Week 36 reactions
Olympique de Marseille coach Rudi Garcia was delighted to see his side stand up to Nice; Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said the three points at Nancy moved the club a step closer to their objective.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Olympique de Marseille 2-1 OGC Nice
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "Hats off to Nice as they play coherent passing football. OM were up to the level of our rivals this evening. We moved up to fifth place and now we know the match at Bordeaux will be decisive. We put in some superb sequences, even if they had plenty of the ball at the start. We hadn't beaten a top four team and now it's done. Above and beyond the win, seeing the Vélodrome full proves that football in Marseille in something else."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "There were chances for both sides and it was good for the fans, though not necessarily for a coach. Overall we didn't play a top-level match as we left too much space and we were missing too many elements. You could tell we felt we'd fulfilled our objectives and that it was impossible to reach others. That's not an excuse. We weren't compact enough and not good enough in winning the ball back."
Olympique Lyonnais 3-2 FC Nantes
Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "We expected a difficult game against an opponent that had lost just once away from home since Sergio Conceiçao had taken over. We were able to show character even if in terms of quality we have to do better. Fourth place is almost assured even if Marseille can still worry us. We have done our job with two games left. It was our objective for the end of the season as we could no longer finish in the top three."
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "We were motivated, even though we're in a good position in the table. It's a shame we conceded from set-pieces against a team that's difficult to play at home. It was a good match to prepare for the UEFA Europa League for Lyon, who suffered today. I hope OL are also going to suffer against Ajax. I hope they'll go through as that would be good for French football."
Stade Rennais FC 1-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "It was a difficult game. Our first half was a timid one, because we couldn't get the ball moving, we passed it too slowly, and we struggled to create chances and we tired ourselves out. We finished on our knees because we had nothing left to give. We stayed quite well organised. We needed to control things better, but control comes from the ability to play the ball quickly and be mobile. We're going to settle for the three points, we can't be criticised for not winning."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "We had a strategy, we needed a point. We defended very well, we hoped to have some counter-attacks, but unfortunately the week's work was ruined by one mistake. Rennes had two chances that we gave them, which is very frustrating. We played cautiously, we handled things well, and they never got us out of position. If we had come away with a 0-0, the dressing-room would have been singing. We're in a better position than the five teams behind us, but we still have to be careful because anything can happen in football."
Saturday, May 6, 2017
AS Nancy Lorraine 0-3 AS Monaco
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "We need to recover from this defeat and work hard during the week because we now have a final to play against Dijon. We'll be playing our entire season on one match, with all the risks that entails. Given our season, we're lucky to have that opportunity. We'll need to be more focused and play in a conquering style. If we want to stay alive then that means getting a result over there."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We played in a serious manner and everybody applied themselves as they all knew the importance of this game. We're very happy with the three points that have moved us a bit closer to our objective. Nothing has been decided yet and it's not over. We need to keep this attitude and carry it over into the three league games we have left. This was a big result for us, on a synthetic pitch three days after playing in the Champions League."
Paris Saint-Germain 5 - 0 SC Bastia
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We fulfilled the objective we spoke about in the dressing room. At home we have the responsibility to play well and be competitive for 90 minutes. The team played well from a collective standpoint and we can still catch Monaco. It will be difficult, but as long as it's possible, we'll keep going. After the loss at Nice, the team lifted itself and got back to work. We won the game and that ensured we still have a small chance."
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "I'd like to congratulate Paris as they deserved their win. We conceded five goals and I think we could have avoided conceding the last of them. It's been a difficult season for us but we're going to stay upright and keep focused. It's still possible we can fulfill our objective of staying in Ligue 1. We need to take as many points as possible, but we'll need a little bit of luck along the way."
Toulouse FC 0-1 SM Caen
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "It's always my fault when we lose and I know that. I don't like losing and at the moment we're losing a lot. Some of our fans booed us and I understand why they did that. We're not civil servants and we have to do better than that. The youngsters need to learn their jobs quicker than they are at the moment."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "The win did a lot of good for everybody. We hadn't won for ages and here the lads put together a really good performance. We needed to be strong and work for each other. I hope it will give the squad a lift as the work's not over yet. We've still got two matches left to play. Rennes at home is huge. If that goes well then maybe we'll be safe. If not, then we'll have to go to PSG to get something on the last day."
EA Guingamp 4 - 0 Dijon FCO
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "I'm proud. There were doubts after three straight losses in all competitions. We lacked luck against both Saint-Etienne and Lille, while tonight we enjoyed some. We were determined and showed strength of character. Our front three played really well. Our captain Jimmy Briand is getting better with age and there's a good chance he'll extend his deal for next season. I'm talking about that because it's on the right road. That's great because it means he's our first signing."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "We started really badly, we didn't compete physically or get into position defensively. We paid for it and at the end of the game we were made to look ridiculous. There was one team out there that played good football and the other that didn't respect the plan. I'm expecting a big reaction from the squad in the last two matches. It was inadmissible to play like that in a game at this time of the season. In this team there are some lads who aren't professional, who don't know what professionalism means."
FC Lorient 1-1 Angers SCO
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "We would have preferred to have won. The way we played, we could have won. We were up against a good side. We were patient and it paid off as we opened the score. After they equalised we got going again and pushed until the last minute. We gave absolutely everything and we need to play that well again, if not even better."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It's a relief to be safe from relegation. It was our objective from the opening day of the season. Now that we have reached the target it is liberating. It shows how much the players wanted to finish off the job. It wasn't our best performance of the season but I'm delighted for Vincent Manceau. He's a child of the club and his first Ligue 1 club ensured our survival."
LOSC 0 - 2 FC Metz
Franck Passi (Lille coach): "I didn't enjoy it either. Metz left a trap dangling and we fell right into it. Above all, we lacked simplicity in everything we attempted to do. The first goal was very important. Metz continued to shut down the space and play on the counter. We are all at fault this evening."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "We weren't as strong as Dijon and Nancy last season, so we're proud to finish in front of them this season for my first full season as coach. We managed to keep our heads up after the firecrackers affair during the match against Lyon. We bounced back and it's deserved. We managed to build something with Diabaté joining. In general we have always scored in games."
Friday, May 5, 2017
AS Saint-Etienne 2 - 2 Girondins de Bordeaux
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It is a bad outcome. The season is not finished because we have interesting matches to come against PSG, Monaco and Nancy. Europe is finished though. To have any chance we needed to win. We didn't get the breaks. The players deserved much better. We came up against a side who are having a very good season and who deserve to get into Europe. We put in a great effort to reach the objective of qualifying for Europe for a fifth consecutive year. This was our 50th match. We have dropped a lot of points at home. It is a shame. We need to ensure we stay as high up the table as possible because there is a financial value to that."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "This result suits us, a bit. A point was the minimum we wanted here. It leaves Saint-Etienne, who had to win, behind. That's two straight draws away from home. It is a shame to go in front twice away from home and be pegged back both times. We had to hang on with 10 men at the end after the sending-off of Nicolas Pallois but overall it is a positive result for us, even if in terms of the performance we can do much better. Now we have Marseille at the Matmut Atlantique in what will be a final."