Week 29 reactions
Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa felt his side deserved to beat league leaders Lyon while Laurent Blanc did not want to look for excuses after Paris' defeat at Bordeaux.
Sunday, 15 March, 2015
Olympique de Marseille 0 - 0 Olympique Lyonnais
Marcelo Bielsa (Marseille coach): "I thought it was a very intense game, very good to watch even though there weren't any goals. For us, there were two different periods: one before the red card and one after. In those ten minutes, we were a little disorganised, but the preceding 85 minutes were satisfying from our team. I think that up till the sending-off, we deserved to win, but we couldn't quite reach out and take it. There are still 27 points left to take, and we haven't given up hope. It's our best game of the season apart from the last ten minutes."
Hubert Fournier (Lyon coach): "In terms of points, it's a good thing for us. We have picked up a point on Paris and Marseille remain four points behind. It was a match in which both teams went looking for the win, with two good goalkeepers. Marseille caused us problems and put us under pressure in spells. We were able to grit our teeth and cling on. But at the end of the game, we had chances. Our opponents pushed us back. We knew we would have opportunities at the end of the game, and our substitutes brought us some freshness. We are one of five contenders for a Champions League place. It's too early to talk about the title, we still have nine games left, 27 points left to pick up."
LOSC Lille 3 - 0 Stade Rennais FC
René Girard (LOSC coach): "The start of the game was a little crazy. After half-an-hour, it could have been 2-2. After that, it was good, we can be happy with our day at the office. This win is going to give us confidence, and will free us up. It hasn't always been simple, but the youngsters have never given up. It's the best lesson in football when you believe that the next day might be better when you're going through a difficult period. This match will give Origi confidence. At 19 years old, his situation is difficult. You need to find a blend between the faith I have in him and the means that he gives himself to repay that."
Philippe Montanier (Rennes coach): "It was our most consistent game for a long time. But when you are not efficient in the two most important areas of the pitch, it's not enough. They scored three goals against us without creating that many chances. We could have scored too, with clear-cut chances. But 3-0 is hard to take as we played well."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain
Willy Sagnol (Bordeaux coach): "There are many reasons to explain why Bordeaux won and why Paris lost. We wanted to please the fans, and Paris had put in a lot of effort on Wednesday. It would have been difficult to leave with a draw. We saw the results of our rivals yesterday, and if we wanted to earn the right to dream, we had to get a result."
Laurent Blanc (Paris coach): "We lost because Bordeaux deserved to win more than Paris, that's it! Don't look for reasons why we lost. It's clear that Paris were not so good, but that's all. You can highlight many things. Bordeaux deserved their win. We might have got a draw as we equalised twice. But it's true they dominated play. We were too fragile in our play, and above all lacked the technical quality which we usually have and which can explain a lot of things."
Saturday, 14 March, 2015
FC Metz 2 - 3 AS Saint-Etienne
Albert Cartier (Metz coach): "We played against a very good opponent who are trying to finish in the top three. After a good start we were trailing 2-0 at half time because of ten bad minutes. It was important to reduce the score but it was not enough. We still tried hard but our effort was not rewarded. You have to be efficient. For as long as survival is mathematically possible, we must remain combative and determined. That is important in difficult times."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "We scored three goals, and fine goals, but our lead was not an accident. We conceded two because we mismanaged the game. That is too many goals to concede, but the most important thing is that our forwards scored to gain confidence. After Metz scored the team were galvanized and they pushed hard. Fortunately we scored a third goal. Overall it was a positive performance but we need to improve certain aspects."
RC Lens 1 - 0 Toulouse FC
Antoine Kombouaré (Lens coach): "Winning does us a lot of good. I am very proud of the players and very happy for them. We really appreciate hearing the victory cries from the crowd. This is our first win in 2015. These three points are very important for our confidence, to bring a smile to our faces and to keep hope. The game was tight so to win is very pleasing. Is it because of good coaching? No. It is a victory of the group. Those who played had the right mind-set and enjoy the work of their colleagues. Survival going to be a complicated fight. Many people do not believe in us, but it does not matter. As long as there is a chance, we will be there to the end."
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "My team showed quality. I'm pleased with their behaviour and attitude on a difficult pitch against a team that is playing with its last chance to stay in Ligue 1. We deserve to be in the lead at half-time. Then we lost our focus. They put a little more pressure on us and some careless mistakes cost us the victory. There are nine matches left and there is still hope. Not much is going in our favour right now. We will not give up, we will fight to the end."
