LOSC coach Christophe Galtier accepted his side were not at their best in their Coupe de France tie against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on Monday, but Nicolas Pépé's class told for the Ligue 1 Conforama outfit.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Coupe de France, round of 64
LOSC 1 - 0 FC Sochaux Montbéliard
Christophe Galtier (Lille coach): "We got through, which was the main thing. We worked hard, analysing how Sochaux play. They are struggling in their league but they still have quality. It was our first match back after the holidays and we haven't many days to prepare. We went through the motions a little bit, but we weren't helped by the changes we were forced to make. Players like Soumaré, Koné and Soumaoro were all lacking any rhythm. We scored when we were on top and then we defended intelligently when we didn't play so well, not giving away many chances. We have to be satisfied at going through and we can be happy that some players got a run out. The Coupe de France is the most beautiful trophy of the lot and it is the only one we can win given we know already who the champions will be and we are out of the Coupe de la Ligue."
Omar Daf (Sochaux coach): "We knew we were up against a Lille side with players who have great individual quality and that they could decide the game. We had five players out suspended and a very young squad but I am proud of the team. We were solid, but the individual quality of Nicolas Pépé made the difference. We would have liked to go much further in the Coupe de France but Lille were superior to us."