Week 27 reactions: Baup: "Nothing comes easy"
OM coach Elie Baup says his side need to start converting their chances in order to make Ligue 1 life easier. OL boss Rémi Garde was frustrated not to have won at Brest.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
LOSC Lille 2-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Rudi Garcia (Lille coach): "Four wins in a row is starting to become something significant. But we're still behind the leading clubs. We now need to prepare well for the derby against Valenciennes in order to be able to keep our run going. We'll savour this win first as it was acquired against a good Bordeaux side. We knew how to stay patient and we played more dynamic football in the second half, scoring two beautiful goals. Our equaliser hurt them. My team showed they've got soul and know how to turn things around. Steeve Elana made two great saves and when you want to win games, you need to have a goalkeeper at the top of his game and ours was tonight."
Francis Gillot (Bordeaux coach): "In the first half we did some good things, scored a goal and could have added a second on two or three occasions. In the second half we didn't manage to get the ball out of our half and we were put under great pressure. Their goalkeeper made two great saves and we could have equalised late on through Fahid Ben Khalfallah. In our series of four losses, Lyon and Lille were better than is but we shouldn't have lost to Brest and Ajaccio. Our chances have finished of finishing in the top four now."
Olympique de Marseille 2-1 ESTAC Troyes
Elie Baup (Marseille coach): "Nothing comes easy to us this season. We had two chances in the first half that we should have stuck away. The goal we conceded was avoidable. If we don't find the back of the net then the league season will continue to be complicated for us. Sougou brought us his pace and ability to get in behind. We're waiting for him to be physically ready to start a game and he's not far away. I hesitated before leaving him on the bench for this one. We got the three points and for now we're not going to think about next week's game at Lyon. My players are mentally strong and resourceful, and I knew that."
Jean-Marc Furlan (Troyes coach): "It was a repeated scenario for us. We were better in the second half and had good chances. We were unlucky with the first goal and again we're paying for having players who are still learning what Ligue 1 is all about. I'm trying to put myself in the minds of the players who played well only to fail in the closing minutes. It was difficult to react after their first goal as everything happened so quickly. The players have what it takes to go on and claim a first away win."
Stade Brestois 29 1 - 1 Olympique Lyonnais
Landry Chauvin (Brest coach): "I regret the fact we didn't score a second goal because we had the opportunities to do so in the first half. It's still a good point against a club who are nearly top of the table. We've got a more competitive squad now and in the last few weeks the players have been hitting their best form. We showed we're a coherent team and we have to keep picking up points and not look too much over our shoulders."
Rémi Garde (Lyon coach): "I have no rational explanation for how we started the game. It cost us because we had to chase an equaliser, just like against Lorient last time out. We've got the quality to not give up. At the end of the day we are actually frustrated not to have won. We weren't clinical enough in front of goal. When Maxime Gonalons isn't there then the midfield isn't the same and it took us a bit of time to find the right balance with Steed Malbranque, Arnold Mvuemba and Clément Grenier. We know how important Max is. The league season won't stop next week. This was a real opening for us and the players did all in their power to take it. If we keep showing the same spirit then we'll keep worrying people and we'll have the possibility of fulfilling our objective of a podium finish."
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Stade de Reims 1 - 0 Paris Saint-Germain
Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "The disappointment doesn't go any further than the result. We had chances to win the match, in the first half with [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and in the second with Ibra's goal [ruled out for off-side]. All I can say is that we have to accept how things turn out. We had problems, but they weren't the same as in [the 3-2 defeat in] Sochaux. It was a different match. In Sochaux, it was above all a problem of attitude. Here, we struggled to play our game because the pitch wasn't very good. We had to adapt our game and play long balls. It wasn't a concentration problem either. We looked to play the ball on the ground, but the pitch… Beckham did his job well. I don't think it's a physical problem, and I can't be angry with my players. The team is doing some great work, and we're still in top spot. Tonight it was a technical problem, not a problem of attitude."
Hubert Fournier (Reims coach): "We weren't out to score an upset, we just wanted to pose problems for Paris. We had to lift our game and that's what we did. We had an excellent first half. The second was more complicated as we went a man down. We needed courage and solidarity. These three points are so good for us, and this win will be a benchmark. It proves to the whole squad that we can beat anyone. That's what I said to my players at half-time, 'We'll see whether we've learned anything in our Ligue 1 apprenticeship'. Six months ago at the Parc, we had an excellent first half but then gave up [a 1-0 loss]. We're more capable than we think of doing well in matches like this."
AS Saint-Etienne 4 - 0 OGC Nice
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "Jérémy [Clément] is undergoing surgery for an open fracture to his ankle, most likely a break of both the tibia and fibula. I must say that I would rather have lost the match than to have lost Jérémy. As for the game itself, I don't have that much to say because I wasn't really concentrating on it. Congratulations to my lads for making it a football game, because the other side weren't playing football. Accidents happen, but tonight it was inevitable that someone would get hurt."
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "We mustn't conflate matters. There was a very regrettable accident. My heart goes out to Clément because it's awful to lose a player that way. I can understand their anger, but you have to keep a lid on it. There weren't a lot of fouls in the match but it's true that this one, committed by a forward who didn't really measure his challenge, is without a doubt regrettable. It was an important point in the match. We struggled to impose our game and respond to an early penalty. Then there was the sending-off. A man down, we had a chance to get into the match and show our quality. But we couldn't do it. We just weren't consistent enough to trouble this Saint-Etienne team."
