Week 9 reactions
Olympique de Marseille coach Rudi Garcia was frustrated with the 3-3 draw against RC Strasbourg Alsace; Opposite number Thierry Laurey would have preferred points to performance. Reactions...
Sunday, October 15, 2017
RC Strasbourg Alsace 3 - 3 Olympique de Marseille
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "The first two goals we conceded were damaging. They were mistakes that cost us dear. Of our team, only two-and-a-half had experience of Ligue 1 and we paid for that. Two come back twice and even lead Marseille is impressive, though. I'm happy that we showed we can score goals. It was a bit of a crazy game with goals, chances and misses on both sides. I'm happy with my players and I hope they keep moving in this direction. We need to improve our defending. It's good to make a show but it's better to take points!"
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "Frustration is the overriding feeling although we have to congratulate Strasbourg - they put three goals past us. We managed to draw level but we're frustrated and disappointed. It was a better match for the fans that for us coaches! We gave Strasbourg too much ammunition. We made too many mistakes and they were more committed. Kostas Mitroglou was involved in most of our good moves. He can still do more but he needs to be given time. It was a good first game for him."
Montpellier Hérault SC 2 - 0 OGC Nice
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We had a few breaks in the first half, but we went looking for the victory with a certain amount of quality. We scored two lovely goals, created chances as well, we didn't just defend. Nice had four chances before the break, which is to be expected because they are not just here to fight for survival, and even if they defend a bit less than they did last season they are dangerous getting forward. We managed to build on our last few performances. After two draws against PSG and Monaco, that is us with five points taken from three teams who are in Europe."
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): "We played well in the first half and had chances to be be 2-0 or 3-0 up, but a match lasts 95 minutes. In the second half we struggled to maintain the rhythm that we imposed in the first half. We need to be more vigilant, more focused and do the running. It is pretty and spectacular to play 4-4-2, but it can also be dangerous sometimes. In such a system, you can't afford to lose the ball. Montpellier have been playing well recently and were waiting for a counter-attack to come. We didn't have the same quality or rhythm in the second half."
Girondins de Bordeaux 1-1 FC Nantes
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): "We gave ourselves the chance to win the game in the second half and had very clear opportunities. From the moment you find yourself behind against a side who defend so well, who are capable of soaking up pressure, sitting back and hitting on the break, we needed to find a way of coming from behind and we did that. We have taken 10 points from 12 at home. I would have preferred to win the game and we should have won it but after falling behind it is also good that we didn't lose."
Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): "I think it was a good derby and all the supporters are happy. We could have won and we could have lost, so a draw here at Bordeaux is good against a good side. We played really well. Bordeaux came back strongly in the second half. Malcom is a good player coming inside and shooting on his left. Djidji let him open up on the outside and Malcom scored a great goal. We played a French style of game, not an Italian style. We were animated against a good side, away from home, so I am satisfied."
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Dijon FCO 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain
Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It was a difficult match, especially after the international break. The first 45 minutes were tough, but we spoke at the break. We wanted to attack in the second half to be calmer. We managed to create a lot of chances, it was difficult to score, but the team showed its character to get back in front right at the end of the game and win it. It was deserved."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "We're extremely disappointed with the result, not the performance, because there was solidity, some promising things. But the result is a real blow. We gave them the late goal, we weren't paying attention on the flanks. As for Meunier, he was paying attention and it's that detail that made the difference this evening."
AS Saint-Etienne 3-1 FC Metz
Oscar Garcia (Saint-Etienne coach): "I'm happy with the reaction of my players, especially in the second half. After the break, we played with a lot of character, determination, and we also showed great spirit. That's exactly what I want to see. We didn't have the qualities required to make the difference at any time in the game. That's what teams that are better and better armed than us can do. We try to battle against these teams, and we're doing well right now. I think we can be happy with our place on the podium right now."
Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): "At the break, we were happy with our performance. In the second half, we struggled to get into it, we were under a lot of pressure and ended up cracking. We had an opponent pushed on by their fans, whom we had muzzled well in the first half. We also didn't take advantage of certain situations, certain counter-attacks."
EA Guingamp 2-0 Stade Rennais FC
Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): "This win is all the better as it's my first with Guingamp against Rennes. Last season, we took one point from six. There's a huge amout of satisfaction. There's a lot of pride too, even though it took time for things to go our way, it's a fully deserved win. We played really well. The first half was as good as we have played in a long time. We deserved it, we did what had to be done to make Rennes fold."
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): "We got eaten alive by Guingamp in terms of commitment. They had a strategy of putting balls in behind our defence. We were constantly under pressure, unable to get our foot on the ball. We suffered a lot in the first half, and even though we had some counter-attack opportunities, it wasn't enough. We started the second half better, we dominated the game, kept the ball on the ground, which could have caused them problems, but then there was the opening goal and Khazri's red card. With ten men, it became very difficult."
LOSC Lille 2-2 ESTAC Troyes
Marcelo Bielsa (Lille coach): "It's difficult to explain this result. It's a one-off opportunity that earned them something from it. I often say the same things…I could say if it was deserved or not, who played better, who dominated the game, who had the most chances…but it won't change anything. There was that one-off incident and the match ended in a draw. Our start to the game was too tenative. We weren't on it, and the goal we conceded showed that. We can't be happy with a start to the game like that…Eight games without a win is much too long a series."
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): "There wasn't an anti-Lille play. We had to be ourselves, that is a well-organised team. We relied on our tactical discipline, and tried to play our game. We had expected to be under pressure in the opening ten minutes, but in fact we had rather a good start. That enabled us to score. I understand their frustration at being pegged back in added time, but we deserve credit because we were able to press very high in the final six or seven minutes and force them into a mistake."
SM Caen 0-2 Angers SCO
Patrice Garande (Caen coach): "We had to big chances in the first half, but Angers too. There were too many things missing from our performance to hope to win it. We lost too many challenges defensively, especially at the start. We didn't handle a number of situations well and there were too many mistakes when we had the ball, as we wanted to play too quickly. Angers caused us problems."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It was vitally important to open the scoring, though both sides could have done that. The game changed in the second half. We bolstered our defence and were able to counter-attack against a Caen team that had to come out of its shell and left space. We were luckier than we have been with their big opportunities in the first half, and we scored with our first chance in the second half. We came spring a surprise here, and I think we did rather well. We didn't panic, kept a cool head and when we could strike, we did."
Toulouse FC 1-0 Amiens SC
Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "I feel frustration, especially given the first half during which we caused Toulouse problems. We knew that in this kind of match, the team that opened the scoring would have a big advantage. We mustn't moan, but keep working. We knew the season would be difficult. It was quite a feat to get promoted to Ligue 1, and it will be an even bigger one to stay in it."
Friday, October 13, 2017
Olympique Lyonnais 3-2 AS Monaco
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "We had the luck we'd been lacking in recent games. It comes down to Nabil Fekir's quality as much as the fact that Monaco missed two or three chances in the second half. It comes down to the effort put in by the whole team but also to our captain who scored in classy fashion from the free-kick. That’s not all he did in the game. He was decisive and exemplary. I hope we’ll improve defensively. We made mistakes in our transitions."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "It was a very even game. We had defensive problems in the first half. After half-time we enjoyed greater control of the game. We had good chances to go 3-2 ahead but then conceded from a free-kick at the end. I think the team showed that we have solutions and that our young players work hard, like Adama Traoré, Rony Lopes and Keita Baldé. They all played very positively and Soualiho Meïté too. That's important for the present and for the future."