Week 5 Reactions - Ranieri: 'A good sign'
Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri was pleased with his side's fighting spirit to beat Lorient 1-0 while Laurent Blanc joked 'a coach serves no purpose whatsoever' after seeing PSG produce an excellent display to defeat Bordeaux.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Olympique Lyonnais 0 - 0 Stade Rennais FC
Rémi Garde (Lyon coach): "I'm somewhere between frustration and disappointment at the way the match played out, especially the second half. We dominated in terms of chances and putting the pressure on our opponents, and we deserved better. We were unlucky with the three or four chances we had; we've been short on luck since the beginning of the season. We haven't been scoring to many but we haven't been conceding either. The team has been rigorous and have carried themselves well. In this respect I have nothing to criticise in my players. Bafétimbi Gomis' entry into the game was promising considering it was his first top-flight appearance in some time. He was fully invested and brought what he could to the table, and I hope this continues and grows."
Philippe Montanier (Rennes coach): "The first half was promising. We were well organised and put together some good attacks. I think that we almost had more chances than our opponents in the first term. In the second, you could see that we still have a lot of work to do in terms of constructing our team. We gave the ball away in defence, which allowed Lyon chances and meant we had to defend a lot of set pieces. So really, given our second half, we couldn't have hoped for more than a draw. I hope we can start to do better, but that's how things are right now. We're integrating two new players - we're in a construction phase - but the lads are in a good frame of mind. We saw that we couldn't win, so we had to make sure we didn't lose. Our defence was very committed, but it's certain that in order to get better results, we need to take the collective and technical aspects of our play to the next level."
LOSC Lille 0 - 2 OGC Nice
René Girard (Lille coach): "They got into our box twice and scored twice. That's opportunist. On the one hand we conceded goals and, on the other, we didn't take our chances when they came. When the ball doesn't want to go in it is always going to be difficult. We need to learn our lesson. We sat back too much and really gifted them their two goals. The lads need to be more focused. After conceding we ended up chasing around like mad trying to get back into the game."
Claude Puel (Nice coach): "It was a good team performance against a very physical Lille side. It was a real battle from beginning to end. Dario Cvitanich had two shots on goal and scored with both. That is 100 percent reliability! Recently he has been working hard for the team without getting the breaks in front of goal. He deserved his reward today."
AS Monaco FC 1 - 0 FC Lorient
Claudio Ranieri (Monaco coach): "I was a little angry at the end of the match because we complicated things for ourselves at the finish. When you are 1-0 up, it is very important that you keep the ball. We were well motivated and played well in the first half. (Radamel) Falcao was able to get the goal but we were very tired. Our players have been all over the world with their countries. It is very difficult. A lot of the players only returned on Thursday. Now we have seven days to recover. I hope that we will see a different Monaco against Paris next Sunday. But I am happy because when you win games like these, in difficult circumstances, it is a good sign. (Geoffrey) Kondogbia played well, winning the ball back, although he was a little tired at the end."
Christian Gourcuff (Lorient coach): "When you are only 1-0 down, you can always take advantage of a misunderstanding to score. We had chances on the break after the interval but our finishing was not good enough. We especially struggled in the first half. Against such a good side technically, we needed to show greater intensity at the beginning. I was surprised with the way we played at the start, I expected us to be better. We can have a fair few regrets because Monaco were there for the taking. But we needed to be better. Monaco were not the same as the team that played against OM. They lacked freshness, and it is always difficult playing at this time of day, but they will be a different proposition against Paris next Sunday."
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Toulouse FC 1 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "I think we clearly deserved to win. Both teams created a lot of chances in the first half. In the second, we were sound tactically and scored. It's a set-piece, well-delivered by Valbuena and scored by Lucas Mendes, that allows them to equalise. It's injust given what we produced and the effort we put in. The idea was to prevent them developing their game and using their pace. We had to close up the middle, and defend going forward. We feel frustrated given the amount of energy we put in. We knew that it would be hard and long. Those are the moments when, if you're on a good run of luck, you score a second goal instead of conceding an equaliser."
Elie Baup (Marseille coach): "We had some good spells, notably in the first half. There were some high-quality moves, well co-ordinated but we didn't turn them into goals. We gave them too much space for their goal, which came when we weren't having such a good spell. We have to work on our lines and getting the ball back to be able to hope for more. The draw reflects the good spells of both teams. We need to be more determined when we're on top."
AC Ajaccio 2 - 3 Evian-Thonon-Gaillard FC
Fabrizio Ravanelli (Ajaccio coach): "I have many regrets, because we had the means to win the game. If we'd opened the scoring through Pedretti, when he hit the bar, the game would have undoubtedly been different. We hit the woodwork three times and created a lot of chances. And then we conceded the goal which killed us from a free-kick followed by another. Having said that, the team reacted when they were 3-0 down and showed their pride. A lot of teams would have just given up. But we continued to believe. We manged to get two back, which shows that we were focussed mentally. We're going to continue working. I'm not worried because the season is still very long."
