Week 37 reactions
AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim warned his team they cannot lose focus despite needing just a single point to pick up the Ligue 1 title; Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Unai Emery hopes his side will "continue improving".
AS Monaco 4-0 LOSC
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Before this game, we needed four points. Now we need a point. So we have to keep working full out and seriously. On Wednesday, we have to take points to win the league. We had to approach the game seriously. We did that. Paris scored five goals and are not giving up. I'm asking for one last effort of work and concentration on Wednesday. I respect football. I'm not here to mess around. We saw Barcelona score three goals in three minutes. You always have to respect your opponents."
Franck Passi (Lille coach): "We had a very good firs half, but Monaco were more effective than us in both penalty areas. We didn't deserve to be 2-0 down at the break, but we came up against a good goalkeeper. There is a difference between a great champion like Monco and us, who have had problems all season. At 2-0, Monaco dropped off a bit. They're great champions. Their third goal shows the quality in the team. We couldn't compete with a Champions League semi-finalist. That's why I saw I can't criticise my players at all."
AS Saint-Etienne 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain
Christope Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "As a coach, all I can think of is the heavy defeat. It's been more than 20 years since we last lost 5-0 at home, so my job requires me to think of the match. For our last home game of the season, it's a shame to have been beaten so heavily by a very good opponent. I would have liked for my players, for everyone at the club who has worked around the team and the fans that the match be of a different standard."
Unai Emery (PSG coach): "It's a good win. The team played well throughout the match. We dominated possession, which is shown by the goal in the last minute. Monaco still aren't champions, but you have to say that they have had a great season. We have to keep improving, always. We now have two important games left: Caen on Saturday, and the final against Angers."
Dijon FCO 2-0 AS Nancy Lorraine
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It's a very important win, but it's not over. We still have a match to play at Toulouse and we have to finish the season well. I'm very proud of what my team achieved after the poor performance at Guingamp last week. The team was solid defensively, the midfield respected what was asked of them and we were clinical. There was a lot of commitment, determination. We had to win and I'm really happy with what I saw. But I say again, the season isn't over."
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "I think this match reflects our season. We had the intention of getting a result, there was the possibility of doing better, especially in the first half. We had a chance to get back to 1-1, but we hit the bar. We're going to have to clear our heads, because the players are really hurting. We still have the hope of finishing in 18th place and go into the play-offs. We have to beat Saint-Etienne and wait on the results for Bastia and Lorient. We owe it to ourselves to win that last game, for us and our supporters."
OGC Nice 2-0 Angers SCO
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We came up against a good team. Angers shuffled their team around, but there was Pépé and Bamba, which says everything. In the first half, they had a lot more chances than us. There has been a real slackening off since the win against Paris. After the break, it was better. We could have had a penalty. This home defeat had to come, we were missing too many players."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We succeeded where everyone else failed. Overall, it's deserved. We at least to go in at half-time 1-0 up. We were able to count on our players who haven't played so much. We thought this last game at home would be difficult for Nice. We were a little lucky to stay in front in the second half with a penalty that wasn't given for them. I don't understand why people would think we wouldn't give our all in this game. It's not our style."
Montpellier Hérault SC 1-3 Olympique Lyonnais
Jean-Louis Gasset (Montpellier coach): "We have completed our mission of staying up, we'd been dreaming of that so much. We would have liked to have finished on a good note. We were close to equalising at 2-2, we pushed, took risks, but against a good team with such attacking power, you don't get away with mistakes. I came here to keep the team up. If we won five or six matches, it was possible. It took less as it turns out, even if we continued calculating things until Saturday evening. We made a lot of defensive mistakes. That's Montpellier's problem right now. They have conceded 64 or 65 goals. It's not by chance."
SM Caen 0-1 Stade Rennais FC
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "It was a difficult evening because we didn't manage to do what we wanted to. We have the opportunity to stay in Ligue 1 this evening and we didn't manage to do that. With the defeat of Lorient, we would have been certain of staying up if we had won. The season isn't over. There is another game where anything can happy. We're going to Paris, Lorient host Bordeaux, Bastia go to Marseille, there are still 90 minutes left on those pitches."
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "We had controlled matches before, but the difference is that we win this time. We had some delicate moments at the end of the game, but we managed to play our football. In the first half, we didn't accelerate enough to get them out of position and dominate. And if you don't make the difference in terms of goals in a match, then it's going to be tense, especially against a team fighting for its life."
Girondins de Bordeaux 1-1 Olympique de Marseille
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We scored very early, and we defended very well in the first half. They hit the bar and a post after the goal. We lacked the precision to finish off our chances. Pelé kept them in the game and it was like our game here against Lyon, we opened the scoring, but couldn't get the second goal. As Marseille have a bit of talent, they manged to get back into it, and tried to win it in the last half-an-hour. We could have won it, we might have lost it too. There wasn't much in it, but a draw is a logical result."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It was a bit of a strange goal to concede. It happened immediately and made things a little tense. I said to the players at half time to stay calm and put the frustration into their play, which they did. We had a good second half, and I think we deserved to win it by more than 1-0 even though Yohann Pelé made two great saves, notably from the point-blank header. With a bit more coollness in front of goal, given the situations we had, we should have won it. But we knew we could also settle for a point, which we did."
SC Bastia 2-0 FC Lorient
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "I had said that things would decided in Marseille. It's our final. We have to congratulate the players for their determination, their conviction. We now have to prepare well for the Marseille match. The players have worked a lot. For me, as a coach, to see a goal like Gaël Danic's makes me happy. Such a move is great. I'm very happy for him that he got a goal and an assist. We finished the game with a clean sheet. We used the space better and the ball. We managed to be better when we had good spells. The three points are the most important. We're still in the running."
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "Our first half was good, we put our game in place, we did what we had to do, but we didn't manage to open the scoring. In the second, I don't know why, undoubtedly unconsciously, we dropped back, we were under pressure. It's psychological, and you can understand it in our position. We have to move forward again against Bordeaux; Since we have gotten out of the relegation zone, we have struggled to put away our chances, we have lost some players along the way. We're not going to wallow in self-pity. Two months ago, we were clinically dead, and now we're still in the fight to stay up."
FC Nantes 4-1 EA Guingamp
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "Everyone is very happy. It's great to see the bond with our fans. We played magnificently. We played well, creating a lot of situations in front of goal. We have a very promising development in our play, both defensively and going forward."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "I'm very disappointed, because we made a mess of our game, it's as simple as that. We came up against a Nantes team that are so much stronger than us. We got pushed around all over the place. We have nothing to say about their win. If I had an explanation, I'd give it to you. That's what I said very calmly in the dressing room. We show two totally different faces. We dominate at home, make people afraid and are very solid. Away, we're fragile and get into difficulty far too quickly."
FC Metz 1-1 Toulouse FC