Week 31 reactions - Favre: 'Hats off to the lads'
OGC Nice boss Lucien Favre was pleased with how his injury-hit squad executed their game plan in the 2-1 win over Bordeaux that took them a step further to locking down Champions League football next season.
Sunday 2 April, 2017
OGC Nice 2 - 1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): "We played attacking football and they looked to hit on the counter. In the second half, it was they who attacked. Hats off to the lads, because in the first half, we played superbly. We held our own well and had the daring to push forward. We worked on that throughout the week, because we needed to find a way to break down their 4-5-1, which is very tough. Against them, if you lose the ball, it's fatal. It's very dangerous because they have very dangerous players out wide. We still have work to do, but it's positive."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "It's disappointing given the match we played but there's no shame in losing to Nice, who are having a great season and maintain a high level of play despite absences. In the first half, we were on the back foot. Nice played their passing game and we conceded two avoidable goals - one from a penalty and the other from an unbelievable loss of possession. Gaëtan Laborde got us back into the match with a great individual effort. We raised our level after the break but we weren't clinical enough, even though we mixed it well. It showed that we're making progress but it's not enough. We can keep improving."
Stade Rennais FC 1 - 1 Olympique Lyonnais
Christain Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "It was a heroic effort from the players. They played with great intelligence after we went down to ten men. When you have a numerical disadvantage after four minutes, against a team like Lyon - who are great at keeping the ball - it's difficult. It was not the easy situation. We had a different ambition before the game but that changed right away. Morgan Amalfitano's injury is a blow for him and for us in the season run-in."
Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "Given the circumstances we should have taken all three points. This draw feels like a defeat. We lost our way in the final 15 minutes. I don't know why. We made mistakes and lacked concentration, and handed Rennes a way back into the game. The match sums up our season pretty well. It was enough to hold onto fourth place, but there was room for us to win today and push on. On this performance we don't deserve a place on the podium. I'm annoyed, to say the least."
FC Lorient 1 - 0 SM Caen
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "It's a deserved victory. I liked the attitude of my players. We were motivated, but very measured. We were in control. We had a very good start to the game. We had a lot of chances. This might not be reflected by our league position, but even after our sending off we remained calm and organised. We could have scored a second, but we can't complain. The fans also responded. It's important to have them behind us. We're not going to catch fire, but it raises morale."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "In our position we can't play matches like this. I'm angry, very angry. I let the players know that at half-time. The first half was not worthy of a team that wants to survive. We knew how Lorient were going to play. We knew they would be on a high after their win at Nancy. We have a little cushion on the drop zone but if we carry on like this it will disappear quickly. When we have the right state of mind we can do great things, like against Saint-Etienne and Nice, but behaviour like today tires me."
FC Nantes 2 - 1 Angers SCO
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "It was important to pass the 40-point mark. We got the three points but we must keep going. It was a tough game against a defensively well-organised team. It was difficult to create chances in the final third. Angers took control after they scored, which is why I subbed Emiliano Sala out for Sergio Oliveira. We managed to get things under control then. For me, the result is fair. I don't look too hard at the league table. It's really tight. We'll try to finish as high as possible."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We had a bad first half without creating many chances. I don't want to talk about whether or not a goal was off-side. Video replays are a good thing. I like correct decisions. If we can use a tool to give or rule out a goal, then let's do it."
Montpellier Hérault SC 0 - 1 Toulouse FC
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "I'll be reassured the day we have the points to ensure our top-flight status. This game against Toulouse was important. We weren't clinical enough in attack. We had two or three chances. I didn't see anybody give up. Nobody's head went down. We still have a five-point gap on the relegation zone. It is no disaster."
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We're not going to make a meal of it. We're very satisfied to reach a total of 40 points. We must remember that 13 months ago the situation was much worse. This team had to be persuaded that they could survive. We are missing three or four pieces in our team."
Saturday 1 April, 2017
Olympique de Marseille 1 - 1 Dijon FCO
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We didn't turn up. We lacked character. If you only play well for one half in Ligue 1 you cannot win. We didn't deserve it today. If we play like this we'll watch next season's Europa League on TV. Our direct competitors must be laughing. We have to wake up. I'm annoyed because I know what this team is capable of. How can I be lenient when you drop two points against a team fighting for survival? Congratulation to Dijon, though. If they carry on like that they'll get there. I told my players this wasn't a performance worthy of a team that wants to finish fifth. It's a lesson for the guys."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "This draw is almost a victory. All points are important but this one is huge. We showed good attitude, tactical discipline and commitment. We've been working hard and haven't conceded many goals in our last few games. It feels good to have a game like this in Marseille. It would not have been a scandal if we'd won."
SC Bastia 0 - 1 LOSC
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "We can do nothing but move on. Everyone must look forward, with confidence. We must win the three points at Dijon. Every game is important. The mind-set of the players is very important. The fans are an active and important part of the club. I remain focused and confident. The objective is to stay in Ligue 1. I want to tell the fans that I arrive at the training centre at 07:00 every day, and go home at 20:00. I cannot do any more. Of course we're disappointed, but I'm already preparing for the Dijon match. The most important thing is for the players to keep going, and to exercise emotional control."
Franck Passi (LOSC coach): "I'm satisfied with the result because at the moment we have a nine-point cushion on the relegation zone and a positive goal-difference, which is almost like being ten points better off. This result was very important to us. When I first came here we might not have won a game like this one. Now, we are a little calmer."
Friday 31 March, 2017
EA Guingamp 1 - 0 AS Nancy Lorraine
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "The win is the main thing. I saw the faces of the players after the match, they had hoped to do better. It's clear we didn't play well. But you mustn't forget that we've had a difficult 2017. The most important thing is to get to the 40-point mark. It's normal to be disappointed given the performance, but we have to celebrate the win. In a week, we'll have forgotten.
Vincent Hognon (Nancy assistant coach): "Not a lot went for us. We found ourselves reduced to ten as a result of a questionable decision. Nothing went for us, but we're going to fight, we're going to work, and we're going to find solutions. The players were devastated, like after every loss, but not more. We have already turned to the game against Rennes, which will be important like all the games ahead of us. We say to ourselves that we're going to pick up points, we're competitors."
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