Week 5 Reactions - Garcia: 'A lot of work to do'
Olympique de Marseille coach Rudi Garcia was forced to acknowledge his team's faults after the shock 3-1 home loss to Stade Rennais, whose boss Christian Gourcuff underlined the importance of the collective in the welcome win.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Olympique de Marseille 1 - 3 Stade Rennais FC
Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): "Above all it was our non-performance in the first half that was problematic. When you don't win one single challenge, when you lose the ball in midfield, when you gift them chances to hit on the counter and when you completely lack defensive balance, you get punished. We didn't get off to the kind of start we needed to in order to get over our last defeat [6-1 in Monaco in Week 4]. But I'm not worried; I'm just sad. I don't want to see my OM play like that. I don't like losing, and it's an awful feeling tonight, but we just need to hunker down and not talk. For sure there is a lot of work to do and a long way to go. But this team is worth a lot more than they showed tonight. Now we just have to win our next match, and it's great that it will be here on Thursday [Against Konyaspor in the Europa League]."
Christian Gourcuff (Stade Rennais coach): "This win gave us a few points a bit of breathing room. We're moving forward; we have a project in terms of how play, a project for the whole club. We saw some great things tonight in a context that was tough for us too. One of the keys to the match was that they began to doubt themselves in the first half. [On Wahbi Khazri] He really turned up tonight. We knew he was a good footballer and he confirmed that on the ball. But above all, it was a great team performance tonight."
Olympique Lyonnais 2 - 1 EA Guingamp
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "The three points is what we will remember, but also the team spirit because they didn't give up despite being in difficulty and got the second goal immediately after Guingamp's equaliser. We really suffered but we stuck together as a team. We were a little bit fortunate to get the three points when you look at the game as a whole, but it makes up for the points dropped in the last two games. But it wasn't a good match. We need to perform much better, be more precise technically and have more movement when we have the ball. I thought we were too static."
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "We produced a much better performance than that against Nice. I was pleased with the way we played, with the quality of our football and the chances we created. We played like a team who like to get forward. But we were punished by their talent and experience. It is cruel sometimes but you need to learn from these games. Play well but pick up at least a point is the minimum we need to do in the coming matches. My one reproach is that when we equalise 20 minutes from the end we can't spend quarter of an hour celebrating the goal. I didn't like that."
Óscar García (Saint-Etienne coach): "You can see that Angers are a team who have been playing together for a long time. But I wanted my players to give everything and they did that. In particular when we were down to 10 men they showed a good mentality and still tried to win the game. We started the match well, just as we wanted to, but the penalty changed a lot of things It gave Angers strength when we had them under the cosh."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "That was a strange game! It's not every day you concede a goal after 46 seconds...To come back and equalise so quickly doesn't happen every day either. The regret we could have is that we created so many chances - we hit the bar three times, which doesn't happen every day either. So we leave with regrets but what we did was coherent, even if we can't be entirely happy with it."
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "It was important to play well and we played as a team. We defended well and cut off the passing angles. We played 4-4-2 and that means the wide players really have to track back. The match does us a lot of good. It was important to get back on the right track. Seri is a marvellous player and a marvellous man. Of course he was hugely disappointed not to join Barcelona but he has a remarkable capacity to accept things. Mario Balotelli was involved in the pressing and that's indispensable. There are no worrries over his goalscoring capacity."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We didn't play well and messed up a lot of things in terms of our organisation and also the preparation for the game. Not many players were with us during the international break and that's always difficult. It was a day when we should have stayed at home. We need to forget this result fast and prepare for our Champions League trip to Germany on Wednesday. Nice are a quality side who will be near the top of the league come the end of the season."
Montpellier Hérault SC 0-1 FC Nantes
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We didn't do what we needed to do to win, even though we tried. We had a lot of the ball against a Nantes side that defended deep. We weren't sharp enough in the final third. It's never good to lose at home, but we are only up to Week 5 of the season. We need to keep working. It was scandalous to play on such a pitch and we have trouble creating chances."
