Week 32 reactions - Emery: 'Did the job'
Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery underlined the importance of his side's 4-0 win over Guingamp in keeping title hopes alive; opposite number Antoine Kombouaré rued the errors that followed an excellent first-half performance.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 EA Guingamp
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "At half-time, we discussed how to improve things, to better use the space left by our opponents and get more bodies into the opposition penalty box. The first goal was the key. It saw us grow in confidence. In the second half, the team did the job. After Monaco and Nice had won, it was important to win tonight."
Antoine Kombouaré (EA Guingamp coach): "The second goal really hurt us. We needed to keep playing the way we did in the first half in order to pose them problems. But we made too many errors and it cost us dearly. We really copped it in the second half. PSG were much tougher and more patient than they were when we beat them 2-1 in our first meeting this season. Cavani is mentally very tough, because even if he misses two or three chances, he keeps going and in the end he is rewarded for his efforts."
Toulouse FC 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "Each team had their half in terms of dominance. I'm disappointed, football counts only when you win. We lacked a finishing touch in front of goal in the first half, because if we had gone in front, it wouldn't have been the same match. The two goalkeepers were very good, but if our finishing had been a bit better, Pelé would have had to pick the ball out his net at least once if not more than once. This evening, we have 41 points, which is more than we had at the end of last season."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It's a fair result, I think. The first half was for TFC, the second for us. What is certain is that it's the "best" of our draws, because we took control of the second half, we could have won. We tried less to mix it physically, even if we didn't manage. It's a point that means we stay alive in the race for Europe, even if we have lost our fifth place."
AS Saint-Etienne 1-1 FC Nantes
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "We knew we were going to face a team that's in good shape physically and on a good run. We had the match we had been expecting. In the first half, we didn't respond to our opponents even if we were unlucky with Robert Beric's header off the post. We weren't able to take the chances we had due to a lack of luck and some poor finishing. Nantes were good in the first half. We won the second. The players dug in for the draw. They battled right to the end to try and win it in the final minutes by exploiting Nantes' counter-attacks. I don't know if the result is fair. We could have scored more than one goal, but we weren't able to."
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "We deserved all three points. We played against a good Saint-Etienne team which battles for Europe each season. We showed some good things. We had some goal situations, but so did Saint-Etienne. It's a good sign we're disappointed. We have character and we play well. It's a sign of good health. It's not that I don't want to talk about Europe, but it's not a win or a defeat that is going to change my way of thinking. I'm focussed on every training session to improve the things that need improving. I'm a perfectionist."
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Girondins de Bordeaux 3-0 FC Metz
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We showed a real reaction after the Nice game in terms of our efficiency. We also showed a good reaction after our defeat to Angers where were didn't battle enough. The response this evening was to refind a clinical streak by being very intense, sparkling, we needed that to take control of the game. We can be criticised in the first half for not being ruthless enough, but Didillon made some great stops and we hit the bar too. What made the difference was that we scored a second early in the second half. We know what's coming, we have six matches left. We know the consequences in the league table of his win, but I don't want to focus on our rivals. We're constantly improving."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "We played to Bordeaux's strengths, so that made things difficult. We did what we had not to do, we gave away possession, got caught on the counter-attack by a more dynamic team than us and by one that is in form in the second half of the season. We gave them the second goal, we gave them the third, and that hurts a bit. We created chances at 3-0 when we decided to play a bit and our opponents had stepped off a bit…We weren't very organised, the team didn't have a lot of energy. Since we beat Bastia three weeks ago, everyone said we were safe because we have 35 points. It's very good, but on 35 points, we're not safe. We have a little bit of an advance, but we're not safe."
Olympique Lyonnais 1-4 FC Lorient
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "What comes to mind first is a feeling of shame because of the second half that we produced in front of our fans. I don't dare think that some people had their minds on the match with Besiktas. The first half was good with a goal and chances to build on our lead, but the second period was not worthy. We gave up. I saw abnormal behaviour. We lacked respect for the institution."
