Week 21 reactions
Paris Saint-Germain's biggest ever home win had coach Unai Emery purring, and looking for more in the weeks ahead. Dijon FCO coach Olivier Dall'Oglio admitted the 8-0 loss at the Parc des Princes was embarrassing. Reactions...
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Amiens SC 1 - 1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "It was important to start picking up points again, from a psychological viewpoint as well. My players dug in and gave everything to get this draw. I was afraid we were going to relive the same scenario as against Lyon and Nantes (two late defeats at home) in the final 10 minutes. That is why I had to calm the team's desire to attack. As for our latest signing (Stiven) Mendoza, I was really pleased with him. He is carefree and has fire in his legs. I took a gamble by starting him on the back of his recent training sessions."
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "I am angry at losing (two points) a match like that. We played very well, but our finishing was poor, the final touch was non-existent. They did not have a single real chance apart from their goal when we had six against two."
Angers SCO 3 - 1 ESTAC Troyes
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We knew it would be a bit of a tight game, and difficult because it was our fourth in 10 days. We saw that in the first half-hour where we struggled to really get going. The goal helped us and I think we deserved to win the game. The goal forced Troyes to come out a bit more. This victory has to give confidence to the players and I hope it will really breathe life into the supporters. To be 15th? It is a reward that will only have any value if, come May the 16th, we are higher than 18th. We must not get carried away. We wanted to win tonight, it was a chance not to be missed, and we didn't miss it."
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "It is a very frustrating defeat. We were 1-0 down at the break having hardly conceded any chances. We were too naive at the first goal. Defensively we were coherent on the whole, reduced the spaces and I think we could have been dangerous going forward. We were lucky enough to equalise quite quickly but then we conceded the same type of goal, from a free-kick this time. This defeat hurts and we have lost our centre-forward (Suk Hyun-Jun) who came on and went off five minutes later with a bad ankle sprain. It is a very bad night. We are formatted to fight for survival up to the final day. The league table is not what matters, but how we manage to start winning again does, starting Saturday against Lille."
EA Guingamp 0 - 2 Olympique Lyonnais
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "It is not an evening to forget. We have to acknowledge Lyon's superiority. It was not a great match from us. We were not up to the required standard. But against a Lyon side who were strong, solid defensively and created lots of chances, it is true that a 2-0 defeat is logical, and it could have been more. But what I liked despite everything in this defeat is that we kept fighting right to the end. What is especially important for us is that we don't forget what we have done before, and above all that we bounce back quickly and put things right starting on Saturday against Amiens."
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "It was an accomplished performance and I saw what I like to see from my time: good football, lots of movement, seriousness, and respect for our tactical set-up. It is a great evening, although I think we could and should have won bya bigger margin. I think we had more clear chances then when we won at Saint-Etienne, Nice or Troyes, for example. When we are as good as that technically, and when we have that kind of movement - because to play one-touch football you need movement and players available for the man on the ball - it is true that it is pleasing to watch."
LOSC 1 - 2 Stade Rennais FC
Christophe Galtier (Lille coach): "It is three points dropped when you are winning 1-0 in the 85th minute. But the score-line was a flattering one when you see how the game was going. The disappointment is with the result but not only that. We didn't have the desire tonight. We were attractive going forward at Caen on Saturday, but we didn't show enough today. I made changes to make us more compact, but it didn't prove to be the case. There is too big a gulf between what we managed to do on Saturday at Caen and what we failed to do tonight."
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "We conceded a lot of goals, too many, against Paris and Marseille. So here I have to congratulate my players, and we needed a reaction after a debacle at home. I enjoyed the reaction from my players, and I think we deserved the victory. We played some good stuff going forward and overall I am quite satisfied with the performance from the players. We controlled the match and Lille, with five attacking players on the field, were not very dangerous. We were well organised, disciplined, and coherent at the back."
FC Metz 3 - 0 AS Saint-Etienne
Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "It is hugely satisfying to win this match. I am delighted with the way we played in the first half-hour. I was surprised at how Saint-Etienne played in that spell. But I was not happy with our last quarter of an hour. We need to make progress in the way we handle matches mentally. What (Danijel) Milicevic and (Georges) Mandjeck have brought to the team is important and positive. In terms of staying up, each time we win we are going to hope for more, but we know there is still a very long way to go."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "We didn't turn up today. We gave them gifts and there was no fight. We knew we would need a lot of time to get everyone on the right path. We will put this match behind us quickly because there were not many positives to take from it. We gifted them the match. We conceded two goals in 15 minutes, it was kids' stuff. But I think the person most responsible for this defeat is me. I got my team wrong. I thought I should bring fresh blood in but I think I did the wrong thing."
