Week 29 reactions - Casoni: 'Paris are still Paris'
FC Lorient coach Bernard Casoni was pleased with his struggling side's performance in the 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain, noting that the champions have lost nothing of their quality despite mid-week European agony.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
FC Lorient 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Bernard Casoni (FC Lorient coach): "We could have done better, especially with the first goal. We started the match well and we kept our shape throughout the match. My players stayed focused right to the end and I'm disappointed for them as they gave their all. But we won't be up against PSG every day, and this performance augurs well for the future. PSG are still a high-level team and aren't going to go to water just because of their loss to Barcelona. We had them on the back foot a couple of times and maybe they weren't as impactful as usual, but Paris are still Paris."
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "The team dominated throughout the 90 minutes of the game. We managed to lead 2-0 and even though we conceded a goal, we held on. We stopped our opponents creating a lot of chances. These three points are important. We dominated the game and the team played very well, even if they can do better. But I'm very happy with the team's work."
Olympique Lyonnais 4 - 0 Toulouse FC
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "We got a few breaks in this match. Don't forget Toulouse hit the woodwork twice before we opened the scoring and without a bit of luck we could have been behind. We are scoring goals, creating chances. The goals we are scoring are extraordinary too and that is also good for the fans. And even if we were a bit lucky, we didn't concede a goal. That is very important going into the match on Thursday against Roma. We are in really great form. It is also interesting that we made a lot of changes. Certain players had not played a lot recently but they showed what they can do. We can therefore count on them. That is very positive too."
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We almost didn't deserve to be behind at half-time. It was either bad luck or clumsiness from us, but we also conceded goals from half chances. We have a young team but everyone needs to be running together. There are still nine matches left and we don't want to spoil the end of our season. It is a blow that we will get up from."
AS Saint-Etienne 2 - 2 FC Metz
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It is a disappointment because we play matches looking to win them and we have not picked up a lot of points recently. We managed to grab a point, which is better than nothing and mentally maybe it will affect us less than had we lost. So it is disappointing, but there is no anger. Loïc (Perrin) provided an assist for the first goal, cleared one off the line and then got the equaliser...It was a top-level performance from him, as he has often produced over a number of seasons now."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with the result. It is true that before coming to Geoffroy-Guichard we would have considered a draw to be a good result, especially as we had lost six of our last seven away from home. We can't complain but we had the chances to finish it off. Saint-Etienne should build a statue for Perrin. It is two points dropped but still a good point in our bid to stay up."
Saturday, March 11, 2017
AS Monaco 2-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Bordeaux are a lot better organised than they were at the start of the season. They didn't leave us a lot of space. You have to respect that idea, it also shows the value of our team. We tried incessantly to find space without leaving ourselves open to counter-attacks. Now we've got nine matches left till the end of the season. Teams have analysed us and they come here with a more defensive strategy. That's normal, it's not a criticism. Against teams that only come forward on counter-attacks, you have to try and score without giving your opponents opportunities. In those terms, we put in a great performance.
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "I'm disappointed to lose, frustrated too, because we managed to knock Monaco out of their stride. We were very disciplined to limit the space we gave them and to control Lemar and Silva. For a long time, they struggled to cope with us. We lost on a mistake at a set-piece and the talent of Moutinho. We didn't have what it takes to make them afraid in the final third. We needed to be better in our choices, our dribbles. Monaco are less dominant than Paris, but they have peaks. They'll be tough to catch, I think, because when it's a little bit difficult and things aren't working out how they want, they still manage to get it done."
En Avant Guingamp 5-0 SC Bastia
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We scored in the second half even though we created more chances in the first. The first goal snuffed out Bastia's hopes. I'm proud of my players. They really put in a shift. Their work paid off. We put in a great performance. The point taken at Montpellier boded well. The boys put in the performance I had been looking for."
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "We lost 5-0, I'm frustrated, the players too, but above all we lost three points. It's a difficult moment for all of us who work at the club. I'm not happy with the standard of the team's pressing. We lacked intensity. After keeping the scoreline level at the break, the key was the first goal we conceded. It wasn't the same game after the red card. There's nothing else to do. I hope to finish a match with 11 players very soon. We have to learn the lessons and work well before the match against Metz."
