Week 23 reactions - Germain: 'Maintain the pressure'
OM striker Valère Germain had mixed feelings after scoring in the 2-2 draw with Monaco that look his side level on points with second-placed Lyon; new Bordeaux coach Gus Poyet was feeling expansive after a 3-1 win over OL.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Olympique de Marseille 2 - 2 AS Monaco
Valère Germain (Olympique de Marseille striker): "Given that Lyon lost their match, we told ourselves that this result favours us, but we're still disappointed even though we're proud of what we achieved, as we drew level with Lyon. We didn't hold the lead long enough and we all have regrets. We'll need to win again next week [at home to FC Metz on Friday] if we want to maintain the pressure."
Fabinho (AS Monaco midfielder): "We're happy with the point. It was an evenly balanced match against a good side and the atmosphere here was pretty full-on. We played poorly on Wednesday [a 3-2 loss to Lyon in the Coupe de France] and we showed a poor attitude so we wanted to show our qualities tonight. I think we played better football. The confidence is starting to come back. The battle will last until the end of the season."
LOSC 2 - 1 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "I'm very happy and relieved. We had to work hard for this victory. It's going to be like that until the end of the season. In my players, I saw competitors. There was a good mentality which we need to develop. I liked the players' attitudes before the game, too. They were focused and not under pressure. The result was of course important, but not at the expense of how we approached the game. If you only focus on the result it can create tension."
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "We showed a lack of concentration that sticks in my throat. We were lucid and well organised in the first half, but as usual we lost our way in the second half. It annoys me that there's not someone at the back who can motivate everyone and make his teammates give their all. Lille weren't that much better than us."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 1 Olympique Lyonnais
Gustavo Poyet (Bordeaux): "The first half was better than I'd hoped. It's important for the future to play like that. The atmosphere was spectacular when we scored the first goal. We worked on our team spirit during the week but you must take the time to train as well. Benoît [Costil] was exceptional. At the end of the match, I told the players 'well played, I have to pay'. We're going to eat something together, and it's on me!"
Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "We never had a grip on the game. This is one of our worst games of the season. We must use this game for the ones that are ahead. We don't need to tear everything down but it should be in the back of our minds. To get results there are fundamentals to be respected and today we didn't respect them."
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It is a great victory on several fronts. First of all, we are back to winning ways in the league. It was important to do that after the defeat at Lyon. We are rolling forward again and this puts pressure on the teams chasing us. All our front players scored and we kept a clean sheet. It was a good performance against the best defence in the league, so we can be satisfied. (On Cavani's record) It is an individual statistic that everybody wanted to see him get. He deserved it. All the tension around the record drained away for him after he scored the goal. It is an important moment for him. We expect even more still from him, to help the team prepare for the decisive moments of the season. (On Di María) Competition for places is important. When two players in the same position are playing well, it is good for the team. Ángel Di María is maybe in his best form. He will need to have a rest because he is playing a lot - he is the only one to have played every game since the winter break."
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We were playing away from home against a great side. There is no question that in the last two games we have let in too many goals. Our start to the game was timid. We lacked precision when we did get ourselves into good situations. And when you leave the door open they take advantage with the talented players they have. Neymar is intelligent because he is capable of provoking you. He is clever. Sometimes it can be irritating to see him provoke you the way he does, but he has the talent to be there to finish and punish us."
Angers SCO 1 - 0 Amiens SC
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It was a logical victory. It was an intelligent performance tactically, the exact match that we had imagined and prepared for. We took the danger to them in a wonderful manner at times. If we are demanding - and we must be - we should have avoided a few of the scares that we had, even if they didn't have any chances. We controlled the game well. We needed to put Amiens under pressure and not leave them too many spaces. It was a very good match from us."
Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "I have no explanation, other than that to win a football match you need to win your battles on the field. And this evening, especially in the first half, they walked all over us, like when we played them at home. There can be no excuses. We have gone from one well-rounded performance (the 3-1 win over Guingamp), to a match in which were Angers were vastly superior. We wanted to play down the wings but instead we persisted with going through the middle for the first quarter of an hour. And we didn't do enough going forward. It is difficult to win away from home in these circumstances. But to lose matches without even turning up, there is nothing more frustrating."
