Week 29 reactions - Garcia: 'Everyone is important'
OM boss Rudi Garcia was pleased to see his whole squad - including match-winning substitute Kostas Mitroglou - firing in the 2-1 win over Toulouse, whose coach Mickaël Debève found some silver linings to the defeat.
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
Toulouse FC 1-2 Olympique de Marseille
Mickaël Debève (Toulouse FC coach): "One of the sides was very effective today and that side was OM. They certainly deserved this win, but there were points in this match against a tough opponent where we could have taken the lead. Sincerely, matches like tonight's are really tough for the lads, but that's the reality of football. It's a real blow in our bid to beat the drop. We could have turned the match in our favour but we didn't, and that's a shame, but [OM 'keeper Steve] Mandanda had a big say in that. Now we need to take a maximum of points at home, but we can be optimistic given the performance we turned in against excellent opposition tonight."
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "It's really a collective victory. We displayed a collective spirit at a very high level and indeed the victory came from the bench - that proves that everyone is important. In addition, it was 'Mitro' [Mitroglou] who won it for us, so that's all the better, it will really kick-start his season. We are happy, we showed character and composure. We started well the first 20 minutes and we should have led 2-0 but we did not take all our chances. So we bit our fingernails a little when we let Toulouse equalise, and we had problems. Steve [Mandanda] made at least two high-class saves to help us."
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "With Nabil Fekir out injured and Houssem Aouar falling ill at the last minute, I'm very proud of my players and I'd like to congratulate them for what they did this evening. We're well aware it wasn't our best match of the season. Given the context and the conditions it was a good thing. Nabil has already suffered a lot with injury in the past and we'll get him back fully fit after the international window and he'll be really motivated for the last month and a half of games."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "I'm a little frustrated because I think we could have done better. We played the way we wanted to in the first half and caused them problems. I'm sad about the second half as we played much too deep. We were punished in the second half. We needed to be more aggressive in keeping the ball. With the ball we needed to play in a more vertical fashion and we weren't able to do that."
EA Guingamp 2-5 OGC Nice
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We were punished by a Nice side that really took their chances. Every time they attacked us they hurt us. We are very disappointed at the result and at conceding five goals. We did some good things but we came up against a Plea at the peak of his game. There were some key moments and we didn't manage to shut them down, such as when we brought it back to 3-2. It's tough for the lads."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It was a good afternoon but I don't know if 5-2 was a true reflection. We scored at the right times. They put us in a lot of trouble in the opening stages and won all the second balls. Things turned around for us and we did the job. We have nine matches left and tough games as we have to play PSG, OL and OM. Alassane stuck away his chances and a quadruple is rare in a player's career.
Saturday, 10 March, 2018
Paris Saint-Germain 5-0 FC Metz
Unai Emery (PSG coach): "This allows us to turn the page [PSG were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid last Tuesday]. We kept our level up here and created a lot of chances. Christopher Nkunku [who scored twice] is working very hard in training. The best was for him to progress is by playing. We're happy with him. To help the club, it's important to give the young players playing time. This was an important win for the team, and for the fans."
Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): "We played well at first but Paris scored with their first two chances of the game. We abandoned our gameplan after that. It was better in the second half but it was disappointing that we had so much to fix by then. It would have been interesting to see how the game would have gone if we'd scored in the first 20 minutes. There is no comparison between their talent and ours. Paris are extraordinary in this league. We still have nine games left.
Girondins de Bordeaux 0-0 Angers SCO
Gustavo Poyet (Bordeaux coach): "We started playing at 9pm but it kicked off at 8pm! We have a mental problem; too many individuals. We need to get them pulling in the same direction. You can't change coach every four games. We'll keep working. It'll be difficult if we keep dropping points like today. Malcom must be allowed to be in a position to make a difference. He needs to touch the ball more, but we don't have a problem. I'll keep trying to find a solution with him."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We played well in the first half and should have scored. We should have won this game. We conceded very few chances. Tactically it was a good match for us. It's still a good point given the situation we're in. It was important not to lose."
Dijon FCO 1-1 Amiens SC
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It was a difficult match against a good opponent. We were able to equalise, but we could have had a second. We were soft in the first 45 minutes. There was no rhythm. Then the team reacted, thanks to the individual talent of Wesley Saïd, who equalised. We're still playing for survival. There was a lot in the press recently about us pushing for Europe and I felt it distracted the players."
Christophe Pélissier (Amiens coach): "It's obviously a good point, because we know how difficult it is to get a result in Dijon. We might have been able to kill the game in the first half. It hurt losing our captain, Prince Gouano [Gouano made way for Serge Gakpé on 28 minutes due to injury]. We'll fight till the very end for our survival. Mentally, the team is strong. We're still alive with ten games left. That might not have been a safe bet at the start of the season."
LOSC 1-1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "My players didn't deserve that. Our supporters are angry, frustrated, scared of getting relegated to Ligue 2. Nobody spoke in the dressing room. This result affected them because they were leading at half-time. I don't want to give up and neither do the players. We will stay up. It'll be close but we'll do it."
Isaac Mbenza (Montpellier forward): "When you've played for Valenciennes it's your obligation to punish LOSC. I have no problem pushing them as hard as I can. If I play well against LOSC then my friends in Valenciennes are happy!"
FC Nantes 1-0 ESTAC Troyes
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "It was very difficult. The first half was very bad; the second a little better. When we play well, we don't win, so I was sure we would win! The players were determined until the end. We put a lot of crosses in but nobody got on the end of them. It's an important three points for us. I was happy with the performance against Marseille but annoyed at the result [Nantes drew 1-1 with OM last Sunday]. Tonight, I'm happy with the result."
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "I don't know what to say to my players after this. We paid for our inefficiency. It was the same against Strasbourg and Rennes. We have to be better in front of goal. We let Nantes off the hook. Our fortunes have to change soon."
Stade Rennais FC 1-1 AS Saint-Etienne
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "It was a good match. We started well and created good chances. We deserved to stay in the game. I enjoyed the second half. We married discipline and madness, took risks, went looking for an equaliser. It was slow to come but fortunately it did. This could prove to be an important point for us at the end of the season."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "It would have been better to win 2-0. But if you don't punish your opponent when you have the chance, this can happen. They got an equaliser three minutes from the end. However, we played a team in great shape, who are fifth in the table. Everyone is fighting for Europe or survival. Every game is fierce. I can't reproach my players. Their mentality is excellent."
Friday, 9 March, 2018
RC Strasbourg Alsace 1-3 AS Monaco
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "I saw a team that did all it could to create chances, play well on a difficult pitch. In spite of them opening the scoring, we got back into it, but after we equalised, we slackened off a bit, as usual. We can't do more going forward, but we can do better at the back. Monaco didn't have a lot of chances, and I admire their ability to take the ones they create. We lacked rigour and it's annoying, because the second half was very good. I have a team that works, the boys give the best of themselves. Monaco are very quick, and sometimes we couldn't keep up with that. I'm not looking for excuses. We played how we wanted to play, I was sometimes even surprised by how we played. I take my hat off to the boys, I'm disappointed for them. It's annoying and frustrating."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "It's a good win on a very difficult pitch. We were very clinical in the first half and in the second, we tried to keep our shape, because our opponents took advantage of the state of the pitch to play a more direct game. I think it's a deserved win. Strasbourg caused us problems and it's not easy for a team that likes to play football to defend against direct play. But we defended well in the second half, because we didn't want to concede a second goal. In spite of the equaliser, we reacted very quickly, that's good. When you win, you're happy, you have the weekend to recover. Our rivals can drop points, but the most important thing is our game. We have to pick up three points regardless of what the others do."