Week 24 reactions: Garde: 'We're in danger'
Rémi Garde admitted OL are in trouble after their 3-1 loss to Lille, whose coach Rudi Garcia was full of praise for his resurgent side. Carlo Ancelotti hailed PSG's win over Bastia as 'good preparation' for the Champions League.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 3 LOSC Lille
Rémi Garde (Lyon coach): "We were up against an excellent Lille side tonight. We were below par, we were hesitant and lacked confidence. Our first half was poor and we got moved around a lot. It was very tough to get back into the match and we didn't have many chances. The fact that we conceded that many goals is a sign of our current troubles, a collective problem. We're in danger. The suspension of Dejan [Lovren] and the absence of Bako [Bakary Koné, currently on AFCON duties with Burkina Faso] reduce the competition in the squad. We need to go back to the drawing board; we're in a tough period. We need to roll our sleeves up, work hard and weather the storm. We're still in second place, but we need to show something much better if we want to stay in the top three."
Rudi Garcia (Lille coach): "We've proven that we're not dead and that people shouldn't look to bury us too soon. You mustn't forget that we were in Lyon tonight [Sunday] and that we fully deserved this win. We were tactically intelligent and played solidly as a team; we stuck together and realised our ambitions. We came here for the win and its mission accomplished. We handled the match very well and, tonight, we're very happy, especially for our fans."
Stade Rennais FC 2 - 0 Toulouse FC
Frédéric Antonetti (Rennes coach): "We just didn't turn up in the first half. It was perhaps the worst start we have had to any game this season. But in the second half we saw a completely different Rennes. Hérita (Ilunga), his left foot is like a hand. Mevlut (Erding) started playing after half-time and we were much more lively on the right wing after Abdoulaye Sané came on. We deserved the win. We saw this team's capacity to react and this win allows us to build on the draws we recorded in our last two games. We have 40 points, which is a good thing."
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "We did some good things, especially in the first half, where we were very coherent, were well organised defensively and created several decent chances. We maybe deserved to be in front at half time. And then the second half was more difficult. We expected it to be. It is frustrating to lose the match because of a little error that has proved costly. We have a young team, we know that can happen. The young players learn from their errors."
Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC 1 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Pascal Dupraz (Evian TG FC coach): "After 54 minutes, I would have accepted a draw, but the events thereafter mean that I am very disappointed. In our situation, to advance one point at a time is ok, but it's not enough. The table is proof of that. At 11 against 11 we had chances but didn't take them. At 11 against ten, we had more chances but couldn't get a second goal. We had chances too when they were down to nine men. At the end of the day, the overwhelming feeling is of disappointment. We need to keep working and keep hoping. We are level on points with the relegation places. I'm looking towards the teams above us, and in terms of the way we are playing I saw we need to continue along these lines. We just need to take more of our chances. We need to be better disciplined too, but this match is still encouraging because Marseille are high up the table. They have been very good away from home. Objectively, I think we matched Marseille even when it was 11 against 11."
Élie Baup (Marseille coach): "We started the match well and were ok until the goal. We showed ourselves to be solid, especially at the back, and capable of keeping it simple and getting the ball from back to front. We need to play like that in the coming weeks. That is what we were doing at the start of the season and that is what we are trying to do again now. But after the goal things became complicated, with the penalty, their equaliser, and the fact that we were down to ten men, then nine. We just needed to stay solid and hold out for a draw. I would have preferred to see us continue to play as we had been for the first hour, and try to win the game, but this was much better than our very disappointing showing against Nancy. We can build on this performance and try to win next week. It is still not enough because we always hope to win."
Saturday, February 9, 2013
AS Saint-Etienne 4 - 1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It was difficult for the referee to make a decision. It's difficult to maintain your concentration when there are a lot of interruptions, perhaps we did that better than our opponents. I have to say the conditions were difficult, but I'm savouring this win. We scored four goals and beat the reigning champions. I must congratulate the players on their attitude, the manner in which they played. I must make a special mention for those who didn't play, but who helped clear snow from the penalty areas. That shows a certain spirit. We struggled at the start with our positioning in midfield. We had to switch things around to cut off the service to Younes Belhanda. From then on, we had a great first half. We created chances, and deserved to lead at half-time, even if Montpellier caused us problems in the first 15 minutes."
René Girard (Montpellier coach): "I'm only a coach. There's the referee, the match delegate to see whether we should continue. If those are the sorts of conditions in which we play football...It doesn't matter what the score is. I've seen teams trailing 3-1 and come back to draw 3-3 or win 4-3. The score can't be used as an excuse. I told the referee what I thought."
AS Nancy-Lorraine 1 - 2 Stade de Reims
Hubert Fournier (Reims coach): "We'd almost forgotten what moments like this are like. My dressing room is a happy place now. It's a great sight. I hope this will give us a boost and we can continue on our merry little way through the season. We're not dead, we're still here. Even if it wasn't easy to fall behind, the keyword at half-time was to go for it. We had very little to lose. We had an excellent second half, and on the basis of that, I think we deserved to win. The players showed their desire not to curl up and die, and they deserve all the credit tonight. They showed a lot of character, but we've still got a long way to go. I hope this will give us a bit of confidence. It would have been a key moment if we'd lost. Instead, we simply make a step forward and remain in touch."
