us and deserved the win. We were coherent in the first half and could have gone in level at half-time. In the second half, after the second goal, we had a bad spell which could have cost us even more. Angers defended well and it was difficult for us to make any impact going forward. I hope new signings are going to come in to boost the attack before the transfer window closes. It is imperative that we get two attacking reinforcements. But that will not prevent us from giving the balls away in midfield that led to the two goals tonight. We need to improve in every area. I thought we would be capable of better."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We had a few issues controlling their midfield in the first half. In the second we felt like we had much more of a hold on the game. We should even have killed off any suspense by scoring a third goal but we missed two chances. It is a first victory, and away from home too, so it is a great evening. We are still a long way from what we are capable of, but it was enough to win the game so the players deserve to be congratulated."
Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 FC Metz
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "It was important after Videoton to bounce back in the league. We did that at Angers last week in a difficult match even though we didn't manage to win it. The next step was to get back to winning ways at home and perform well to win over our fans again. The goal did us good as it meant we led going into half-time. The second half was much better, more along the lines of what we wanted to do. For this match at home I thought it would have been premature to start our two Brazilians (Otávio and Jonathan Cafu). Cafu showed straight away that he had the rhythm. For Otávio, he hadn't done anything all week, and then there was the time difference. It was the wisest thing to do (to leave him on the bench)."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "It is a real shame that we conceded the goal in the 44th minute. It was the same last week. These goals make it difficult for us to come back - Bordeaux's goal came from their only shot in the first half, even though they were always trying. We didn't feel as though we were in danger. In the second half it was more difficult and after the second goal it became very difficult. We lacked penetration in the final third but we must not panic and we must keep our confidence."
SM Caen 0-1 AS Saint-Etienne
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We deserved better. We pressed them, created chances. We know we lack power in midfield and at the goal we lost a challenge in midfield and then they hit us on the break. But I saw a team that was full of determination and showed quality. Technically we played well, but we lost. We are lacking an experienced, technical player in midfield. The team feels more solid with Da Silva and Djiku in central defence but a team's solidity is not solely about the back four. But my team were not rewarded for their efforts today."
Óscar García (Saint-Etienne coach): "Not many teams will win here. We played with a lot of intensity and the players all worked hard for one another. I am very happy for the players and the supporters. We had two good chances to score in the first half to score and then in the second half we scored from our only chance. That is a good thing. I have already said that we need time but I am very pleased at the character and the attitude shown by the players."
Toulouse FC 1-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "It was important that we got the three points. We played well in the first half and we scored when we were on top. We didn't dominate the second half in the same way and we gave ourselves a bit of a scare."
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "I think the referee got the penalty call wrong. He had a good match but got that one wrong. There are duels like that 100,000 times in every game. I wasn't happy with our first half. The second half was better but it wasn't enough."
Friday, August 11, 2017
OGC Nice 1-2 ESTAC Troyes
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It was a match that we could've won. It's going to take time to reach our best level. There are loads of things we need to restore: pressing, tracking back, attacking plays. But tonight is far from all negative. Allan Saint-Maximin's performance was very positive. It takes patience for everything to gel. We have to work hard but I'm not worried."
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "We don't need to talk about possession. If our opponent has 78 per cent of possession in our half, that's one thing. Having it in their own is quite another. We accepted that Nice would have a lot of the ball. We achieved a real feat, showing quality in our game, in our moves and our attack. We were up against one of the best teams in the division, but I was confident we had the means to thwart this team."
Stade Rennais FC 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): It's disappointing to start with a home defeat. We had a lot of ambition but we failed to control the game. Lyon have players who are capable of making a difference. This game didn't hinge on much. It was a bit of a crazy game. We need to get wiser when it comes to managing a whole match, especially when it comes to keeping the ball.
Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "The most important thing at this level is winning, so I'll remember the three points before anything. In the match we saw many good things, with and without the ball. Overall I'm satisfied. We're still at the beginning of the season, we have players at various degrees of form and match fitness. We were able to keep Rennes at bay. They played a high-tempo game. I'm please we were able to snatch a win away from home."
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