Week 26 Reactions - Garcia: 'A very important victory'
OM boss Rudi Garcia was a happy man after the 1-0 home win over Bordeaux that kept his side in the race for second; Bordeaux's Soualiho Meïté hailed the arrival of coach Gustavo Poyet but conceded there is plenty of work left to do.
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "It's a very important victory. A 1-0 victory, and we're very happy to win that way. We had a very good first half, and the only regret for this match is that we did not score a second goal. We did not have tons of opportunities to score. After that, we were not safe from a lucky blow or a kick from Bordeaux. They spent their time defending. In the end, we finished with three more points and are sticking close to Monaco. That's what we wanted before the game. We are very happy."
Soualiho Meïté (Girondins de Bordeaux midfielder): "Having a new coach come in has been good for us. He's given us that extra edge, and helped to get us back on the right path. But, as you can see from tonight, there are still things we need to work on. We should never have conceded that goal! That put an end to our winning run, but it won't stop our momentum. Marseille are a very strong team, we knew that. They play good football, they like to dominate possession, and that's what they did tonight. But I still think we could have counter-attacked more, had more shots on goal. We weren't accurate enough in the final third."
OGC Nice 1-1 FC Nantes
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We had a lot of possession and we deserved to take three points. We've had to settle for one even though they only had one or two chances and we had three or four. We didn't create enough chances and it's not easy to play against Nantes who press hard in the 4-4-2. We need to play a bit better in order to turn things around. I think the penalty we conceded was a gift."
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "After conceding so early in the game this was a good result for us. It was a good point for us but also for them given that they were on a losing run. When you can't win a draw is a good result. We have a lot to improve upon as we were 18th in the 2018 form table before this match. A game such as this has to give us confidence and now we have to think about Amiens."
LOSC 2-2 Olympique Lyonnais
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "Given our league position and the way the first half went we must appreciate this draw. Nobody thought we would be capable of getting back on terms and fortunately we were only two goals down as we were comprehensively outplayed in the first half. I had strong words for my team at the break without losing my temper. We needed to close them down and we gave it everything. We are conceding too many goals and if you need to score thee or four to win games, well that's not possible."
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "We weren't humble enough for top level sport. I told my players what I think and it will stay between us. As for the podium, well you never know what will happen in sport. Sport is a team game played by individuals who don't always think about the team. It's not because we played a bit deeper in the second half that we conceded twice. The lack of humility was down to us leading 2-0 at the break."
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Paris Saint-Germain 5-2 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Unai Emery (PSG coach): "The win was important after Wednesday's game [PSG were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League]. We feel very strong at the Parc des Princes. We must let the fans know that we need them. [Lassana] Diarra played 55 minutes tonight; [Thiago] Motta came in for 35. The goal is to get them working together, although I'm very happy with how Giovani Lo Celso played in Madrid."
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "Our goal is to stay up. Anything against Paris would just be icing on the cake. I'm happy with how we did though I think we could have done better. We lost our aggression late in the game and conceded two avoidable goals. Now, after PSG, we'll get back to what is the real competition for us."
Amiens SC 0-0 Toulouse FC
Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "We were a bit wet behind the ears in the first half of the season but tonight we were strong and held on for a point. It's an important point, even if we would've liked to take all three. It's also good to finally keep a clean sheet after 11 games! You have to know how not to lose. We will fight with everything we've got to maintain our top-flight status."
Mickaël Debève (Toulouse coach): "We dropped two points. We should have been more effective, especially when we found ourselves 11 against ten [Gueïda Fofana was sent off in the 76th minute]. At least we didn't concede a goal. Our movement wasn't good enough, though, that's my biggest disappointment. Amiens were very direct."
Angers SCO 0-1 AS Saint-Etienne
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach):"I'm extremely disappointed for my players who played a good match and have nothing to show for it. Their goalkeeper [Stéphane Ruffier] wad the man of the match. I can't blame my attackers for the way he played. However, conceding felt like a real injustice. We know we're in a difficult situation. The most important thing is not to be 19th on 17 February, but 17th on 19 May! "
Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "We had a lot of luck towards the end, with [Mathieu] Debuchy and [Yann] M'Vila saving on the line, and Ruffier making two big saves. The last 15 minutes were like the Battle of Alamo but we defended heroically. I like our team spirit. We want to get to 42 points as quickly as possible, and then we can start looking further up the table."
SM Caen 2-2 Stade Rennais FC
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I have to praise the character of my players. They never let go, right till the end they showed they had a rare grit. To miss two penalties, you have to keep believing. It's an important point, a point that will matter. Of course, it would have been nice to win, but the players did their best."
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "Coming away with a point isn't so bad when you consider how the game went. We conceded an early goal and it looked like it would be difficult. I thought we'd done the hard part by equalising and then going ahead. We're a little frustrated but if you're completely objective we have to be satisfied with a point."
Montpellier Hérault SC 1-1 EA Guingamp
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "It's a shame that we didn't play in the first half. We didn't make ourselves available enough for passes. We woke up in the second half and I appreciated the fact they started fighting for and holding onto the ball. It felt like we were playing with eight against 11 in the first half. You can't play like that when you're aiming for fifth place."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We're disappointed as there was room to win. We took the lead but we stopped playing in the second half. We spent the whole time defending and suffering. We planned to kill the game in the second half but Montpellier equalised and that was only fair. This is a good point that keeps us moving in the right direction."
ESTAC Troyes 1-0 FC Metz
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "We're very satisfied because these aren't easy matches. I'm proud of my team for how many opportunities they created. We must praise Metz. They came here to win and put us in trouble at times. We had a dozen good chances of our own in the first half and the way the team played makes me optimistic about the future. This is a good win but there's still a long road ahead of us."
Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "It's a big disappointment. It was cruel. We had some difficulties with their counter-attacks in the first half but we had chances too. I want to thank the Metz fans who supported us throughout the match. We will keep working hard and continue to pick ourselves up."
Friday, February 16, 2018
AS Monaco 4-0 Dijon FCO
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "It is a good victory because Dijon like to play good football and have a lot of technical quality. If we hadn't taken the match so seriously, Dijon could have hurt us. We were good in the defensive transitions. We used the wide players for the first goal. Then our opponents attacked and we hit them on the break. I am happy with the four goals. We made the most of their defensive errors. But it is important to say that Dijon always tried to play football and took risks when they were 1-0 down. But even when they did, we kept our balance and controlled the game."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "The scoreline is a bit harsh. I thought we could have done better than that. We made mistakes that cost us dear, losing the ball in midfield. I am disappointed, because at half-time I thought we could have been in a better position. I had hoped that we could hold them. But we had too many frailties technically. The first goal was avoidable. My team is capable of better than that. I honestly thought we could have scored a goal. We lacked nerve. We were too timid. Now we need to bounce back against Troyes in our rescheduled game. The team is making progress away from home but we have not sorted that out yet. We are going from joy to disappointment from one weekend to another."