Week 25 reactions - Conceicao: 'A great match'
FC Nantes boss Sergio Conceicao hailed his side's 'best performance' since his arrival in the 3-2 win over OM, while opposite number Rudi Garcia admitted his side's up-and-down results have to stop.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
FC Nantes 3 - 2 Olympique de Marseille
Sergio Conceiçao (FC Nantes coach): "I think we played a great match, with lots of positives. We built this win on our defensive organisation. We knew that if we pressed them early on in their moves, that they would make mistakes. My lads defended magnificently; we were compact at the back and then dangerous when we broke. It as our best performance since my arrival and I'm happy because we were mentally tough. After we conceded our first goal, we immediately felt that we could hit back and hurt them, which is important; it's a message, a mentality that I have wanted to instill in the team. Marseille didn't play badly tonight; it was we who were really good. We played a great match."
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "We showed an incredible lack of engagement in the first half. Football isn't all about what you do when you have the ball. It's not just about passes and how you use the ball; it's also a sport where, when there are challenges, you should end up with the ball at least once in 45 minutes. At least we played a bit in the second half; at least we showed our true face at some point in the match. When you make it back to 2-1, you can’t allow your opponent to score in the five minutes that follow - but we did exactly that. Tonight we fell back into a lot of our bad habits, and that's ok, that happens, but repeating our errors over and over is not something I can accept. OM are blowing hot and cold and that jut won't cut it in Ligue 1."
AS Saint-Etienne 4 - 0 FC Lorient
Christophe Galtier (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "We'll savour this win, but we won't get carried away. We got on top early thanks to the players' determination, running and desire to shut down Lorient's game, and that meant that we could be more sparing in our efforts later in the game. Our double-header against Manchester United will be for our players: it was they who earnt the privilege of playing such a match. For mine, if we want to keep having European nights like these, we need to perform in the league, so I'm focused on our upcoming clashes with Caen and Montpellier."
Bernard Casoni (FC Lorient coach): "The first two goals hurt us, as Saint-Etienne hadn't really had chances in the fist 20 minutes. We hadn't changed what I wanted us to change in terms of our attitude, both in defence and in our use of the ball. It's not easy when you're bottom of the table and 2-0 down after 20 minutes. Still, the game wasn't over at that point but I didn't feel that we had what it took - in terms of organisation as well as mentality - to get back into it, and that's a real worry."
Stade Rennais FC 2 - 2 OGC Nice
Christian Gourcuff (Stade Rennais coach): "When you're 2-0 up at half-time, of course you're disappointed when it ends in a draw. We had a good first half and we stopped them from playing by pressing high - but not so high that we puffed ourselves out, which is what they wanted us to do. The turning point was when Joris Gnagnon went off at half-time - it weakened us. When you go from having a chance to make it 3-0 to allowing them to make it 2-1, it changes everything. We lost control of the match in the second half and Nice got back into it. We could even have lost it at the death. It's disappointing and frustrating."
Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): "Yes, I think it's a case of a point won for us. They pressed us like lemons in the first-half. As I said, Rennes are a team that are beginning to take shape. For the first goal, we weren’t ready to defend at 100%. I am talking about all of the team. At half-time, we said to ourselves that nothing is impossible. We knew that we needed one goal to get us back on track. That’s what we did. It is very good to get back to 2-2. In terms of the league, I am not worried about other clubs. I only want my team to do as well as possible. Psychologically, it was very important to get back into this game.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
EA Guingamp 2 - 1 Olympique Lyonnais
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "It is a very important victory. Three points at last! We had taken two from a possible 18 which is catastrophic. It is not the scenario we had hoped for. We wanted a better start to the match but we ended up going behind. And then you tell yourself that it is going to be tricky. But I am so proud and happy today. When the players decide to play that way not many teams can resist them. It is the proof that when we play against the big teams there is more determination and concentration."
Gérald Baticle (Lyon assistant coach): "It was a difficult evening and hard for us to take because we made a great start. We were solid defensively and obliged Guingamp to come out in numbers to pose us problems, and at the same time we were managing to play some good football. We prevented Guingamp from defending deep and breaking forward in the way they like to. Unfortunately we didn't manage to maintain our balance and we lost the goal on the break. Then we lost the second goal and the scenario became favourable to Guingamp. They got men behind the ball and their strong point is the counter-attack, with which they threatened us every time they got the ball back."
