Week 22 reactions

Ligue 1 Conforama

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted his side "weren't fantastic" as they beat Lille. Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier was delighted to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back on the goal trail.



Sunday, January 27, 2013

  Paris Saint-Germain  1 - 0  LOSC Lille 

Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "This match was complicated for us as we were up against one of the very best sides in the league, one that was very well organised defensively. We didn't control the game and struggled to find space. We weren't fantastic but we won against a solid side, just as we did against Bordeaux. We can't always be fantastic, but when we're not we need to know how to win anyway, and that's what we did. I'm not worried about our attack. We've got quality players. The important thing was not to have conceded a goal once more, even without Thiago Silva and Alex. Sakho is producing some exceptional performances at the moment."

Rudi Garcia (Lille coach): "I'm very proud of my players. We were superior to PSG but had no luck. We scored an own goal and hit the pots. I don't need to talk about the disallowed goal as everybody has seen the TV pictures. We mustn't focus on the result after this game, instead we have to focus on reproducing that sort of performance. Nobody saw us winning at the Parc des Princes and they were proved right."

AS Saint-Etienne 3 - 0 SC Bastia

Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "We've finished off a very good month of January as we're still in the Cup competitions and still competing in the league despite a very bad December. The goal did Aubameyang good. I've often told him that the most important thing is to get chances. He came up against a very good Mickaël Landreau, who is always difficult to beat in one-on-ones. He only managed to beat Landreau at the third attempt. I don't know if he doubts himself, it doesn't seem like his sort of thing to do. He doesn't show it in his attitude but not scoring must have been annoying him."

Frédéric Hantz (Bastia coach): "I feel the result was cruel on us. We could have been leading 3-2 after 15 minutes. It's a pty we didn't convert any of our three great chances. In the second half we also had some opportunities. The score is cruel even if Saint-Etienne didn't steal their win. They're on a good run at the moment as they're still in both Cup competitions and the fans are extraordinary here. We're lacking in certain aspects such as finishing moves off, our technique and defensive rigour and that is making Ligue 1 life difficult."

OGC Nice 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux

Claude Puel (Nice coach): "We came up against a solid side, a physical side. They are very disciplined tactically and stopped us putting moves together. We played well in the first half and maybe paid for our efforts as the match wore on. I think a draw would have been a fair result given we mad only a single mistake and let them have only one real chance. It's a pity. We need to react well at Brest. As long as our philosophy is to play quality football and keep the spirit going, we have to accept there can be a slip from time to time."

Francis Gilot (Bordeaux coach):  "The first half was average from both sides. In the second half we played 10 or 15 metres higher up the pitch and were more aggressive in our pressing. Nice didn't have many chances but then we didn't either. It was down to them to play the football and after their 5-0 win over Valenciennes we were wary of them. Against PSG we lost despite playing well. Against Nice we were OK and that was enough for us to win. I hoped we'd defend well and we did."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stade Rennais FC 2 - 2 Olympique de Marseille

Frédéric Antonetti (Rennes coach): "In the first half we were a little timid and against this Marseille side that can be costly. We let ourselves go a little in the second half and had lots of chances. From the 45th to the 65th minute, I don't think (Rennes goalkeeper Benoît) Costil touched the ball. But then we conceded a second goal. That's the way it goes. Then we got a bit of luck ourselves (at the second goal), but you still need to provoke it. We still need to make progress in certain areas and we are not tough enough at certain times. Sometimes we need to just grin and bear it, but this match showed what we can be capable of. We need to repeat this kind of performance, but the result leaves me wanting more...The difference between OM and us is that we have more talent but they are more mature. They are four or five years older than us on average and have played a lot more matches in Ligue 1."

Élie Baup (Marseille coach): "We often criticise our Ligue 1 and the spectacle that we produce, but this was a proper top-level Ligue 1 game, with two teams that both wanted to play and score goals. I am really disappointed for the players because we led until the 88th minute and we could have taken all three points, but there was still plenty to take from our performance. The second goal was a little bizarre (Steve Mandanda appeared to make a mistake), I'll need to look at the images again, but it looked to me as though the Rennes player (Abdoulaye Sané) went past everyone because we thought the ball had gone out. But we shouldn't focus on that, it is no more Mandanda's fault than anyone else's. We don't give up, and the fact that we scored a second goal shows just how much the players put into the game. And this result keeps Rennes, who are fighting with us for a place in Europe, a good distance behind us."

Evian TG FC  1 - 1  AC Ajaccio

Pascal Dupraz (Evian TG FC coach): "It is another disappointing result at home. We lacked that finishing touch, just as we have in recent games. We are missing a bit of spontaneity at times, and we gave a goal to our opponents. I said to the players that I was satisfied with the spirit shown and the football produced. Betão is not fully fit. If I want him to get into his best shape, then I can't think of a better way of doing that than putting him in the team. He made a mistake at the goal, but the boys sorted that out by equalising. Our situation is complicated, but we still have our destiny in our own hands, and in our heads too."

Albert Émon (Ajaccio coach): "They really took us by throat right from the start and we struggled to bring the ball out from the back. We came into the game towards the end of the first half and managed to score a goal. We didn't come here just to go home again empty-handed because we knew that Evian had been struggling at home. We did the job. Dennis Oliech will add penetration to our game, as well as physical impact and pace. He has only had two training sessions with us so for a first match he did well, even if I think he can still do more."