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "We knew we would have a lot of chances, even if we fell behind in the first half. We had chances, but we weren't able to deal with the situations well. The equaliser gave us confidence with a very nice goal from Majeed [Waris]. We played a very good second half and Benjamin Lecomte was decisive. We felt solid. We give off a different attitude. What's encouraging is the pressing we did to try and get the third goal. The team had the desire to score a third goal. I enjoyed dealing with the squad as I have in recent matches. We have to stay measured in victory as well as in defeat."
Angers SCO 0-1 AS Monaco
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "In general, when there are regrets in football, it's not a good sign. If we have regrets against Monaco, it's because we played a really good game. But there are things in football which mean you can pull off a surprise or not. We gave ourselves the chance to do that, but you need to be clinical and be a bit lucky. And I think that we had neither one nor the other. We saw a SCO team that pushed Monaco and honestly, in the league I don't remember them being pushed as much. That is rather pleasing. In the 83rd-minute, we hit the post and that sums up the game pretty much. I think that, being objective, they had the luck of champions."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Playing away from home is always difficult in France, but to play in Angers is even more difficult. It's not by chance that last year we lost 3-0. This year, I think that we paid more attention to our opponents' strengths, the capacity to win tackles, the ability to make transitions very quickly. We tried to play, but it's difficult because we were up against a quality side, very well organised with a very clear style. I think that we had three or four good opportunities with some great saves by the goalkeeper. Angers could have scored too and hit the post, but after 90 minutes, I think a one-goal win is fair."
AS Nancy Lorraine 3-0 Stade Rennais FC
Vincent Hognon (Nancy assistant coach): "We have never given up and have a real desire to get ourselves out of it. We can't worry about the results of the other teams. For us to get out of this, we have to pick up points, that's essential. It was also vital for us to stop our bad run."
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "Our start was rather good in terms of how we occupied space on the pitch, the way we held on to the ball, but from the first time they accelerated, we conceded a goal. We were caught out for speed throughout the game. We can't hide, it's a worrying scenario and will inevitably lead to a lot of thought before training starts again. I'm not surprised by Nancy's display. It's the response that we gave that worries me, raises questions. We have to give ourselves ambitions for the end of the season, but as we're coming off a match like this, you have to wonder about the team's potential."
Dijon FCO 1-2 SC Bastia
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "Perhaps the stakes weighed too heavily and the boys are not in such great form right now and aren't able to weigh in as much. My team were too imprecise and didn't think enough about things. But we're not doomed yet."
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "I'm very happy, because it's an important victory. But our top-flight survival will no doubt be played out on the last day at Marseille. I would like it to be before that, but things are so tight at the bottom of the table."
SM Caen 0-2 Montpellier Hérault SC
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We need to make sure that we change things. The cushion of a handful of points that we have is not going to be enough for very much longer. I'm disappointed, but not beaten. I'm far from thinking that it's over."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "What I'm delighted with is to have defended well. It'd had been a long time since we had kept a clean sheet. It's great for us to have taken points off a rival in the scrap to stay up."
Friday, April 7, 2017
LOSC 1 - 2 OGC Nice
Franck Passi (Lille coach): "This latest defeat at home sticks in my throat a bit. We started playing in the 45th minute, which was a bit late. We try to play the same way whether we are at home or away, but it is true that at home there is more of an onus on us to play. But here we left the ball to them. We were also too wasteful and in easy situations, where there was no pressure on us, they were able to win the ball back. When Enyeama palmed the ball into the path of Balotelli, he scored, and when Cardinale did something similar at the other end we were not able to take advantage."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We are not going to give up. We will keep taking things one game at a time. We controlled the game well in the first half. In the second half they were quicker in their pressing and we struggled to come out with the ball. The goal we conceded was avoidable, as was the corner leading up to it. We have changed our system, and switching to a 4-2-3-1 takes time, but we are also capable of reverting to a 4-3-3 tomorrow."