Dijon FCO 2 - 0 SM Caen
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It is an excellent result. We were lucky enough to get the opening goal. Caen had chances but Baptiste Reynet made some important saves. It is essential for a defence to be able to count on such a goalkeeper. I decided to play with a five-man defence to give us reassurance but also because (Marvin) Martin and (Pierre) Lees-Melou were absent. Both teams tried to play football on a difficult pitch and they deserve credit for that."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I think the scoreline is harsh. We could have come away with a point, but the reality is that we lost and the players are disappointed. We made a defensive error for the opening goal and on such a difficult pitch it is not easy to come back. Now we need to focus on the next two matches against Lille and Nancy. There is still a long way to go, and whether you believe me or not I am not looking at the league table."
LOSC Lille 1 - 2 Angers SCO
Patrick Collot (Lille interim coach): "Of course I am worried! That is three consecutive defeats including two at home against direct rivals. The season is not over so we need to recover well and keep working hard. We need to face up to the situation in which we find ourselves. Hard work is the only way to get out of it. New signings, those who were already here, we are all together in the same boat and we need to pull together in the same direction."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We have finally been rewarded for our performances away from home because we had lost five in a row before this. We knew that all their new January signings could mean that they lacked cohesion. We showed discipline and rigour. It is a superb result and I am delighted for the players. We took inspiration from the way Lorient played last week. We studied their strengths and weaknesses and exploited them. The lads rediscovered their instinct for survival which is so important in these situations. We looked like a team that wants to stay in the top flight. This is a small step forward, but we know that it could come down to the final day and we are prepared for that."
AS Monaco 5 - 0 FC Metz
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We played well in the first half and created lots of chances. In the second half we made a few changes. But the difficult thing about tonight is the injury to Gabriel (Boschilia). It is a serious injury. I would have preferred to win 1-0 and keep Gabriel."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "We started the match badly. We were just spectators. The objective was to get close to Monaco because of their great technical quality. But if we want to hold on we need to be a bit more aggressive. The match was over in the space of 10 minutes. Before kick-off we knew they had a huge attacking armada. The aim was to stay solid and not concede too quickly. We already paid the price the last time we met (a 7-0 defeat). At half-time I told the players I was not happy. It was a bit better in the second half but you still felt there would be danger if Monaco accelerated. But we are not playing in the same league as them. I would prefer us to beat Nantes next week than depend on a possible exploit in Monaco."
AS Nancy Lorraine 0 - 3 Montpellier Hérault SC
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "We did not produce the performance we wanted at all. We have conceded seven goals in two matches without scoring. We will have to see if we manage to bounce back from this or if it is a lasting problem. Montpellier have quality players and we failed to handle them. It feels like we ran a lot less than our opponents and that annoys me. We rushed our decisions on the ball, made bad choices. I think a large part of our game was lost in the midfield battle. There is one stat: we put in 25 crosses and didn't touch any of them. That says it all."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "It was a very good evening for us. I put out a very attacking side with small technical players on a pitch that they were not used to. I am very satisfied. I had the match against Monaco to see the new signings who I had only watched before on video. Today everyone played their part. We have 29 points so there is still a long way to go but this victory should give us confidence."
Toulouse FC 4 - 1 SC Bastia
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "The first half was awful. We were very lucky to be in front. Tiredness was to blame for our poor first half. I gambled in going with the same team for the third match running but I can't hide the fact that the pitch here is terrible. When you have such quality attacking players, sometimes they'll dig you out of a hole. Things became easier when we had the extra man. We scored some great goals but it wasn't our best performance."
François Ciccolini (Bastia coach): "When you see the way we played in the first half and yet we lose 4-1, you do want to ask questions. We had chances but it is difficult away from home when you don't put one away. We got punished at a set-piece and with 10 men and then nine it became impossible. What coach would not be weakened in this situation? We have a board of directors and a president and when a big decision needs to be taken they take it. But am I thinking of quitting? No."
Friday, February 10, 2017
Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - 3 Paris Saint-Germain
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Girondins de Bordeaux coach): "We were up against a very talented team who pegged us back - with a lot of sang froid and at a Champions League level - with several moves that they got exactly right. They made the right choices and they were good technically. We couldn't get the job done, and that was the difference; we needed to score and be more precise. We created chances and we were in the mix for a while, but they punished us with surgical precision."
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We're happy because the team played with the spirit we were looking for. They showed confidence and high standards and played with drive and motivation to get all three points for our fans. This win is important as we needed points given how well Monaco and Nice are doing. Barcelona? Getting all three points tonight was very important, and we're looking forward to great match. We need to prepare for it as best we can."