Stade Rennais FC 1-1 Dijon FCO
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "Luckily there are two halves, but even the second wasn't entirely satisfactory. At the end of the match, we were close to being taught a lesson with losses of possession, disorganisation…It was Russian roulette. It was a very difficult end to the game. We could have lost the game in the final ten minutes."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "We didn't manage to keep possession. We were under pressure, we sat deep, but we didn't manage to keep the ball, so it kept coming back at us and coming back at us, and that's when we conceded. I think the first-half display was solid, controlled. We didn't have a lot of chances, but I think that we could have been a little more dangerous, just like at the end of the game when we had two or three chances. If we had handled things better, we could have sprung a surprise. But it's a good point. You know it's not going to be easy when you come to Rennes."
AS Nancy Lorraine 1-2 LOSC Lille
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "Overall, the game went quite well. But we lacked the clinical streak to get us a second goal, because we had chances. We experienced the worst scenario possible. There's nothing to say about the first goal, but there looked like a handball in the second. We took a lot of shots, but didn't get many on target. We weren't able to get shots on target and our opponents were."
Franck Passi (LOSC coach): "We're happy with the result, less so with the performance, because we were lucky. We controlled the game up to the goal, even if we didn't manage to score. We conceded and from then on, we weren't balanced. Fortunately we got back to winning ways with that penalty. Nancy, like us, were in trouble and the players aren't confident so it doesn't take much to knock things out of kilter. We are five points above the relegation zone and have moved closer to mid-table, which was important before Marseille. I hope it'll give the players the confidence to finish the season well."
Montpellier Hérault SC 2-3 FC Nantes
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "We created a lot of chances. We played nicely, but a point wasn't enough for us. When we equalised, we continued attacking like madmen and got caught on the break. It's a catastrophic scenario for a match like that…Their will to win the match came from good intentions, but it hurts us in terms of points. If we concede three times, it's going to be difficult. Still, we managed to play some good football. If we need to tighten things up at the back, we also have to continue creating chances and playing well."
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "We're happy. After the game at Monaco, it was a sign of the character and personality of the team. Against a Montpellier team that is comfortable at home, it was a fantastic match. We started the game with a very promising tempo. We had four or five chances to score, but Montpellier scored instead. We probably put in our best first-half performance away from home, even if we had a little problem of balance. Our second half wasn't as spectacular, but we managed to score when Montpellier were on top."
Friday, March 10, 2017
OGC Nice 2 - 2 SM Caen
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We are pleased to come away with the point. When you are 2-0 down at home, it is very complicated. We have 63 points when we have been playing for two weeks now without our top scorer. Tonight Wylan Cyprien got injured. We will get a diagnosis at the start of next week. But it looks serious. Tonight we didn't have Younès (Belhanda) but we will get him back next week. We will need to find solutions for Nantes. That won't be an easy match."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We would have taken a point beforehand. I really liked the way we played up until half-time. After that it was to be expected that Nice would come back into it and we were playing so deep. When you are stuck in your 18-yard box it becomes complicated. We saw that during the week. It is a good point. A victory and a draw against Nice - not many teams have done that. I am a little bit disappointed with how we played in the second half. But we have won two and drawn one of our last four games and I would take the same again over the next four."
Olympique de Marseille 3 - 0 Angers SCO
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We decided to press high, start strongly and very quickly we got a goal. We also decided to be more compact and get forward quickly if we were in front, and Rémy (Cabella) scored a great goal. We gambled on using our technical ability and liveliness against the height and strength of Angers. To beat Angers, who had won five games in a row, and win 3-0, is a great performance. The victory is richly deserved even if the scoreline is harsh on them. Fourth place? If we can be capable of going on a great run and Lyon slip up then why not, but let's try and stay fifth first."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "Four shots on target and three goals is a good statistic, and their victory is logical, but the scoreline is harsh. We knew about their individual quality in attack and the danger came from all over the place. We have the feeling that we had our chance and let it pass us by - it is incredible that we had seven shots on target and didn't score. But they have that ability to keep the ball moving and we tired ourselves out chasing after it. Not every team has the likes of Payet, Thauvin or Sanson in great form, Rémy Cabella...these are talented players. With Gomis who is not there as well. They will finish sixth, fifth or even fourth."