FC Sochaux Montbéliard 2-1 AS Nancy-Lorraine
Patrick Gabriel (Nancy coach): "This win is naturally a satidfying result. Had we lost tonight, the rest of the season would be looking a lot more complicated right now. The results of our relegation rivals didn't really go our way, but we'll keep hanging on, even though our situation is pretty fragile. We were fortunate enough to score first and then we handled the rest of the game well. I played three forwards to hinder the Sochaux wing-backs and force them to go through the middle, and I think it worked well."
Éric Hély (Sochaux coach): "First of all, congratulations to Nancy, who put a solid win together tonight. Their first goal destabilised us and we lacked grit and wasted possession. It proves that every Ligue 1 match can be a tough fight. But it wasn't all bad; our second half was promising for the rest of the season to come. Despite the season we've had, we're now on 27 points. A few weeks ago, no-one would have thought that possible."
SC Bastia 1 - 0 AC Ajaccio
Frédéric Hantz (Bastia coach): "The important thing was to win it, and we got the job done by taking a lot of risks in attack. I regret the incidents at the end of the match, with our two red cards, but I don't really care to comment other than to say that had [Dennis] Oliech not committed that foul on [Mickaël] Landreau, then there wouldn't have been an incident. We're happy to see that we're progressing. It was a very special match because we had been pretty unlucky for a while. We should have scored earlier but there was a lot of pressure and a huge weight of expectation surrounding this match. It was important to win tonight because now we know that we can prevail in high-stakes matches. Tactically and mentally, we've come a long way. But it's just one match and the win is just one step. We need to back it up against the big sides like Bordeaux and Lyon in the coming weeks."
Albert Emon (Ajaccio coach): "It's tough to analyse this defeat in the heat of the moment. It's disappointing, especially in terms of the quality of our play, which wasn't good enough to win this kind of match. We tried to find a leveller but couldn't produce the quality. We'll need to launch ourselves on another dynamic in order to approach matches differently and experience our football differently. What I mean is that we can't afford to be scared of getting forward and playing good football. We need to take our moves further and create more attacking options. As for the incidents and the end of the match, I didn't see anything and I prefer to talk about my match and not what went on around it."
Toulouse FC 0 - 0 Evian TG FC
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "We lacked intensity and rhythm. Defensively, we were effective though. Our confidence has been low for a while now. Were up against a well-organised side and we didn't manage to move them around. We're in a bit of a slump; we're realising that Moussa Sissoko's departure in January has changed our game. We need to come up with a solution because we need to get our confidence back. Our potential is much higher than our recent results suggest."
Pascal Dupraz (Evian coach): "We're disappointed to get just the one point because we had a chance for all three. But we didn't take the initiative, although I did appreciate my players' work ethic. We're in a complicated situation and we know it. Reims' beating PSG wasn't really the result I was hoping for. But if others can do it, then why can't we? We're also set to take on PSG at home, but first we absolutely have to beat Sochaux next weekend. We haven't won in ten matches but the players' frame of mind allows me to believe we can beat the drop, even though we've contributed somewhat to the pickle we’re in."
FC Lorient 1 - 1 Valenciennes FC
Christian Gourcuff (Lorient coach): "It was a crazy match, not a controlled one. We created a lot of chances but we lacked precision in our finishing. Conceding a penalty from a stupid foul was a real shame. But we pushed right to the end to win it, even though we were pretty disorganised. We're lacking a certain something, there's no question."
Daniel Sanchez (Valenciennes coach): "It was a good football match tonight. Both sides gave their all right the way through. The draw is satisfying for us, as both sides looked to play football tonight, which always makes for a good match. We want to finish as high up the table as possible; there's always something at stake, like a higher position, because it can make a difference economically. But first of all we need to collect the points to make sure beat the drop."
Friday, March 1, 2013
Montpellier Hérault SC - Stade Rennais FC
René Girard (Montpellier coach): "For a bunch of no-goods, it was a good match. We had a pretty complicated first half. But then we scored at the right moment and ran away with it. The fact that we didn't give up despite the difficulty and that we worked like mad to stay in the game in the first half is very positive. We pushed hard enough to make the difference. We made our luck. We're in good form right now; when you defend well, you can win matches. You don't accumulate 44 points from one day to the next, even if our performances haven't always been top-notch. It shows that we're on a roll, but we're not going to get big-headed about it and start talking about Europe. I don't know how useful it is to come out and say, 'We're playing for a place in Europe' anyway."
Frédéric Antonetti (Rennes coach): "We rediscovered the flair in our play, but we did take the chances we created. It's a shame. I told the players as much, but now we need to be effective too. I told the players to focus on the positive aspects of how they played tonight. If we can keep playing like this - with solid pressing and strong clearances - it could be promising. We just have to get better in the last 20 metres. Montpellier hardly caused us any problems except for their slightly reckless style of play."
Louis Nicollin (Montpellier president): "We finally got back into the real spirit of the La Paillade [the region around Montpellier], but it took a lot of work. We had to get them together and give them a talking to, but in the end, they're good lads and everything's fine. I will tell you something: I was very scared that we would drop back into the second division. But now I'm happy; we've got 44 points. The Champions League? My eye! We don't have to stress ourselves. If we hadn't mucked around at the beginning of the season - I'm thinking of certain matches in particular - we'd be in a better position. But if we manage to finish in the top ten, then that suits me fine."