Pascal Dupraz (ETG coach): "It's a victory which I feel is deserved even if I have to pay a hommage to our opponents. We dominated proceedings for 80 minutes, but Ajaccio hit the woodwork three times and scored twice in the last ten minutes. We could have lost one or even all three points at the end. We were guilty of slacking off, and it could have had serious consequences and made us lose two places in the table. Few teams are going to score three goals at Ajaccio. I would like to come back here next season, which would mean both teams stay up. We now have to confirm what we did against three big teams in the next three games: Montpellier, Lille and Bordeaux."
EA Guingamp 1 - 1 SC Bastia
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "It's a good point for us given the way the game went. The defences had the upper hand on the attacks. It was a balanced game, and a draw seems to me to be a fair result. I would have liked us to play a bit more audaciously. But it's already a good performance as we managed to get back into the game. I'm satisfied with the attitude that we showed."
Frédéric Hantz (Bastia coach): "I'm satisfied with the match we played. Up front, we were able to create danger while also retaining our solidity. Our goal was the turning point. After that we were much less fluid in our play, but the content was promising and the result is good. Even if I think that we should have won, the feeling that we're progressing is a source of satisfaction.
Montpellier Hérault SC 0 - 0 Stade de Reims
Jean Fernandez (Montpellier coach): "We tried to find the right organisation and balance, but it was again difficult. It's a disappointment both in terms of the way we played and the result. We lacked quality in the final third. We were too cautious, and didn't move the ball around quickly enough. There's a little bit of concern. Perhaps we're going to have one or two doubts."
Hubert Fournier (Reims coach): "Globally, I'm satisfied with the performance of my team, but frustrated by the result. We've dropped two points given the clear-cut chances we created. To draw at the Mosson for a team like us is not a bad result. We're simply frustrated by the result in terms of the display we put in. We've not been rewarded for our efforts. We came up against a Montpellier team that was waiting for us, especially in the second half. We weren't as good with the ball in the second half. With a little more luck and poise in finishing, we could have scored at least one goal, which would have allowed us to win the game. We lacked poise and ambition going forward, which prevented us from finishing off certain opportunities. It's a point that allows us to go forward and confirms our good form away from home."
FC Nantes 1 - 0 FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
Michel Der Zakarian (Nantes coach): "Overall, we deserved victory, but you have to put the ball in the net. Once was enough. We defended well and didn't give them any clear opportunities. It's a good evening with some good play. We were solid in playing the ball out from the back, even if we lacked a little pep in the second half because certain players were tired after international games. From the start to the finish, it was a great game by us."
Eric Hély (Sochaux coach): "After the opening quarter-of-an-hour, we showed our collective strength. But in the second half, we didn't keep the ball as well and were in danger. We were well organised. I saw some good things, but everyone has to up their level by 5%. In the first half, we had promising situations that we didn't finish off. In the second, we didn't have any chances, that's true. We have room for improvement, which is a good thing for the future, even if we're disappointed right now. Nantes deserve their win for the number of clear-cut chances they had, but it would not have been a robbery had we taken a point."
Valenciennes FC 1 - 3 AS Saint-Etienne
Lindsay Rose (Valenciennes defender): "The way we started both halves was bad. We're going to look at them to see what we did wrong. We've got some tough fixtures coming up, but we know the season will be difficult and that we'll have to go through games like this one. We're going to try and pick up points little-by-little. We want to do well, we're united. But we make a mess of simple things. We were really hoping to put on a good display and win in front of our fans, so of course we're very disappointed. We can build on our end to the game, which was good. We have to get into a groove as soon as possible. We didn't turn up today, but don't worry, we're going to continue working to improve things."
Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "First place in the table is purely symbolic. Our good start to the game and especially our excellent opening to the second half allowed us to pull away. We deserve the win as we knew what we had to do and did it. Our elimination from the Europa League led me to play the players in their best positions. You can see that things are more simple that way."
Friday, September 13, 2013
Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain
Francis Gillot (Bordeaux coach): "The outcome is logical. Paris are better than us, you could see that, everyone knows that, and they proved it again today. When they led 2-0, you could see that the team had a lot of technical quality, with players who can make the difference. The moment we conceded the second goal, our heads dropped, it was a big psychological blow. In the first half, they didn't have a chance and scored a goal - that's the big regret of the game. At 0-0 at half-time, the second half is different. It's a shame. It was something we'd studied on the video and we were caught out. When Ibra drops off, he's at the start and the end of the move, we weren't able to cope even though we knew about it. We decided to try and attack them as we didn't want to play with ten men behind the ball. It's worked quite well. We took the risk and we lost."
Laurent Blanc (PSG coach): "Football is sometimes strange. Our job is to prepare the match all week, elaborate how we'll play, strategies to beat our opponents. This one we didn't prepare at all, absolutely not, we got some players back from international duty only last night. What I'm telling you is that a coach serves no purpose whatsoever!
"The team is starting to understand what we can do, and adhere to what we're proposing. This evening's match, without preparation, is proof of that. Bordeaux struggled in attack, but we have been very good in keeping possession. We've been working on that since 1 July, we really emphasise it and it's in this match that you could see it best."