Week 30 reactions - Emery: 'Still fighting'
Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery felt his side turned the page on defeat to Barcelona by claiming a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Lyon, whose coach Bruno Genesio felt a top-three finish is slipping away.
Sunday, 19 March, 2017
Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "Every home match is special and we always want to win for our supporters. After a tough start, when Lyon pushed hard and got the opening goal, we fought back well and went in search of the win, against a form side. Monaco are setting a very strong pace at the top of the standings, so it was important to win. We are still fighting in Ligue 1, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France. Since the winter break, we have won 16 of 19 matches, drawn two and lost one, against Barcelona. But we will talk about that match all season. We have shown that that was just an accident and that the team is playing well."
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "We started the match really well, but then we forgot our fundamentals when we lost the all - fundamentals that are crucial if you want to succeed at the highest level. This allowed a very good Paris side get back into the match. We needed to get a result here to keep our hopes of a top-three finish alive. Sure, it's still possible, but it's getting tougher and tougher. We shot ourselves in the foot tonight; it's a shame that we didn't exploit Paris' poor start and kill the match off after the first goal."
SM Caen 0-3 AS Monaco
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We started well, up to the first goal I thought we weren't too bad. But Monaco were stronger in every area. What I regret a little is that we let them play the game they wanted to play. What I said to the players at the break was that we still had possibilities, but that we needed a little more spark. We didn't do that, we didn't play as well as we had against Nice, and against a team like that, you don't get away with it. There was a phenomenon up front who killed us all on his own. We knew that it was going to be very difficult. To do something against a team like that, you have to put in a great performance as we had done against Lyon, and have a little bit of luck. Today, we didn't have that, and so we were beaten by a very, very good team."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "I think we played well, against a good team, even though they're not in a very good position this season. But I think Monaco were stronger, and tried to win from the off, to press, and play a good first half. I think we could have ended the first half with more than one goal. We were even stronger in the second half, and after we went 2-0 up, our opponents reacted, but we managed to rebalance the team by bringing on Bakayoko. We played more on the counter-attack in the last 15 minutes, and scored the third goal. I think we deserved the win."
Dijon FCO 0-1 AS Saint-Etienne
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It's bad on every front, whether it be the result or the way it happened. The first half was very disappointing. We have a lot of regrets about the goal we conceded. We got pushed around by Saint-Étienne. We always want to play with power when sometimes you have to play differently. Our movement going forward isn't good enough. There is also a lack of understanding that we haven't been able to find. We're coming to the run-in and we need to stand up and be counted. It's not the moment to be afraid. I sense that we're timid. Lorient have kickstarted themselves by winning at Nancy, and it changes things in the race for survival, which will be very tight. I'm complaining because we have different qualities than what we showed today."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Étienne coach): "The squad was rewarded for the effort they have put in in recent weeks. The players were exemplary in a match that we had expected to be difficult. They all are. We were in a period in which we hadn't been able to win, and it makes us savour this win all the more. We made the game more difficult. This win arrives before a three-week break for us. After that, we'll have games against opponents from the top half of the table. We'll see where we are after that."
Saturday, 18 March, 2017
Toulouse FC 0-0 Stade Rennais FC
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We were frustrated not to score before the 61st minute [when Alexis Blin was sent off], happy with the point after it. I'm torn. We need more spontaneity. There were some chances, they could even have been some good ones, but we tried a little bit too hard to find the best position to shoot. Once again, the set-pieces were good, we didn't suffer too much. We lacked creativity. The boys, who are all lovely, need a little more madness."
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "We're building, we're not losing a lot. If we didn't win, it's because there are things to improve, we're not hiding that. We need to be more clincial with the chances we create, and also to create more chances given the way we dominate games at times. That's where we have to improve. It's linked to the squad, the plyers who are coming back from injury. We can hope in the coming weeks we'll be sharper. We've got injuries too. Ludovic Baal had to come off after a promising first few minutes, which left the team a bit unbalanced. If we had scored in the 90th-minute and won 1-0, we would have looked at it differently."
AS Nancy Lorraine 2-3 FC Lorient
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "We lacked some major things in the second half to ensure we had the game in hand. We lacked the humility to acknowledge we're a small team. The league table always gives you a certain reflection of the truth, and today my team lacked humility because they thought that without aggression, they could play a game of football. There were some unforgiveable mistakes at this level. If we don't accept our level, then we'll not get through this. You don't become a Ligue 1 player by clicking your fingers."