Toulouse FC 1 - 1 FC Nantes
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): (On whether the result will provide a psychological boost) "Especially in terms of the way we got it, right at the very end of the match. I thought five minutes of added time was nothing like enough. It was proper commedia dell'arte stuff tonight. Nantes are extremely solid defensively, very difficult to break down. They seem fragile but the fragility only lasts for two or three minutes. They deserved their point, but I honestly think that we were caught cold at a set-piece where we defended very badly. Nevertheless we remained patient and the players deserve credit for never giving up, and then we got the penalty that allowed us to get our first point of the new year and allowed us to pass the 20-point mark which gives us a big lift."
Paolo Benetti (Nantes assistant coach): "Honestly I think it was a penalty. We would have deserved to win but Toulouse merited the draw because they kept believing right to the end. We are not satisfied, it is a shame. We can do better but we played our game. Life goes on."
Paris Saint-Germain 8 - 0 Dijon FCO
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "The team played consistently for the whole 90 minutes, kept looking to score goals. It was a complete performance so we can be happy with that. We talk a lot about maintaining this level. We are going to keep looking for the best performance possible going into the coming matches and against Real Madrid. We need to use every game to grow and be stronger for when the most important match of the season comes around."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "That was a first for me! To take eight in the face, especially in that way...it felt like we were little boys playing against adults. We are far from proud and rather embarrassed with what we did tonight. There was no fight. PSG were superb, top class. They never stopped pressing, that proved they are a great team. But the regret for me is our collective performance. We were never in the game, we never did anything and that is saddening for me. This was a lesson for us and we need to remember it."
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
AS Monaco 2 - 2 OGC Nice
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "All the players have to be congratulated. It wasn't easy to play with such a strong wind. It was good to see a match of that standard, because it was difficult to play. In the first half, we didn't take advantage of the wind. It was 1-0 without us having a good first half. Our opponents were better than us for the first 20 minutes of the second half. After that, we pushed. We reacted and scored at the end of the game. It's a fair draw, but it's not enough for me. It's still an important point. The fight for second place will go all the way to May."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "Conceding a completely avoidable goal in the last minute, it’s a lesson to learn. It hurts because we deserved the victory based on our second half performance. In the first, it wasn’t great but in the second, it was a lot better, we played football, a nice team. We need to avoid making mistakes and if there is a foul like that, we need to stand in front of the ball, that comes down to experience. Last Tuesday, we conceded goals through basic errors. Tactical errors. We learn from them. We need to stay calm in these kind of moments, there is one minute to go and Monaco are throwing their last throw of the dice. We did what they wanted us to do: making fouls, we were diving in etc."
Olympique de Marseille 2 - 0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It's one of the strengths of the squad to never give up. You don't just stumble onto that, you have to work on it. They're competitors, they never give up. They deserve credit for not letting their heads drop after Oukidja stopped the penalty. We kept going and managed to score twice. We got the result with all 14 players, that shows the squad's quality. Everyone wants to contribute. We knew it would be a difficult game, that Strasbourg would come to defend well and play on the counter-attack. Once again, we were patient and were able to make the breakthrough towards the end. It's good, it's three more points."
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "I can't criticise my boys, they played well and put in a lot of energy. I'm unhappy we didn't take a point. We believed we could do it when Alex stopped the penalty, we said to ourselves that it could be our lucky day. The game is all about mistakes, the aim is to make as few as possible. We're learning, OM don't have a lot to learn. They can finish second, I've already said that. We had nothing to lose."
Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - 2 SM Caen
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "The way the game went was improbable. It's not the first time that that has happened to us. It was a difficult game, quite tight, we didn't manage to take control of it. We wanted to start strongly, we didn't manage to do that. We lacked freshness, a spark. We had situations to open the scoring, but we weren't very precise. Even though we defended quite well, we were too slow in our use of the ball. We had no inspiration at all going forward. I knew it was going to be difficult against Caen. The game turned very badly for us at the end, it's a shame. It's disappointing because we wanted to build on our win at Troyes, that didn't work out as we had hoped. Now we have to put our energy into the coming match and not get distracted."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "It was important to win. We made a mess of our game against Lille in terms of the results, and given the tests coming up in January, we came here to get something from the game. It's great to have picked up a win, and I think it's deserved even if the game turned on one incident. We knew that Bordeaux were still a team that was low on confidence, we've been through that ourselves. We wanted to stay very compact, not let them play, and hurt them with the ball. I had said to the players that the game would be won in midfield, that's why I changed the system to a midfield three. I'm happy with the approach, the quality, the display and the defensive solidity. Not everything is perfect, but it was so important to put in a performance like that."