EA Guingamp 0 - 3 FC Nantes
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "What is disappointing is that we conceded three goals so late on. We just never turned up. We couldn't find a way through in the first half, couldn't get near the goal. And Nantes were stronger in the second half. Mentally, technically, physically, we were just not up to it. It was our worst performance here at the Roudourou. We need to rebuild and move forward now."
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "We have lost three matches at home in January, which is incredible for us. Tonight was a good performance. In the first half we controlled the game. In the second, we pushed a little bit more, went looking for goals. I can't say that we played badly against PSG, Bordeaux or Auxerre, but we lost a little bit of concentration. Tonight the players were far more attentive. It is greatly satisfying, everyone did a good job against a Guingamp side who have good players, who play between the lines, are strong and get forward quickly."
FC Metz 2 - 1 OGC Nice
Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "It is a great victory. Nice played well but we wanted to press them and unsettle them high up the field, and it worked. If we want to keep advancing, there are things we need to keep doing and other things we need to improve on. To be capable of winning these matches, you need moral values and both athletic and tactical qualities. It was a really tight game with lots of commitment. For us to stay up we need to win our home games, but we also need to win away."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We started the match relatively well and could have scored a goal. What happened after was a bit surprising. I don't think there was a red card there. Then their second goal happened too quickly. We didn't have enough movement. Mario Balotelli was not at his best. He has not trained much in recent weeks and there are no miracles."
AS Saint-Etienne 2 - 1 SM Caen
Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "It is an almighty relief and reassuring, especially when you see the results involving the teams who were behind us. We needed the win. We didn't panic when we went behind. That is satisfying. A month ago we would have lost. We needed to be patient because Caen played deep. We have played three times at Geoffroy-Guichard and we have won three times. It is at home that you need to get points when you are on a mission like this. The fans were behind us. We still have not done anything away from home. We have hardly worked with the new players. With one match a week, we will have the time. Neven Subotic reassured me and brought the best out in Loïc Perrin. We have a good central defensive pairing there."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We are extremely disappointed for the boys. We can't reproach them for their performance. They stuck to the game-plan. We were not clinical enough in front of goal given the number of chances we created. We have this worry at the moment when Ronny Rodelin and Ivan Santini don't score. We could have gone 2-0 up but didn't do it. Saint-Etienne scored two goals from two shots on target. They got the breaks that we didn't to win the match."
Toulouse FC 1 - 0 ESTAC Troyes
Mickaël Debève (Toulouse coach): "It is a huge relief, an important victory that we fully deserved. We absolutely needed the three points and it is a great satisfaction. I can say to myself that we have a squad capable of fighting. Yaya (Sanogo) has not had the breaks recently but he is a great player and I am really pleased for him considering where he has come from. There was a lot of pressure on us and I tried to stay calm because the squad had been affected this week. But there was still a lot of apprehension given that it was my first game on the bench. I was lucky that my first game was here in Toulouse with the crowd behind us."
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "The dice were loaded against us after three minutes. (The sending-off) left us in a difficult position. We tried to stay in the game and we were hoping to get to the last 10-15 minutes and then take a few more risks to maybe get an equaliser. We kept going but we were not good enough technically to be able to pull off a result with 10 against 11. We needed to be better to get a point."
Friday, January 26, 2018
Dijon FCO 2 - 1 Stade Rennais FC
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "I think we deserve this victory. After the defeats at Paris and Strasbourg, the team could have gone into freefall, but they proved their mental strength. It was a good performance, although I think we could have been in front at half-time. But the essential thing was that the players were able to react and take the advantage again in the second half. Florent Balmont put in a great performance. He is doing better physically and is playing more, and his experience is very useful. I just hope we can manage to perform better away from home, where we are not at ease."
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "We came looking for the three points, but our performance did not match our ambitions. We were too timid at the start of the match, even if we equalised quickly after going behind. I can understand that there might be tiredness after a busy month of January, but not at the start of the game. There was some good stuff in the second half. After Dijon's second goal, my players tried to get back into the game, but overall we were not able to impose our game. It is a real disappointment."