Week 22 Reactions

Ligue 1 Conforama > News
21/01/2018

Lyon boss Bruno Genesio was keen to underline the 'heart and talent' of his entire squad after substitue Memphis Depay scored a last-gasp winner over PSG; opposite number Unai Emery felt his ten-man side had shown character.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

 Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain

Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "This is why we do this job, for these kinds of moments. A draw would've been a fair result as well, but we played to win with a lot of heart and talent. Their leveller was very frustrating. We played a very good first half. Their team was able to get back on track after the sending off, but our bench made the difference. This has been the case in many games. This shows that the squad gets along well together and that we all share the same goals. I'm very happy for Memphis and the rest of the team. We are progressing and gaining momentum in our game. We're moving up in the standings as well. It's important. It will be close until the end. You have to be consistent. We have some really tough games coming up." 

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "The two teams gave everything for 90 minutes. Certain events were complicated for us, but we managed to come through them with character. We had chances and possession. A draw would have been a fair result. We started the second half like we ended the first, by dominating. We didn't give them chances, but the red card meant we lost control of the game a bit. The team worked well. We allowed them to shoot at the end of the game. Lyon have good players, who enabled them to score the second goal. It's a bit of an unfair result, but that's football."

 OGC Nice 1-0 AS Saint-Etienne 

Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We deserved to win taking the game as a whole. We defended well as a team. Wylan Cyprien has made a magnificent comeback. He worked so hard with the doctors and the physios and they need congratulating too. We're looking down the table and a little bit upwards too. We mustn't forget to look down as we know where we came from. We need to be more dangerous in attack and take each game as it comes."

Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "When you lose you are never happy but the players were exemplary in their attitude. Football is decided by details and they needed a set-piece while there was a goal disallowed for us for offside. With team spirit like that I think we'll be able to end the bad run and start climbing the table. We lacked a bit of confidence in the final third and that's the most difficult thing to sort out. M'vila brings us technique and Ntep will get better and bring us percussion."

AS Monaco 3-1 FC Metz

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Metz came here on the best run of their season. They played high up the pitch for 25 minutes but after that Subasic didn't have much to do. We totally deserved the win. The question will always be the same of us and our ambitions right through to April or May. Our team is a bit tired and that's normal. Everyone's tired. We've had eight wins and two draws in our last 10 games so the results are there."

Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "This has stopped us in our tracks but for the bottom club to hope to beat the team fourth in the table you need to be very good. It wasn't a good game. Monaco were average and we weren't good. Kawashima shouldn't have come out of his area as the attacker wasn't heading for goal. I think the red card was fair enough. Dossevi went off with groin trouble and him going off left us unbalanced as he's a technical player."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

 FC Nantes 0-1 Girondins de Bordeaux 

Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "We started the game well. Bordeaux were under pressure before the goal. After, they started to gain in confidence. I changed my plans at half-time by putting on an extra forward. We didn't shot on goal except in the final minute. Bordeaux deserved their win. I was more disappointed by the draw with Toulouse. Against Bordeaux we played badly, but at least we give it our all…The problem is that we didn't shoot enough. I brought on a striker, but we lost control of the game. Bordeaux played better than us. They players battled though."

Eric Bédouet (interim Bordeaux coach): "I told the players I was proud of them after the game. There's not a lot that needed to be said to them. They're happy. We had a very young team, Youssouf and Koundé notable. In matches like that, against a team like Nantes that's difficult to break down, you need a bit of luck. In very little time, we needed to change positions, strategies. We were a bit slow at the start, but we got into it little by little. Nantes are physically imposing, we had to stand up to that. I think we deserved our success. I felt the players were very focussed before the game. Sometimes that can go the wrong way, but it wasn't the case…Everyone did their job."

 RC Strasbourg Alsace 3-2 Dijon FCO

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "When I was a player, I liked playing on that sort of pitch, it's a bit like MMA, you have to fight a bit…I have see people fighting in mud, it's a bit like that. Hey, it's good for the skin. You have aching joints, and then you feel great after that. So yes it's a relief, but it would have been a relief on a good pitch."

Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "At PSG, I saw a team that was under pressure, and I didn't feel the same thing here, apart from the first 20 minutes. We can build on that. I'm not very happy because we lost, but the reaction we showed in the first half and also in the second gives me a lot of hope. We know that we don't travel well, that we're naive, that we lack strength. We don't have the worst defensive record by chance. There's a lot of frustration out of this game, but we can build on something solid and we'll win matches."

 Amiens SC 3-1 EA Guingamp 

Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "This was perhaps our best performance of the season, both in terms of attitude and our organisation. It's our most complete display, we defended with the ball. My players went out for the win, which was fully deserved. We won the match with all 18 players, not just 11 plus seven. The proof is that Manzala registered two assists and Bodmer scored. I'm also very happy for Konaté, who put in a lot of work. The message that we're sending out is that we'll battle right to the end, that it'll be hard to play against us."

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We didn't start the game well. We got back into it by scoring a good goal. We thought we had done the hardest part, but then we made a total mess of the second half. We were pushed around, we lacked determination. We sat back and in the end, conceded two goals quite logically. When you're not ready to get stuck in, it becomes tough. We got walked all over, quite simply. There was a hungry team up against us. We weren't ready, and we got a slap."

 Stade Rennais FC 1-0 Angers SCO 

Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "You can't imagine how proud I am of this win. It's very important to be able to win this kind of game. A team that is as young as ours learns a lot. It's 20 January, and it's our fifth game in less than two weeks. My players are very giving, united, and respectful of what we ask them. My team also came up against a side that we'll meet again in Ligue 1 next season, I'm sure of that. The squad has quality, a soul, and the work they do there is excellent."

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It's not frustration, it's anger, I say that quite clearly. I don't usually talk like that, I know how to criticise my players when they don't do what they should, but their performance was remarkable in all aspects. We came up against a good Rennes team, but we were only rarely in real trouble. The players, with their exemplary attitude, showed that we deserve to be in Ligue 1."

  ESTAC Troyes 1-0 LOSC

Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "It's an important victory which does us a lot of good, and it's deserved. My team were solid, consistent, and though there weren't a lot of chances, they deserve credit for scoring and we were able to hold on to our lead. The squad showed they have a lot of mental strength."

Christophe Galtier (Lille coach): "It's not disappointment, it's real anger. We were in a six-pointer, and in this sort of match, it's the team that wants it most that wins it. Our opponents wanted it more, and I'm angry. There are certain people who are going to watch our upcoming games from the stands or from home. Only those with great determination will come with me. Our margin of error is reduced, but there is still one. I'm going to get stuck into things, I'm going to look and find how to give the team another face."

 Montpellier Hérault SC 2-1 Toulouse FC 

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We won it with our guts. It's the first time we've won a game right at the very end. We could have killed it off before, we could have lost it too with their chances in the second half for Sanogo and Delort. As for us, we persevered, we didn't give it. The team deserves credit for winning it in added time. It wasn't an easy game. We showed quality too at times. Everyone wants to play, show their qualites. We have to win another three or four times to make sure we stay up, and we'll see if we can go higher after that."

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "It's unthinkable to lose a game like that, but we lost it. We played well, even with ten against 11 when Montpellier had sterile domination. We can only be angry with ourselves. We didn't defend the last move very well. We had chances to hurt Montpellier. One we missed the target, the other we hit the post. I saw some good things. The team has played well in recent games, but we need points urgently. All the things we do aren't bringing us much. That's disappointing given the amount effort we put in."

Friday, January 19, 2018

 SM Caen 0-2 Olympique de Marseille 

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We played well enough in the first half. Unfortunately we conceded the penalty and then the match quickly became very complicated for us. When it was still 0-0 we had hopes of winning the game. When they scored you could see there was a big physical gap between us and Marseille. We also were off the pace technically in the second half, and as soon as we conceded the second goal it was over."

Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "I have the impression that I'm going to repeat the same things I said after the Strasbourg game. We weren't going to be in front at the break as we hadn't had a single shot on target. We raised our game in the second half and we were superior athletically to Caen. You could see that we are used to playing every three days. I liked the second half a lot. It's true that we seem to be in steamroller mode and that we'll break through sooner or later. Long may it continue."

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