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "A lot people had written us off, even though there is still a lot of life in us, a lot of hope. The first half was catastrophic and we weren't looking good at the break. The hardest part was to get back into it. We managed to do that and then to equalise. Lecomte kept us in the game and then distributed the ball superbly at the end. It's a super scenario. It shows that we are always switched on mentally and we're capable of doing things…It's just a step, there are eight left."
Angers SCO 3-0 EA Guingamp
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "You have to recognise the worth of this Guingamp team, one of the rare ones to have caused us so many problems recently. We had the necessary luck not to go in at half-time behind. We defended too deeply, there was too much space between the lines, and we put that right at the break. I was convinced we were capable of doing better, and the players showed that in the second half. Our three goals were magnificent. We could have scored more, even if the scoreline is harsh on Guingamp. A little bit like for us against Marseille last week. We have taken another step, we're not far from having a second foot in Ligue 1."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We weren't clinical. Our first half looked good, all that was lacking was a goal or even goals because we had a lot of chances. Angers came back out with something different, pressing high and we weren't able to get the ball out. They opened the scoring and then took advantage of the space to score the second and third. We weren't able to fight back, to go forward. It's not only our fault: Angers' produced a remarkable second half."
Girondins de Bordeaux 5-1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "It's a good win, with goals. We didn't start either half well, but we were clinical in the rest of the match. We defended well together and didn't become disorganised when things got a little more difficult, just as we had done against Lyon and Monaco. We were very effective, using our strengths. The scoreline looks harsh on Montpellier because they caused us problems too. We exploited their small lapses."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "It's hard to say we played well when we lost 5-1. We gifted them goals, and in the space of seven minutes undid all the good things we had done in the first 30. We made too many technical errors to be able to compete in a Ligue 1 game. I'm worried. To lose at Bordeaux is one thing you can understand, but losing by giving away the game is something that worries me a bit more. I want to think about some problems. If the players weren't committed, we wouldn't have played as we did in the second half. There was pride. We got back into it thanks to the penalty. We would have liked to have scored a second…We have to feel ashamed. I hope this slap in the face will serve as a good lesson for the future. We need a big reaction."
FC Nantes 1-1 OGC Nice
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "It was a difficult match against a quality team, whose play is difficult to counter. We were really disciplined. They had one shot on target, one goal, they were very clinical today. We played really well, with intensity, with rhythm, we knew we could trouble them. We'll have to go and get the points in other games showing the same spirit, attitude and physicality. Each player played every moment of the game as if it were the last, and that is magnificent."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It's a good point. It was a very difficult game. We expected that against a team that is playing very well, with a lot of commitment, a lot of rhythm, which has a lot of power up front, both on the wings and through the middle…They like to go deep and play quickly, sometimes one touch…It was very difficult, especially at the start. After that, we handled it better. We scored a great goal to equalise. It's always difficult before an international break, there's a little drop-off in concentration from every team, but we got a point and I think it's a good point."
Friday, 17 March, 2017
LOSC 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
Franck Passi (LOSC coach): "I have to congratulate the players. They stuck to the strategy that we had put in place. They were very well organised in order to snuff out our opponents' attacking strengths. It's only a point, but I think it's a good point. The players are improving, gaining in confidence, and they played well so I think it's good for the future…The improvement is promising. We haven't lost in four games, so we have to keep going and pick up at least eight points to ensure we stay up…I have a lot of friends at OM, but when I play a football match, I play with the shirt of the club I'm with, and that's the one of LOSC."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It wasn't a great game. There were very few chances. The two teams defended well and attacked badly…I must congratulate the players on their defensive work. We have to highlight the positives, such as not conceding a goal and picking up an away point. We were solid, combative, well organised. The big concern was the use of the ball. When we had it, we didn't do anything with it, and it's difficult to get a win in those conditions…Emotionally it was special, because I have shared some great times with the fans here. I'm not worried about LOSC. They'll stay up and I wish them a good end to the season."
FC Metz 1-0 SC Bastia
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "The aim was to get back to winning ways at Saint-Symphorien. We trembled right to the end…We played well in the first half, and might have led at the break. I thought we dictated the tempo for half-an-hour. We saw in the second-half that you have to stay alert against Bastia. They have pacy players. They moved the ball well. In the second half, we were torn between the desire to score a second goal, sometimes we weren't far off doing that, and not conceding. When you are in two minds like that, it's difficult to have direction."
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "For me, it should have been a draw. We shouldn't concede an own-goal. But the most important thing was the attitude, the character the team showed. We did our best on the pitch. We didn't create a lot of chances, but it was the same for Metz. We had the chance with Marange and a lot of crosses, which was the same as Metz. We have to keep working. We need to improve in different areas, but I think we came close to doing what we wanted to do today."