Week 38 reactions
Check out what the Ligue 1 coaches had to say after a gripping final day of the season in which the relegation race went almost literally down to the final kick of the campaign.
FC Lorient 1-1 Girondins de Bordeaux
Bernard Casoni (Lorient coach): "It's not easy to be behind, but I think we had a good first half, and created one or two opportunities against a Bordeaux team that had come to win the game. I want to congratulate them, because not all teams play like that. I also want to congratulate my players, who never gave up. We dug deep to the very bottom of ourselves to get the equaliser and hold on to the result. Now, we still have two matches to play. We came within two minutes of being safe. We would have taken the opportunity to be still in the hunt, which is not the case for Bastia and Nancy, and we still have our destiny in our own hands. It's up to us to prepare the match against Troyes well."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "I'm disappointed not to have won, because it's a match we should have won. We didn't handle it well, we had the initiative. We felt that Lorient were very tense, which is normal when you're playing for survival. We weren't able to take advantage. We scored quite early, but we didn't get a second. On the contrary, we let Lorient believe they could get back into the game, even though they weren't very dangerous."
Olympique de Marseille 1-0 SC Bastia
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "We can enjoy this win, which was difficult to get. It's not easy when a team is playing for their survival in a single match. Our second half was better than the first, but we above all took advantage of the work done in the first half. We gave them practically nothing, we were patient, and we knew we had to find the way through down the flanks. We had a little sympathy for Bastia, but we deserved to win. I'm happy for the squad, they have the reward for their work over the last six months. The squad deserves this fifth place, we now have to build on it as we are only qualified for the preliminary rounds of the Europa League. But if you had said to me that we would finish fifth when I arrived, I would have signed for it with both hands."
Rui Almeida (Bastia coach): "It's a sad day for the club, the technical staff and the players. The players gave everything to win the game. In three months, we've worked quite well in trying to find answers. Unfortunately, it hasn't been enough. I take my part of the responsibility for that too. The most important thing is to sit down with the board and look at what happened."
Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 SM Caen
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "We wanted to win but in the end we drew and that's not satisfying. We would have preferred to finish on a better note, but we didn't turn in our best performance. We started well but never made the break. Caen needed points to secure their survival and they played with a lot of drive. We struggled for consistency over the 90 minutes. Maxwell? He fully earned the tribute; he's a great man and he brought a lot to Paris Saint-Germain. He's a top player, both on and off the pitch. He never stopped proving that to us. It's a very emotional night."
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "When it finishes like that, it's fantastic. We're all very happy to still be in Ligue 1, which isn't to be sniffed at for Caen after a difficult season and a final match against PSG where teams usually get hit for tennis scores. When we started the match, I was convinced we'd end up in the play-offs. But during the match, we had a lot of situations we handled badly, technical mistakes, bad passes…I said to the players at half-time that we could score goals. And when you play PSG, that's not often the case. When a season is complicated, it's complicated for everyone, the players, the technical staff, the coach…It's a good season because we stayed united and kept believing right to the end."
EA Guingamp 1-0 FC Metz
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We have just won our 12th match at the Roudourou, where we have picked 39 points in total. It's a record for Guingamp. It's a good run, even if there are a certain number of things that need to be improved before next season."
LOSC 3-0 FC Nantes
Sergio Conceiçao (Nantes coach): "Above all, I'd like to congratulate my players. What we have achieved in the last five months is magnificent. This last match doesn't reflect our season at all. We weren't clinical, either in attack or in defence. We didn't put in the intensity that we do usually. Lille's win is deserved."
Olympique Lyonnais 3-3 OGC Nice
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "That result is symptomatic of our season. We score three goals and we get a draw. That means we're not as happy as we could have been as we would have liked to have finished with a win against Nice side that has had an excellent season. One hundred goals for Lacazette is something that will stay with him and OL. I felt a lot of emotion and pride when he came off as I've known him for a long time. To see his progress, where he has got to, is a source of great satisfaction for him and of some pride for all those people who have contributed to his education at OL."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It is a good result, everybody is happy. It’s good to come and draw 3-3 here, in a magnificent stadium. We weren’t scared, we were convinced we could do something. It was touch and go at times, we went through stages, but we pressed very high. That’s what we needed to do. There were good things and some less good things, but it was encouraging. We have taken a lot of pleasure from working together. We have been through some great times. We dared to do it, to continue to play our way, out from the goalkeeper. These are risks, that at times can cost, but on the whole, it pays off. That’s why we have always wanted to play. At the end of the season, we have 78 points, 3rd place, that is exceptional…We are very happy but also very proud of our season."
AS Nancy Lorraine 3-1 AS Saint-Etienne
Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "Our players got into the game straightaway, which is what we wanted. We played very well in the first half, we wanted to get a result. But the results in other places didn't go for us. There's a feeling of sadness, because we didn't show the qualities of a promoted team and everything that goes with that. We knew that we couldn't match everyone with just our technical qualities. There is a bit of frustration. The truth is we're 19th. I don't know if that is logical or not. The defeat to Lorient weighs heavily in that. It hurts to be relegated. I take it as a personal failure."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It was my 361st match, I'll keep that in mind and only that. I have spent nearly eight years at the head of the team, eight happy years, with constant improvement season upon season, with moments of joy…There was a lot of emotion with my squad this morning, during the day, at the warm-up, at half-time. It was my last team talk. I'm going to wish them well. There are a lot of players who deserve to improve at this club, others to find a challenge which meets their ambitions. This last year has been less good than the others…If we're eighth, it's because we deserve it and those who finished ahead of us deserve to be there."
Toulouse FC 0-0 Dijon FCO
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We've never been 13th this season, so of course it's disappointing to finish in that position, especially as in the last two matches, we could have taken four more points. Unfortunately, we're incapable of scoring penalties. In spite of that, I note we have improved, because this season we assured ourselves of staying up six weeks before the end of the season. When we start against, I'd like to have a smaller squad, because I had too many players this season. On the other hand, I need more leaders, because there really aren't many in this team."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "I have a great squad, they dug in deep. There fans pushed in the last two games. It's huge for us. We knew it would come down to the small details, we were ready for that. But you have to go into action, and we did that with great determination. We knew that things could do in any direction, we needed to have solid nerves, we did it with courage. We would have signed for 16th at the start of the season. It's historic for the club to stay up, it'll allow us to move forward more quickly."
Stade Rennais FC 1-3 AS Monaco
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "Our two first-half chances could have changed things. I would have preferred to have won the match. We did well to keep playing and creating chances even though we were behind. We need to be more precise, more consistent and more solid defensively to hope to be able to beat Monaco. Ninth or 10th doesn't change our season much…We're moving forward, slowly. We have to do things calmly."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Everyone showed what a team we are. After one or two nights where the boys didn't sleep much they showed that quality and hunger of winners. I think we've all had a great season and I'm happy for the squad. After [clinching the title against] Saint-Etienne I celebrated with my family, I spent an hour with the players, but I'm not the sort of person who is always keeping an eye on them."
Angers SCO 2-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "Last year, we finished on three defeats. This year, two wins and a draw. We're happy. This evening, it wasn't an easy match, but a final game of the season is never easy, especially when you consider there was nothing to play for. We wanted to win for our fans, we did it."