Week 30 reactions - Garde: 'Analyse the situation'
Lyon boss Rémi Garde preferred analysis to anger after slipping to third place with the 2-1 loss to Sochaux; OM coach Elie Baup was delighted with the commitment shown by his players in the 1-0 win at Nice.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Olympique Lyonnais 1 - 2 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
Rémi Garde (Lyon coach): "It's disappointing to have dropped points - all three points. I can't get angry every week, you have to be able to analyse the situation. As much as I think we deserved the hiding we got in Bastia (4-1, Week 29), I think the result tonight was a bit severe; I think the team showed a lot of promise. We were unlucky, hitting the bar and the posts; we lacked that bit of luck with our finishing. I don't want to tear strips off my team, we're going through a tough stretch. Tonight, we responded well in many areas but we weren't rewarded. We need to keep plugging away, stick together and get as many points as we can in the last eight matches of the season."
Eric Hély (Sochaux coach): "We struggled in the beginning as we committed too many errors under the pressure of OL's pressing game. Slowly but surely, we got into the match and created a couple of promising situations. In the second half, we kept defending well and managed to snatch the win. I asked the lads to put the hearts into the game, because when you do that and play as a team, you can make your own luck. We need to stay focused and work hard for what's to come. Perhaps against the bigger teams we have to defend more, but I think that also, at certain moments, it's easier to score goals. We came to Lyon hoping for the best possible result. People said we could win it, but all we had was hope. But we managed to take the opportunity with one of our chances at the end. You could see we were sticking together to hold onto the result - sure, we enjoyed a little bit of luck, but that's part of the game."
OGC Nice 0 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "We never accept losing, especially in a match in which we played pretty well. We didn't allow them many clear chances and it's tough losing a match you've put so much desire into. Against a defensive block that sat deep we showed up well. We conceded from a set-piece when we weren't in any great danger. We should at least have managed a draw in this game. I hope my players won't be too affected by this match after putting in a good performance."
Elie Baup (Marseille coach): "It was a difficult match. We could have scored a second goal to make the points safe as it wasn't easy to resist the Nice push. I know my side, which has a lot of qualities. People often point the finger at us and say our play isn't always perfect. We've still got eight matches to play and we'll have to fight until the end. There'll be tense matches like this one and we'll need to keep fighting. Beating a direct rival like Nice wasn't easy but it was necessary. We defended well in order to hold on to our advantage. We rediscovered our defensive solidity, especially from set-pieces and that augurs well for the remaining matches."
Stade Brestois 29 1 - 2 LOSC Lille
Landry Chauvin (Brest coach): "We knew that Lille would be able to control the ball better than us. The disappointing thing was to have conceded the equaliser from a set-piece as it's a recurring problem and one we need to rectify. Their substitute made the difference. My team didn't look like a team resigned to their fate, far from it. The players are working hard and will fight until the last minute of the last game. Things will become clearer after we've played Reims in a fortnight and we have to hang in there."
Rudi Garcia (Lille): "The result brings us back to within a point of fourth place. We controlled the game and scored a well-constructed second goal. The difference, like against Valenciennes, was made by our subs and it's good for Nolan. He added something, whether it was in terms of flick-ons, back to goal or with his finishing. Our objective is to qualify for Europe and get involved in the final sprint. We have to be able to make the most of hosting Lorient and Marseille in order to qualify for Europe as for the moment we're not in a European position."
Saturday, March 30, 2013
ESTAC Troyes 2 - 2 AS Saint-Etienne
Jean-Marc Furlan (Troyes coach): "The positive point is that we continued on our positive dynamic in 2013. In other corcumstances, the draw might have been considered a very good performance against opponents of this calibre, with their big budget and well stocked squad. But tonight, we needed more: the win. We started slowly then got into the match, but conceded too early, which made things complicated. In the second half, it could have gone either way."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "We clearly missed a chance to take all three points tonight. We were fortunate enough to lead twice in this match, but we could neither hang onto the result, nor kill the match off. Our defensive work was sub-par, which is the mark of a side that is still a few steps away from the higest level. It's great to want to score goals, to play good football, but when you're in front, the most important thing is to secure your lead. It's really infuriating. We didn't need to do better; we needed to do more."
AC Ajaccio 2 - 3 Toulouse FC
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "I think we constructed the win well. In the first half, we were on the front foot and it was a bit frustrating to go into the break with the score still 0-0, because we deserved better. We dominated. After the break, we lacked a bit of control faced with Ajaccio's very direct play, but overall I think it's a deserved win. We broke the 40-point barrier and now we'll try to finish as high up as we can and make the most of the ambitions we began the season with."
Alain Orsoni (Ajaccio president): "There isn't much to say tonight; we weren't up to the task. I think we got a bit complacent and thought that we had already assured our Ligue 1 survival. On the contrary, we still need nine points, and as long as that remains the case, we'll be under threat of relegation. Whether the penalty was a good call or not, it doesn't explain how the players behaved. Ajaccio are the only ones responsible for the defeat tonight. Now we'll knuckle down and work our fingers to the bone to get the most out of the rest of the season."
Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - 1 FC Lorient
Francis Gillot (Bordeaux coach): "In the first half, we had no trouble bearing down on their goal and our play was pretty good to watch, but we lacked the final killer ball and the clinical finishing. Unfortunately, we conceded against the run of play. We were better in the second half; we hit back and got back into the game. But overall, we're a bit disappointed with the draw after having chances to win it. If we don't win matches, we can't hope for much this season. We need to have more of a killer instinct and live up to our ambitions. If we can't find this aggressive mentality, we can't hope to make up ground on the top four. We're a long way off."
Christian Gourcuff (Lorient coach): "We're disappointed with how things went because threw away our lead, but we're also disappointed with the way we played. Had we controlled the ball better, we could have hoped for more. Bordeaux pegged us back, and if you can't control the ball, it's very tough to get out of your own half. The draw is not an undeserved result; it's a point and we'll take it, but I hope we turn in some more accomplished performances before the end of the season."
Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC 2 - 2 Stade de Reims
Hubert Fournier (Reims coach): "There are mixed feelings tonight, because dropping two pointsi n the final minutes is always frustrating. The send-off changed things for us and we were forced to weather a storm. The match turned when Evian pulled one back after we made a small mistake. It's a shame because these points were precious, especially in a situation like ours. So we're frustrated, but still the lads showed incredible mental strength tonight. We needed a result tonight, and we got one, but two more points would have been better. We'll keep on our merry little way with the visit of Lyon next week, which will of course be another story entirely."
Pascal Dupraz (Evian coach): "We managed to draw level at the very minute, but I'm not satisfied with our overall performance, especially our defensive base, which lacked a lot tonight. You can't hope to win matches if you don't start with a strong defence, and if you gift goals to your opponents. A man up, we should have run away with it, because we created a lot of chances. But we lacked the finishing and Reims deserve their point even though I think they were pretty lucky. I would have preferred Reims not ot have had a man sent off, because it would have been a different match and I'm convinced we would have won it. Still, with eight points in our last four matches, we're not doing too badly. If we can do the same in our next four, then the end of the season won't be too stressful."
Stade Rennais FC 0 - 2 AS Nancy Lorraine
Patrick Gabriel (Nancy coach): "The three points take us a step closer to survival, and no we're hoping that Sunday's result go our way. We still have a 98 per cent chance of being relegated, according to the stats from January 11. My lads had a huge match, and over and above the result, it's the fighting spirit the lads showed that's very important here. We had to fight for the result, because there were some hairy moments in the game, but we hung in there. It's our second clean sheet in a row, which is also super-important. The team showed courage, and we had that crucial little bit of luck as well."
Frédéric Antonetti (Rennes coach): "I often defend my players, but tonight the whistles from the crowd were justified. It's not even worth talking about how we played. Some might mention that we had some chances, but I was struck much harder by our lack of determination. When you don't have it, even if you dominate possession, football makes you pay. March has been a disaster for us. I can't defend my players, but I can say that we are all responsible, and me most of all. Tonight, we weren't prepared psychologically and you can say that that's my job. We're going through a tough spot right now, and we need to hunker down."
Valenciennes FC 3 - 4 SC Bastia
Frédéric Hantz (Bastia coach): "We all wanted this third away win - we had to get it to be able to beat the drop - but it's not enough on its own. We came looking to attack and there were a lot of goals. We put Valenciennes under pressure - we knew that they were going though a tough spot, and we made the most of their self-doubt. There were lots of positives tonight and it's true that mentally, we're in very good shape. Valenciennes are in a bit of a trough, and this hindered the fluidity in their game. We could feel it, and it helped us to stay in the game even when we fell behind."
Daniel Sanchez (Valenciennes coach): "Our first half was good but then we conceded at the beginning of the second term, which allowed doubt to creep in. We stopped playing our game, we couldn't pass the ball and we were really under the pump. Tonight we saw the huge difference between a side who are confident and a side who aren't. What really bothered me, though, was that after a certain point I felt that the players gave up. In tough moments like these, you just need to roll up your sleeves and work through it. We need to do what we can to hold onto our place on the table and collect the points to ensure our survival. Given how we played in the second half, we can't really be talking about anything other than beating the drop."
Friday, March 29, 2013
Paris Saint-Germain 1 - 0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Carlo Ancelotti (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It's never easy to prepare for a game which takes place just before a Champions League fixture. We showed a good mental attitude. We took three very important points in terms of the table and also to prepare for Tuesday's match against Barcelona with a good atmosphere around the place. It was a good performance. Gameiro showed he's focused just like all the others. Maybe I should give him more game time. He scored an important goal and not for the first time. Beckham brought his experience and his passing quality. Verratti had worked hard and Beckham's freshness did us some good."
David Beckham (Paris Saint-Germain midfielder): "Physically I feel great. I've done everything to stay in shape. I'm delighted to be in Paris, the most beautiful city in the world. The club treat me like I've been here for 10 years. At my age you have to take it season by season. I've got a lot of respect for Carlo Ancelotti but also for Leonardo and the club president. We'll see at the end of the season."
René Girard (Montpellier coach): "We played to our strengths and gave it our all, fighting for everything. We conceded after a mistake in midfield. I'm very pleased with the way the lads played and we caused problems for PSG. We didn't win but we played well. I think there was the possibility there for us to win but I also sensed they had a chance of winning. You mustn't make a mistake against this sort of team and we made one."