PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wasn't mincing his words when summing up the shock 2-0 home defeat to Reims; ASSE boss Ghislain Printant was breathing fire after his side slumped to 19th with a 1-0 defeat at home to Metz.
Wednesday, 25 September, 2019
Paris Saint-Germain 0 - 2 Stade de Reims
Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "A lot of things didn't work tonight. We deserved to lose. We lacked the speed and the mentality to win tonight. Reims played a lot closer to their best than we did this evening. We lacked precision and we weren't dangerous. It was a poor performance for our part. We had a lot of players missing, that's why we made so many changes. I have to manage the playing time of the squad. And I think it was possible to play better with the team we had on the pitch."
David Guion (Stade Reims coach): "Playing well against the big sides is one of our characteristics, it's in our DNA. I have one of the youngest squads in Ligue 1. It's through performances like this that they will come to realise how much potential they have. Building success requires a solid foundation. The squad is disciplined and organised, which allows us to play well on the road."
Boulaye Dia (Stade de Reims striker): "We played without complexes, with our qualities, our strengths. We gave it all again. My goal? When the ball came to me, I didn't think twice. It was the last minute so I tried the volley and it worked for me. Everyone was on fire."
AS Saint-Etienne 0 - 1 FC Metz
Ghislain Printant (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "I am disappointed and angry. In the first half, we lacked impact in a game that was as important as we know. I have a lot of anger in me. But I don't want to give up any more today than I did yesterday. I want to stop this downward spiral. This will require me to make decisions. We played a very attacking style but in the end we weren't dangerous enough. I haven't spoken to club management. But it's a very difficult time, I'll give you that."
Vincent Hognon (FC Metz coach): "We had needed to take points for a while, but we didn't take them for different reasons. Tonight, we can only be satisfied that we have reacted with such quality. I am very happy with the reaction of the players. We were able to correct our mistakes. We were coming out of a series of four defeats, we know we're going to fight for survival this season. Saint-Etienne are not made with that kind of task in mind."
Toulouse FC 0 - 2 Angers SCO
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "I saw an incomprehensible non-match. It's a huge disappointment. We have to ask ourselves some tough questions."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers SCO coach): "First of all, I'm satisfied with the match we produced. And of course the result that goes with it. Even if it has been a long time coming, it is a victory that cannot be disputed. I am very proud of what the team has shown. We were smart. I liked the way we did it: we attacked without getting too out of balance."
LOSC 2 - 0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "I am very satisfied because this will trigger a real positive dynamic in the squad, and everyone will feel that they have a place and a role to play. I didn't rotate the squad as if this were a round of 64 clash in the Coupe de France - the league is our main focus. We have to collect points and fight with everything we have to stay in the upper reaches of the table for as long as possible."
Thierry Laurey (RC Strasbourg Alsace coach): "We were almost harmless. We weren't sufficiently present in attack. We had trouble playing out of defence. We had tried to bring a little renewal to the team but LOSC were very, very sharp and I think they are even stronger than last year. With four players who are usually on the bench, they were able to impose pressure on us that we were not able to respond to. Tonight, I don't want to talk about fatigue or injury, I want to acknowledge the superiority of this Lille side. They were the better team."
Stade Brestois 29 2 - 2 Olympique Lyonnais
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Brest coach): "I am satisfied with how the lads played. We must not forget that we were up come up, with players who are new to Ligue 1, so mixing it with teams like Rennes [0-0 on 14 September] or Lyon is very satisfying. Have there been any mistakes? They'll be useful to us. We have made them in the past, and they have been useful to us. This team has the ability to play, to express itself."
Sylvinho (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "For the first fifteen or twenty minutes, we weren't aggressive enough, we were passing backwards a lot. We didn't play well. I'm not satisfied; once again we lost the three points in the final minutes. We have a lack of confidence and it generates fear. We had changed our tactics as well as a few players because we have a busy schedule. I am a little concerned about the results, but the first step is to restore confidence. To do that, we need to win matches. We need to work twice as hard to regain that trust."
