Week 24 reactions: Fournier pleased with point
Olympique Lyonnais coach Hubert Fournier was relieved to come away with a draw from Sunday's clash with Paris Saint-Germain, while Laurent Blanc bemoaned his side's inability to take their chances. Reactions...
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 1 Paris Saint-Germain
Hubert Fournier (Lyon coach): "We have to acknowledge that we were up against a great Paris side and so there is satisfaction at getting the draw. We were up against it for large spells because we didn't have the means to compete technically with them. That meant we had to do what I don't like us to do, to defend very deep because we were unable to bring the ball out from the back or keep it. We were lucky to open the scoring and then we had to withstand an enormous amount of pressure for 20 minutes in the second half. Against a team like Paris we were lucky to have a great goalkeeper who kept us in the match. Hats off to our team because we were missing important players. I would have preferred it if Paris had scored in a different manner to a penalty that was contentious and that also had to be retaken, but they had other chances."
Laurent Blanc (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We could have won and we could have lost. You could think the draw was the right result although I thought one team created more chances than the other. I have to say that Lyon's best player tonight was the goalkeeper and that proves certain things in terms of how the game went. Everyone comes away frustrated but we need to take our chances because otherwise there is the danger that something can happen like in the first half tonight. On the one occasion that they broke into our box, Lyon scored a great goal. Lyon must be satisfied with the draw. We are satisfied with the point although we know that we could have got two more. In the second half our team was better in every department while in the first half we were not bad. We just lacked the final touch and their goalkeeper made some great saves. With a bit more luck we could have scored more than one goal, although that only came from a penalty which we had to retake. There are evenings when it is difficult to score a goal."
EA Guingamp 1 - 0 AS Monaco
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "Our victory was a huge accomplishment because it was a very strong team we were up against anyway, never mind playing ten against eleven. We lost to them in the Coupe de la Ligue three weeks ago. Despite that result, losing a man in that game showed us that we could take them on with ten against eleven. I think Monaco struggled, even though they had some chances and Jonas (Lössl) made some really important saves."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Today the team that played defensively won against the one that wanted to attack. We did not make the right decisions with the final pass in attacking areas. Our goal is always to play to win. When our opponents were defending, there were eight or nine players behind the ball. There were no gaps in the defence to exploit and we struggled under pressure."
OGC Nice 0 - 0 FC Nantes
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "We lost two points. We missed many chances to turn opportunities into goals. It was a shame Carlos Eduardo's goal was disallowed. It was a well-taken goal and it could have transformed the game. Nantes did not gamble, they didn't work hard and they failed to create a chance. So we are frustrated. My team showed courage and sometimes quality in its search for solutions. There was a lot of effort, some good crosses into the box, but we just lacked a bit of composure with our finishing."
Michel Der Zakarian (Nantes coach): "It was a good point to gain. Nice are on a good run of form, with three wins and a draw before this game. From our side, we wanted to stop the downward spiral of goals we have been conceding. We pretty much did nothing but defend in the first half. We were very average offensively. We did not create a single chance in the game. We must not forget that we have young forwards who are still discovering the high level required in Ligue 1. Do I regret not having played Serge Gapké? It is a choice. He has scored only one goal since the beginning of the season. He is not ruled out though, he is part of the group."
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Stade Rennais FC 1 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Philippe Montanier (Rennes coach): "Matches against Marseille are always difficult and hard-fought but with a lot of quality. But we're frustrated because we went a goal up, we didn't concede a lot of chances and we created our own opportunities - we didn't negotiate them with enough technical finesse, but we had them. Given the match as a whole, we felt that we were closer to a win than a draw."
Marcelo Bielsa (Marseille coach): "It was a balanced match. We started well, but without getting in behind them. In the second half, our attitude was better and we produced better football. After our goal, we should have made more of the chances we had to score again, but the sending off (of Mario Lemina) put the handbrake on the team. (On new signing Lucas Ocampos' debut) He gives us more aggression in attack, a bit more presence and a bit more depth. After the first half, we needed our attack to endanger our opponents more, and he gave us that, even though we struggled to break the Rennes defence down all day."
SC Bastia 2 - 0 FC Metz
Ghislain Printant (Bastia coach): "We fulfilled our objective, which was to win this match. Even though the cup (the Coupe de la Ligue, in which Bastia qualified for the final with a penalty shoot-out win over Monaco on Wednesday)is wonderful, this match was more important; it's a tough league. I'm very demanding, but every single point we can get will count come season's end. To achieve what my players achieved, you have to be very solid in every area. The squad continues to surprise me. But if they ever get out of line, I won't hesitate to give them a good kick up the backside."