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "It was a difficult match because the pitch was catastrophic. But the pitch isn't a good enough excuse for the poor quality of the game. It was important for us to pick up the three points without conceding a goal. We played in a very compact way, with a lot of desire. I'm very happy and very satisfied. We're progressing slowly. I'm Italian and for me the defence and the balance are very important things. I need to find the team that corresponds to me."
ESTAC Troyes 0-0 Toulouse FC
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "The sentiment that dominates is one of satisfaction, even if the result was very frustrating. We did everything in order to win the game and our gameplan worked perfectly. Toulouse didn't have any chances and we kept our first clean sheet of the season. All that we were lacking was a cool head in front of goal, as we did create chances."
Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): "We got a point and that's all we can retain from this. Our attack didn't function the way we wanted it to. We were too static. We need to progress on that front. I was happy with Imbula. He was only at 50% but then everyone was only at 50% for us this evening. The start of the season has not been too bad, but we're capable of better and my players need to have more confidence in themselves."
RC Strasbourg Alsace 0-1 Amiens SC
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "When you lose at home, of course you are disappointed. The start of the game was coherent but then we conceded a goal to what was only a half-chance. That hurt us and made us tense up. It was hard against a team that defended in numbers and we didn't find the solution. The start of the season is pretty coherent but this certainly applied the brakes. We'll stay lucid and roll up our sleeves."
Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "It's a precious success. We knew we needed to be strong defensively and we were. We didn't allow them many chances and this was a deserved win. We were timid in our first three games of the season when we were timid and naïve and the warning lights were flashing. Tonight we proved we're capable of getting results on our travels and we rediscovered the DNA from last season."
SM Caen 2-1 Dijon FCO
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "Although we started well, after that we allowed them too much space. At half-time we said to ourselves we shouldn't sit so deep, instead we should press them like in our previous games. Paradoxically it was after we got the harsh red card that we made the difference from a mental standpoint. We didn't play well, but we showed other qualities. I told the players that when they show this spirit they obtain results."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "There's a lot of frustration. I expected much better, especially in the second half. We started with a bad error and the concession of a penalty. We reacted well in the first half but played badly in the second. We weren't good defensively and we didn't keep the ball at all well, something that is usually our strong suit."
Friday, September 8, 2017
LOSC 0-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
Marcelo Bielsa (LOSC coach): "I think we managed well given we we're a man down for an hour [Thiago Maia was sent off on 32 minutes]. My team put in a lot of effort and showed a lot of solidarity with each other. This was an important result, especially given the circumstances. We're fighting to change things after our poor run. We simply shouldn't have only five points on the board."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "It's two points lost because we played for an hour with 11 against ten. We controlled possession but we played too safe. We had only one shot out of 15 on target, which isn't enough. We had three clear cut chances and failed to score. We were good defensively, we never gave up and chances, which is good. We passed well but couldn't score."
FC Metz 1-5 Paris Saint-Germain
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "This result is our fault. I don't think [Kylian] Mbappé has a broken leg [Benoît Assou-Ekotto was sent off on 56 minutes for a foul on Paris Saint-Germain's newest signing]. PSG don't need the help. Assou-Ekotto touched the ball."
Unai Emery (PSG coach): "The team is ready. I think they controlled the game. We had more chances - maybe five or six on goal. They may have had a man sent off but overall I think we deserved to win. We will move forward with an idea, a style. It's important to have a balance between attack and defence. With individual talent we need tactical discipline. I think good players like to play with good players and Kylian [Mbappé] made a good start. I think all the players are happy."
Kylian Mbappé (PSG forward): "I always wanted to play with great players, I have the opportunity today to play with the best in France and perhaps in Europe. I try to learn from their movements, and their professionalism. I don't know if it should have been a red card but it was dangerous. I don't blame him [Assou-Ekoto], it was probably just in the spirit of the game. All I want is to play. I was very happy today. I've had a lot of fun."
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