Week 37 reactions
Olympique Lyonnais coach Bruno Génésio described seeing his side all but secure second place as "like a dream" while Pascal Dupraz is confident Toulouse FC will now stay up. All the reactions...
Saturday, May 7, 2016
LOSC 0 - 0 EA Guingamp
Frédéric Antonetti (Lille coach): "We can have regrets. We put a lot of heart and desire into the game but we came up against an extremely defensive side and were unable to find the solution. We are assured of sixth place but we will try to get fifth. It is always pleasant to go into the final day of the season with something to play for. But we mustn't forget where we have come from. We were still 15th in mid-March, so what the boys have done is superb and it would only be justice if they managed to get a European place."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "It was a good match - we didn't concede a goal and we got a point. We didn't negotiate the chances we had in attack very well but Lille are a very good team, one of the best in Ligue 1. We have had a convincing second half to the season and we will try to finish well at home against Nice."
Olympique Lyonnais 6 - 1 AS Monaco
Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): "It's like a dream. It is beyond what we hoped. We started brilliantly and that liberated us for the rest of the game. I am calm now because I was very relaxed before the match. I had confidence in my players before the match started. I am proud to have achieved an objective which in January did not look like it was going to be easy. I am also proud of the work done with all my staff and at having given this team a soul again."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "The match had barely started and from their first two attacks they scored two goals. Then came the red card and the match was finished. After that we lost hope. I always said there were two ways of getting to the Champions League - by finishing second but also by finishing third like last year where we failed in the play-offs. It is up to us to maintain the energy needed to hold onto third."
Olympique de Marseille 1 - 0 Stade de Reims
Franck Passi (Marseille interim coach): "It is another small step forward. It could have been a big step had we taken our chances. Unfortunately it is always the case that we have six, seven or eight chances but we score only one goal. We need to win our next match because otherwise we will lose hours if not days trying to lift the players for May 21 (the Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain). We are not conceding goals and we are creating chances but we just need to translate that into goals."
David Guion (Reims interim coach): "We still believe. We need to win on the final day. We know that we can still save our season. Our goalkeeper has lots of experience but an individual error can happen to any great professional. We posed a good few problems to Olympique de Marseille and created the first chances but my regret is that we didn't score."
Montpellier Hérault SC 2 - 0 Stade Rennais FC
Frédéric Hantz (Montpellier coach): "It is never easy but this club has history and potential so it is good to get four consecutive victories. We need the fans to be close to the players, but the opposite is true as well. The attitude and values need to be right for the fans to be behind us. There are plenty of reasons to be satisfied after this victory. We have rarely beaten sides at the top of the table, and Rennes were seventh. To finish like this at La Mosson is a very good thing."
Rolland Courbis (Rennes coach): "We are left with regrets when we see the Lille score. It is very disappointing but there is no shame in realising that we were inferior to Montpellier in every area. Sometimes the scoreline doesn't reflect the match but that wasn't the case tonight. Our season is unfortunately now finished when we could have had something to play for against Bastia if we had performed well tonight."
OGC Nice 2 - 0 AS Saint-Etienne
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "I hope this group of players gets to experience playing in Europe together. The majority of the current team will still be there next season. In what was an important and decisive match my players rose to the occasion, even although it was not easy. My thoughts are with Maxime Le Marchand who has seriously injured his knee."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "Two players cracked. For one it was the second time (Malcuit was sent off at Monaco earlier in the season), but Tabanou is an experienced player. The red cards were justified. At 11 against 11 they couldn't find a way through and even when we were down to 10 men they couldn't. Youth and a moment of madness cost us tonight. It's a shame. We have a final to play against Lille and despite everything tonight we can still finish fifth or at worse sixth. And we could even finish fourth."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3 - 0 FC Lorient
Ulrich Ramé (Bordeaux interim coach): "In an attacking sense we built on our performance against Troyes. I was pleased with the spirit shown by the players. I thank the supporters (for singing his name). That shows that I have done the job that I was brought in to do."
Sylvain Ripoll (Lorient coach): "We were lacking in so many areas. Bordeaux thoroughly deserved their win and were more than a class apart. We feel that we are rather spoiling our end to the season. Not a lot of things have gone right for us since our Coupe de France semi-final defeat to Paris."
FC Nantes 1 - 2 SM Caen
Michel Der Zakarian (Nantes coach): "It is a bad result. We had chances but again a lack of precision cost us. It is always the same little weakness. They had three chances and scored two goals. I am very happy and very proud to have worked for FC Nantes, to have got the results I have. I think I have done a good job."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We never gave up. We defended well. Overall I am satisfied. The players showed a desire to stay in the top 10 and if we beat Bordeaux on the last day we will be able to say it has been a good season."
SC Bastia 1 - 0 Angers SCO
François Ciccolini (Bastia coach): "We had the best chances but didn't exploit them. We could have scored two or three more and the missed penalty by Angers was a real turning point. With 47 points I am happy and now we need to start preparing for next season, which will be very important. We will try to get a good result at Rennes next season to finish well."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We didn't get the breaks. We missed a penalty and we had 12 shots on goal, which is not bad being away from home, but very few were on target. We committed errors at the back which put Bastia in a good position and ultimately our mistakes cost us dear."
Toulouse FC 1-0 ESTAC Troyes
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "Do you think we will stay up (to journalists)? When I arrived it wasn't the case. I am extremely proud to remind you that I am going to win my bet with you. It was a good match between a team who were afraid - mine - and another playing for pride. I was told when I arrived that there was no atmosphere here, but what a lie that is. I am happy here, and it wasn't that easy at first. Now I hope that for the first game of next season in Ligue 1 there will be more than 30,000 spectators here."
GFC Ajaccio 0 - 4 Paris Saint-Germain
Thierry Laurey (Gazélec Ajaccio coach): "We never really stood a chance. There was a massive difference between the teams. We must acknowledge that when Paris want to play they are unplayable for the rest of France. That is where we see the difference in talent. We must go to Lorient with conviction and pride. I don't think our match at Lorient will be any more difficult than Toulouse's match at Angers. Reims are at home to Lyon, which will not be a gift either. We are full of hope."
Laurent Blanc (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It was a very professional performance against a team fighting for survival. We controlled the game right from the start and didn't leave anything to our opponents. We have broken the 90-point mark which means we have improved our own record. I said last August that it would be difficult to beat the old record but we have done it."