Week 34 reactions - Vasilyev: 'This team is unstoppable'
AS Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev felt that nothing will stand in the way of his side's claiming the Ligue 1 title following their 2-1 win in Lyon, whose coach Bruno Genesio remained confident of a European finish.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "They deserved the win, even though, in the second half, we posed Monaco more problems. Overall, we were dominated in several areas. They are the best side in the league, along with Paris. We should have done better, especially in the second half. We were too passive in attack and defence and we didn't do enough with the ball. It was an important match for Monaco. We played two intense and emotional hours on Thursday. We have a large squad in terms of quantity and quality and we made the most of that fact. In terms of the table, this wasn't a good result for us. We have our destiny in our own hands and that's the most important thing. We need to battle right to the end as Bordeaux are doing well. But I'm confident."
Vadim Vasilyev (AS Monaco vice-president): "No-one can stop this team, and we're not putting limits on ourselves. The players want to go all the way. This team is unstoppable. We hadn't even thought about the fact that Paris had gone provisionally in front. The title is within our grasp and our destiny is in our own hands, not Paris'. We're not thinking about the others. Kylian Mbappé's leaving the field at the Parc OL to a standing ovation? It says a lot. He's really an extraordinary player. He has incredible talent and he is loved all over France and across Europe, not just in Monaco."
Toulouse FC 1 - 1 OGC Nice
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "Personally I am not satisfied. When we come up against teams of the quality of Nice, we need to be more coherent over the two periods. But we started poorly and were completely inconsistent in midfield in terms of winning the ball back. We sorted that out in the second half and saw a more even game. Our objective is to finish in the top 10 and that is still possible so long as we don't throw points away when they are there for us to take."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It is a shame because our first-half performance was of the very highest level. It was one of the best halves of football I have seen because we outclassed them so we should have scored. We missed opportunites - we should have been 2-0 up at the break. They were a bit more dangerous on the break because we wanted to get the second goal and they have some really great players up front, so the outcome is not illogical. We are doing our best. They are a team who have beaten Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain here. It is not easy to play in Toulouse."
AS Saint-Etienne 1 - 1 Stade Rennais FC
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It was an earnest and combative performance. The lack of fans is always a shame because that's not football. Unfortunately, we didn't manage to take the few chances we created and we couldn't hold onto the lead until the break. The context made the match what it was, with both teams sterile, especially in the second half. The commitment was better than last week at Marseille. Any coach would be happy to have Loïc Perrin back in defence. This time we were a little less open than on previous occasions. Maybe with a little more precision or aggression in the second half we could have been more dangerous."
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "We created chances in the first half but we didn't have control of the game and they made us suffer. After half-time we controlled things much better but didn't pose enough of a threat."
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We're playing really well and Monaco are too. They're a strong side. They play on Sunday and they'll still have a game in hand after that. We need to win our matches and then after that we'll have a look at how Monaco perform. Against Montpellier it was an open match and that's good for football, good for the fans. Both teams wanted to attack. When we led 2-0 we wanted to score a third in order to put a seal on it."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "They controlled the game from a technical standpoint. We would have liked to have made them doubt a bit more with the bits of possession we had. There were strong emotions as it was the first time in my career I had the sensation of playing against 'my' team. I'd coached all 11 starters. I want them to win the title, but it's hard to see Monaco slipping up twice."
LOSC 3-0 EA Guingamp
Franck Passi (Lille coach): "We're happy we were able to offer this win to our fans. They'd been waiting for it since December 10. We managed to take our chances and that allowed us to win the game. We're almost safe now. I would like to congratulate the entire coaching staff and the players. When I arrived we were 18th in the table. Nobody let their heads drop and this is a victory for the entire club."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "I didn't expect this result and I'm not going to hide that from you. We prepared well and thought a positive result would be good before playing Angers in the Coupe de France on Tuesday. We played well but were punished every time they came up against our goalkeeper. We weren't effective enough in the two boxes."
Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 SC Bastia
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We had trouble opening the score. We knew it would be hard. Bastia's spirit is that they never give up. I know that from having played there for two years. We knew that a win would have an impact on the standings, yet the standings are only provisional. We need to keep winning matches. We've won three in a row. Next we go to Dijon who are playing to stay in the league."
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "At this level you pay for your mistakes. We had chances to score before their first goal, but after that we made mistakes. We didn't take the right decisions in the final third. The team's attitude was good, even at ten against 11. Our position is more complicated now as we're now four points behind 18th."
SM Caen 0-2 FC Nantes
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "In the first half you could tell the players were scared. We were useless all over the pitch. We need to give ourselves a chance of picking up points. I thought this match would give us confidence. Our situation is urgent. People might think I'm crazy, but I think we can beat Marseille. To achieve things, you need to believe they can happen."
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "We played well, especially in the first half. They were 45 near perfect minutes. In the second half there was a Caen reaction and that's normal. At the end of the game we could have scored one or two more. We know we're going to stay in Ligue 1 and that was the objective when I arrived. We'll try to stay as high up as possible and finish in the top 10."
Dijon FCO 3-2 Angers SCO
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "We needed the win and this was a match of capital importance. We approached it in the right way and our first-half performance was of high quality. It was harder in the second half and we expected that. The two Angers goals could really have hurt us. We showed our courageous side and didn't panic."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "Our first-half display wasn't like us at all. We lacked discipline for the first 45 minutes. You can't afford to play like that and we know that. The result is fair enough. At half-time the players listened to what I had to say to them. We were punished."
FC Lorient 5-1 FC Metz
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "In the position we're in it is not always easy to stay calm. When they equalised, we were vulnerable again. We soon sorted that out by starting the second half really well. With 34 points, we're not safe. We have to stay humble, whether we win or lose, and as of Monday we need to get our minds on Nantes."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "As at Bordeaux a fortnight ago, we gave our opponents the match at the start of the second half. We've been waiting for a win for a month. We were close to it against Caen and didn't manage it. We were close to it against PSG and it was once centimetre away. We need to be more in the mode 'we're playing to stay up' and not watch our opponents play. We have 36 points and if we don't manage to take four points from our last four games then we don't deserve to stay in Ligue 1."
Friday, April 21, 2017
AS Nancy Lorraine 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "There's no disappointment because we didn't play for a draw. We needed to stay balanced and we tried to win the match with the means at our disposal. We played well in the first half without making the breakthrough. We weren't as good in the second half and things got a bit crazy at times as both sides wanted to win. All points are welcome and this one might count come the end of the season. We showed the image of a team that wants to stay alive."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We dropped two points, especially given the way we played in the second half. In the first half we lost the ball too often and Nancy had the chance to counter. I think we got a bit scared when Maouassa hit the post and it took us time to get over in that. In the second half it was a different story as we were the only team that wanted to win. We can't be satisfied with a draw against the 17th-placed club, but we're still in the hunt for Europe."