FC Lorient 2 - 1 SM Caen
Sylvain Ripoll (Lorient coach): "It's a very, very important win. Especially since it was a very difficult game to approach psychologically. It's never easy to play 11 against ten, especially against Caen. We did well to equalise quickly. If we hadn't, doubt and impatience could soon resurface. After, it was necessary not to get excited. We had to have patience, without going soft. We took our time, but we lacked some technique. It was hard to destabilise a defensive block that has the capacity to produce quick counter-attacks. This is not a turning point, but it was important that the players were rewarded for their efforts. It is a good result, but our position remains fragile."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I am satisfied with how we started the match. It was very, very good. I can't argue too much about the sending off (Damien Da Silva on 17 minutes). Even though we have recently played ten against 11 against Bordeaux (last Saturday's 2-1 loss), there is no point getting paranoid about our things. If we play with ten men, it is our fault. After we were too nervous, we made too many unnecessary mistakes. A red card changes the game, but I am pleased with how my players reacted. I would have liked not to have conceded the equaliser so soon. My team were strong mentally. Even with a player missing we thought we could do it. I tell the players before every game that there is joy to be found in that match. The pressure is for the others, we had enough pressure at Christmas."
Montpellier Hérault SC 3 - 1 Stade de Reims
Rolland Courbis (Montpellier coach): "This win feels good, especially after the match against Lyon (5-1 loss last Sunday). It was not a great week for the players, staff nor myself. When we were leading 2-1 you could see that we were still nervous. That tension was released at 3-1. Although Geoffrey (Jourdren) had two or three saves to make the two goal winning margin reflects the face of the game. We did not play the game with tremendous confidence. The loss against Lyon caused damage to our goal difference. We have average and our overall strength. We have 13 wins and 45 points. With ten games to play we are very proud of what we have done since the beginning of the season."
Jean-Luc Vasseur (Reims coach): "We made a rod for our own backs. It was a very bad first half. The second was a little better. When one starts a game the way we started this one, they cannot expect to survive in Ligue 1."
FC Nantes 2 - 1 Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC
Michel Der Zakarian (Nantes coach): "The priority was to win this game. It was not a great show, but it was a rough game. There was a lot of commitment. We decided to try and put Evian on the back foot and we scored the first goal through Ismaël (Bangoura). It came just before half time, which was good for us. In the second half we played exactly the same way and scored again. After, we had 20 minutes of good quality, where we were a little better technically. And then, a little defensive error cost us. It was tense when Evian scored but it was a very good result for us."
Pascal Dupraz (Evian coach): "From the moment we decided to let the shots rain in we fell behind 2-0. It is difficult because football matches last 94 minutes and you have to manage them. We should recovered better at the end of the first half, because we controlled Nantes for the most part. It was some technical errors that saw us fall behind. Inefficiency is the enemy of football and the enemy of humanity. But do not worry about us. We have the resources to maintain out Ligue 1 status. We had Nantes in trouble."
Friday, 13 March, 2015
OGC Nice 1 - 2 En Avant Guingamp
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "There's a lot of disappointment and frustration among the players. We needed to be more positive to trouble a Guingamp side that came to occupy space. There is no question of giving up, this is all part of the learning curve. We need to be more dynamic, put on more pressure, go forward more, more rhythm. We're struggling, the context isn't very favourable. It's often the case for teams that are struggling that you don't get the rub of the green. It's been too easy to score against us recently. We need more rigour and discipline."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "It was important to get some momentum, because we had lost three in a row. The three points were important for both teams, and I'm happy we got them. It was a special game with very few chances in the first half. We thought we had done the hardest thing by opening the scoring, but we let them back into it with a defensive mistake. The players went out and got a second goal despite that blow, and we were able to defend our lead afterwards."
AS Monaco 3 - 0 SC Bastia
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "It's the perfect evening. The team played well and produced a great display, creating a lot of chances. We didn't need to use a lot of energy in the last 30 minutes, that's good. The Bastia team that knocked us out of the Coupe de la Ligue was more aggressive. After the first red card, it was easier for us."
Ghislain Printant (Bastia coach): "It was a difficult evening for Bastia. I have to congratulate Monaco, who were able to deprive us of possession and were much better than us. I think we were too nice, we were partners not opponents. We stood off them a lot. We lacked aggression, even if we finished with nine men. It's bizarre, but it's the reality. We didn't play like a team fighting to stay up. We had a promising first 15 minutes, but after that we totally switched off and conceded the first goal. After that, it became tough. Monaco did not have to dig deep to put us in difficulty."