Albert Cartier (Metz coach): "At half-time I asked my players who had picked up yellow cards to be careful and to avoid fouls, but then Guido Milan got a second yellow and was sent off for an unnecessary and avoidable foul. Now we need to get back on track as quickly as possible. The senior players - (Sylvain) Marchal, (Guirane) Ndaw and (Kévin) Lejeune will have the role of getting the lads pumped up for the important games. This squad is alive and well and fighting hard."
SM Caen 2 - 0 Toulouse FC
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "The best thing is that we got the three points. We had been looking to string a run together and tonight we did it with a lot of sacrifice and courage. It was our positive frame of mind that allowed us to do that. We need to maintain our approach of going after the results we want and of attacking even when we're not playing brilliantly. Things have been moving in the right direction for a little while now, which is just as well as we have a huge match against Paris Saint-Germain on the cards. With this win over Toulouse, we've given ourselves the breathing space to play that match without too much pressure."
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "I was expecting better in terms of our approach play and our attitude. I was hoping we would confirm the win over Reims, but our first half was too weak. We didn't try to create enough and there was too much waste in our link-up play. It was a bit better in the second half - nothing spectacular, but it was a bit better. I felt that my side were resigned after the first goal, which I'm not used to. We'll need to string together two or three good results to get our heads above water and regain our confidence."
Evian TG FC 0 - 1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Pascal Dupraz (Evian-Thonon-Gailard coach): "We're disappointed tonight, but not angry. The shame is that the lads only really started playing after 30 minutes, which isn't really something we can allow ourselves to do if we want to get out of the pickle we're currently in. But when we got going, we reacted well. Bordeaux weren't very dangerous; we were right there in every challenge, but fate smiled upon Bordeaux. That's what I'm taking from this match, because Bordeaux were the better side. You have to know how to accept defeat."
Willy Sagnol (Bordeaux coach): "For the last three weeks, we've been working really hard, and tonigh's result proved that the work is paying off. In the first half of the season, we were scoring a lot but conceding a lot too. Now, we're conceding fewer but also scoring fewer; it's tough to find the right balance. We've got a good match against Saint-Etienne coming up next week, but I'm not looking any further ahead than that."
Montpellier Hérault SC 1 - 2 LOSC Lille
Rolland Courbis (Montpellier coach): "There is cause for regrets tonight. I don't know whether it's bias on my part, but I don't think the score reflected the shape of the first half. It was a tight match, a bit bizarre, and a tough one to analyse. Perhaps we could have gotten a draw, but losing, I don't think that's what we deserved. But just because we lost tonight doesn't mean we'll abandon our ambition of finishing in sixth, seventh or eighth place. It's our first defeat of the second half of the season, and if we can manage to repeat this kind of run we've had over the last five or six matches, we'll be in good shape."
René Girard (Lille coach): "We were in need of points, because away from home, we haven't achieved much for some time now. We started the second half well, and it had been a long time since we had scored two goals away from home. I'm very pleased with the way the lads turned in an accomplished performance."
Stade de Reims 1 - 3 FC Lorient
Jean-Luc Vasseur (Reims coach): "It was a tough night because we lost, because I think that a win was within our grasp and because somehow we couldn't manage to widen our lead even though we had the chances to do so at the start of the second half. We gifted them an equaliser and then the same thing for their second. We haven't been getting good results, and as a result our confidence is very low. We need to quickly score some points and get back on the right track. Once again, tonight, if we had taken our chances, the result would have been very different. We need to be much more rigorous."
Sylvain Ripoll (Lorient coach): "I think we started pretty well given the tough conditions. Benjamin Moukandjo's goal (that Lorient claimed to have come after a foul) left us in a less-than-ideal situation, but I'm very happy with how my players carried themselves and bounced back. We won't get carried away with the win, but we know we're moving in the right direction, especially in terms of our character. Were we lucky? I don't know. But we were effective, that's for sure."
Friday, February 6, 2015
AS Saint-Etienne 3 - 3 RC Lens
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "Wins are tough to get these days. We though we had done the hard work when we went 2-0 up, but no. We let ourselves slip and Lens of course scored three in the space of 15 minutes. We managed to get back to 3-3 with a lot of courage and commitment. But in terms of points, it's not a case of mission accomplished, especially after the loss to Caen."
Antoine Kombouaré (Lens coach): "This match was typical of our recent outings. We're capable of pushing all our adversaries around; we scare them. But it hasn't paid off so far. Christophe (Galtier) will say that it's a point won for his side, while for me it's a case of two points dropped. The lads were rewarded for their efforts with three goals, but the big disappointment is to have scored three goals in Saint-Etienne - we were 3-2 up with 13 minutes to go."