Patrick Gabriel (Nancy coach): "I'm not annoyed, but of course I'm disappointed. Our first-half was good, but we went back to our bad old ways in the second. Perhaps we scored too quickly and were afraid of winning. We weren't united, and quickly conceded twice, and lacked aggression. We tried to come back into it, but we were too individualist, too maladroit to do something. We could have lost by more. Reims deserve the win. We're going to get back to work and get our heads straight. There's no miracle solution."
Valenciennes FC 2 - 1 Stade Brestois 29
Daniel Sanchez (Valenciennes coach): "It's an important win. We needed to go forward again, and these three points do us a lot of good. You have seen the results, this win will give us a little confidence, but not everything was idyllic. We were a little distracted at the start of the game, and though we were better after that, we had ups and downs. Even at 2-0 we were fragile, which proves that we have to be thorough and serious. That's why I'm a little annoyed to have conceded in added time. It's more than just a footnote, it shows our lack of concentration. I'm happy but we can't just gloss over that last goal. A match isn't just 45 or 60 minutes, it's right to the last second. You got the impression that anything could happen in that second half."
Landry Chauvin (Brest coach): "I'm above all disppointed for the players. They gave a lot and weren't rewarded. We were timid in the first half, which is perhaps understandable given our situation. The second goal really hurt us just before the break. Even if there were still things we could improve on, the second half display gives me hope for the future. The team has certainly not surrendered, otherwise we would have conceded a lot of goals. We're not getting the rub of the green right now, but we have to keep our heads up."
OGC Nice 1 - 1 FC Lorient
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "It's difficult to analyse this game given both teams had chances. Lorient played on the counter and broke forward quickly. I think we played well. It's a shame we didn't open the scoring in the first half, that would have opened up the space. There were two or three moves where we should have done that. I think we deserved to get back level. We could even have gone ahead in the closing stages. It was a good game, and we showed character. I can't fault my players. If they continue like that, I'm not worried at all."
Christian Gourcuff (Lorient coach): "There's no scandal, but we could have taken a stranglehold in the second half. I'm satisfied with a point. It was a tense match. We didn't dominate, but we controlled the game. We don't have an objective in terms of points, but we can go into the end of the season with certain hopes."
ESTAC Troyes 0 - 0 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
Jean-Marc Furlan (Troyes coach): "I think that we used a lot of energy last week against Lille. Sochaux were better than us. In our situation, it's not necessarily a good result, but on the balance of play, it's clearly a positive one."
Eric Hély (Sochaux coach): "It was a complete display, the players gave a lot, and I've noted that since Christmas, we've improved a lot. Sochaux has been battling against the drop for years now. It's not by being tense that we're going to be able to save ourselves."
AC Ajaccio 1 - 0 Girondins de Bordeaux
Albert Emon (Ajaccio coach): "Right now, we have a team spirit, a will and great discipline in our game, which are the ingredients of success for a squad. You can see the players are all pulling in the same direction. More than the way we played, there is the victory and that is something magnificent. I was afraid that we'd slacken off after our win over Lyon, but the players got stuck in, especially when the going got tough. The squad gets on well. They put their egos to one side and focus on the collective. Ochoa made the difference in goal, everyone put in the effort in tracking back, and we knew we'd get chances on the counter-attack. There's still a long way to go before we're safe. In football, things change very quickly. We have to keep our feet on the ground and set ourselves modest targets."
Francis Gillot (Bordeaux coach): "We had been on a good run. They players played well overall, but we lacked a cutting edge. If you don't put your chances away, it's difficult to get anything from games. We created a lot of chances, and came up against a very good goalkeeper, which is part of the game. I'm a little concerned about what is to come because we've lost another player through injury, and we have two important matches, at Kiev on Thursday and Lyon on Sunday. It's important to react quickly, especially the forwards, so that we don't start to doubt in what has been, all things considered, a positive season."
Friday, February 8, 2013
Paris Saint-Germain 3 - 1 SC Bastia
Carlo Ancelotti (PSG coach): "We've won and taken the three points, that was our objective. They're three important points for our position in the table and to prepare for the next game. The other teams have to play now, for us, it was important to keep our run going. We can go into our Champions League game with confidence. It's good preparation, because the players were able to recover and we have time to prepare for the game physically and mentally. Menez played well and made the difference. It wasn't difficult to convince Ibra to stay on the bench. He understood immediately, as did Matuidi and Sakho. There was the risk of injury, and the idea was to try and avoid that."
Frédéric Hantz (Bastia coach): "There are regrets, yes, the analysis is a mixed one given the result and the three goals we conceded. I'm always looking for improvement, and there was that both tactically and mentally. PSG deserved the win, even if the first goal changed the game. I think we could have created a surprise, because we'd had an international week, which creates a lot of mental fatigue and travelling. But we weren't able to take our chances."