FC Nantes 1 - 0 Stade Rennais FC
Christian Gourcuff (FC Nantes coach): "I'm happy for the club, because this victory means something. I appreciated the lads' self-sacrifice and solidarity. They were beyond reproach. They are players, they fought hard together and the atmosphere necessarily reflects on the team's competitiveness and results. We had some promising passages of play. If we had scored a second goal, we could have been a bit calmer. We still have a lot of room for improvement. I expect even more control in possession, but on the defensive side we were very strong."
Julien Stéphan (Rennes coach): "We failed to take advantage when we had the upper hand - we didn't open the scoring. We had the opportunity, we controlled the first half. We pressed them, we won the ball back high up the pitch and we had control of the game and the scoring chances, but we didn't capitalise. In the second half, we lacked patience. We got impatient to score that goal. They stayed structured and we were hit with a 70-metre counterattack with 15 minutes left to go."
Amiens SC 1 - 3 Girondins de Bordeaux
Luka Elsner (Amiens coach): "It's a deserved defeat. Bordeaux were able to exploit the mistakes we made in areas where you just can't afford to do that. They had the quality to put these chances away. They could even have scored four goals, there's nothing to say. We made Bordeaux better because of a lack of efficiency in our passing game. Against a team with a lot of quality, you get punished for that."
Paulo Sousa (Bordeaux coach): "We started this game badly by conceding a goal but the lads showed a good mentality. We stayed focused, we pressed hard, we didn't give up the ball and we managed to score goals. In the second half, we suffered because Amiens were pressing very hard, but we kept playing our game despite the pressure."
Montpellier Hérault SC 1 - 0 Nîmes Olympique
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "It was a closed game at first. It was the first time Nîmes played like that. They did it well for a while and we were able to break the deadlock with a great goal. We had a much better collective control, which is something we do well at home. We managed to hold the ball, to put the other side in danger, which we couldn't manage in Nantes and Marseille. Now, we have to start playing like this away from home."
Bernard Blaquart (Nîmes Olympique coach): "For the time being, things aren't going in our favour in terms of how hand-balls are adjudicated. The players don't understand, they don't know when there is a hand-ball or not. Someone has to come and explain it to them. That's four times it has gone against us and that's a lot. That doesn't mean we haven't shown some shortcomings though."
Tuesday, 24 September, 2019
Dijon FCO 0-0 Olympique de Marseille
Stéphane Jobard (Dijon coach): "It was a tale of two halves. We were timid before the break, we looked scared. But we pushed Marseille back in the second half and started winning the ball. We still lacked rhythm. It was better than we have been but it's still just one point. The players have worked hard but I have to be even more demanding with them. In our situation it's not easy to play against a team like OM. The players are full of ideas and I'd like them to continue like this."
André Villas-Boas (Marseille coach): "We missed chances in the first half. Our first half was better than our second but neither was particularly good. Our control was poor and we were poor in transitions. Dijon put us under pressure in the second half. They had great chances to score and we struggled. You might think it's a good point given the chances they had, but no, I don't think so. We've left two points behind and I hope we don't regret it at the end of the season. [Lucas] Perrin [the 20-year-old making his debut in midfield] was very good, so there are positives."
AS Monaco 3-1 OGC Nice
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): It was a big game. We turned a corner, there's no doubt. Our fitness was much better and we created chances throughout the 90 minutes. It's important to have won. We know how good we are. We didn't land here from the moon. We weren't even at our best today, but then last week we weren't at our worst either. It's always good to win and they reacted well after Nice's equaliser. [Aleksandr Golovin] is progressing. I also congratulated [Benoît] Badiashile on a good game. It's my job to improve the players."
Patrick Vieira (Nice coach): "I regret how much control we gave up in the second half. Adam [Ounas]'s injury hurt us. We also came up against a team that wanted to bounce back and show that they had good players. I could've made better substitutions. Granted, Golovin had a great match, but I could've strengthened my midfield against him. [Without Dante and Christophe Hérelle] the team is also very young and lacks experience at the back. This defeat can help us, though. It's the kind of game we can learn from. This team will keep progressing."