  Montpellier Hérault SC  2 - 0  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 

René Girard (Montpellier coach): "We needed to react. We had a bit of a difficult first quarter of an hour, but then the players started to do what we asked them to do. We had come off the back of three consecutive defeats against Rennes, Marseille and Sochaux, which hadn't happened to us for a long time, so it was good to get a reaction. I went as far as telling the lads not to mess about and to show what they were made of. It was important that we came out of this match with a positive result. The lads responded in the right manner."

Éric Hély (Sochaux coach): "We were solid in the first 20 minutes, but less so after that. There was less commitment defensively and we were punished. As soon as we lower our commitment levels, the level of our play drops with it. We were too poor technically to have a hope of scoring a goal. We wanted to start strongly to give Montpellier, who have not been in good form, reason to doubt. We didn't manage to do that. If we forget to put in the effort, we become an ordinary team again."

AS Nancy-Lorraine 2 - 1 FC Lorient

Patrick Gabriel (Nancy coach): "I am happy because the players adhered to the message. It is not so much a relief for me but for them, as it shows that they can do it. Lorient are sixth, so they are not absolutely flying but they are a good team. We are capable of winning a match. We will not match Arles-Avignon's record (a run of 23 matches without a win in 2010-11). Maybe we will have other records but not that one. The victory is for the players, the supporters, the president, the stadium and the club. We had chances, notably in the first half where we should have put the game out of sight. We always start halves poorly, but finally we got a break. I asked the players to go out and play, to try things, battle. They did that and, finally, it paid off. But it is still just a sunny spell."

Christian Gourcuff (Lorient coach): "Nancy deserved their win. It was a non-match from us, we didn't play. I am perplexed with our performance. The desire wasn't there, and we didn't play. We beat Troyes last week but a lot of what we produced in that game was insufficient. At Nancy, it was even worse because we our mediocrity was more constant. I have no explanation. When the team plays like it did here, we are not good enough in any area, whether it be at winning the ball back, controlling the game or showing desire. That is the most annoying thing. I just hope now that this was a one-off. It is a very tricky spell for us. We leave here with a lot of doubts in our minds. We can't repeat performances like that."

Stade de Reims  1 - 1 Toulouse FC 

Hubert Fournier (Reims coach): "Considering the way the game went, we dropped two points tonight, but we still went behind and came back. We missed a penalty for the third time this season, which is a lot. But I will take away from the game the fact that we didn't give up and that we equalised. We could even have won it at the end. It is a bad result, but the overall performance was good. We were second-best in challenges and in the midfield battle during ten minutes in the second half, but otherwise we were fine. I can't complain about the spirit shown by the players. They showed a lot of character."

Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "I am a bit frustrated with the result. We were on course for an away win but they we allowed them to come back into it even although we had a lot of chances. I was pleased with the desire shown by my players. They were always looking to go and score a goal in order to win the game. And all that against opponents who don't play as if they are in a relegation battle. So we will settle for a share of the points. To come away from home and take a point can never go down as a bad thing, but when we are trying to catch up with the sides above us, and especially when we were leading, it is a shame."

ESTAC Troyes 2 - 1 Stade Brestois 29

Jean-Marc Furlan (Troyes coach): "This third win allows us to maintain our dynamic and gives credit to the way we have been playing. This time we have recompensed and we rather deserve it. My players didn't give up. They had all the right intentions. We still lack a bit of confidence and serenity, which we need if we are to put a run of results together. When you look at our position in the table a win was the minimum we could afford but we will still enjoy it."

Landry Chauvin (Brest coach): "Yet another match where we had to come from behind. We wait until we are 2-0 down to really have a go. I think my players were overcome by what was at stake, even if this game wasn't a decider in the relegation battle. But we had the chance, if we could win this game, to put ourselves in a more comfortable position. The road is still a long one, but we won't give up. The key will be to get good results at home. We had a young side out on the pitch that wasn't able to deal with the situation."

Friday, January 25, 2013

Valenciennes FC 0 - 2 Olympique Lyonnais

Daniel Sanchez (Valenciennes coach): "It wasn't a good start, we were eaten alive all over the pitch. We didn't show enough determination. When you play against a team like that, that's the least you have to do. On the contrary, we were timid, and fragile, and that hampered our play. We didn't try to go forward. It was too much of a step up as we didn't put in all the ingredients required. We needed to get amongst them. Perhaps they are superior technically, but we could have compensated with something else. We weren't able to do that. In the second half, it was a little better, but Lyon controlled things. Things evened out, but overall, we couldn't hope for better."

Rémi Garde (Lyon coach): "We had a good first half, and started well, which is not an easy thing to do against a Valenciennes side comfortable in their own stadium. They played a little like they did in the first match this season at Gerland, coming at us and pressing. We adapted well by being mobile, close to one another to defend and caused them problems. The second goal stemmed from a nice collective move. More than going back to the top of the table, we've re-found our game. I'd emphasised the need to do that, and even if not everything was perfect, it was important to get that quality back into our play. When I speak of qualities, I'm also talking about defensive qualities. It was real challenge to try and keep a clean sheet against a team which has shown its efficiency here. We've got seven points from three league games, two of which were away, making it a satisfying January regardless. I maintain that our play wasn't worthy of us against Evian and Troyes. It's good that tonight we showed we haven't lost everything."


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