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Mbappé: 'Plenty in the tank'

Publish on 21/02/2019 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS

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PSG's Kylian Mbappé was keen to underline his side's quality, despite some big-name absences, after the 5-1 Week 17 win over Montpellier; EAG boss Jocelyn Gourvennec was upbeat after the 0-0 Week 23 draw in Bordeaux.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

 Paris Saint-Germain 5 - 1 Montpellier Hérault SC 

Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain forward): "The team is playing well, and I'm playing well too. We're managing to play at a high level match after match. We're going on our merry way and we hope it lasts. Physically, we have plenty in the tank. We can't deny that it can get tough, but we're doing ok. Neymar? He is following his treatment protocols. He's an important player and we need him. The same goes for [Edinson] Cavani. We're getting by without them for the moment, but we're looking forward to having them back. [Angel] Di Maria's free-kick? You know, we were in training this morning and Angel stayed back to practice his free-kicks. He hit them all into the wall [laughs]!"

Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It's a good result in a difficult match against Montpellier who were very disciplined and organised in defence. It's very hard to score against them. We had a lot of chances and scored five goals, but defensively we weren't good. We conceded too many chances. As the game went on, we controlled it better and better and it was a deserved win. Against a team like Montpellier that's very positive."

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier Hérault SC): "When you leave space open and don't conclude your attacking moves, they punish you. We should have taken the lead on two occasions, and we had a host of other chances. But when I concede five goals, I can't be happy. It's infuriating. We wanted to defend well, but once you go behind, you have to try to get back into it. We had the chance, but we got punished. Paris had some good fortune but they created the situations."

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Girondins de Bordeaux 0 - 0 EA Guingamp 

Eric Bédouet (Girondins de Bordeaux coach): "For us, it's two points dropped - when you draw at home, it's never good. But when you can't win, you have to know how not to lose, and we could have lost it. Vuka [Jovanovic] almost tackled the ball over the line for an own-goal and then Nolan Roux missed a sitter. That was the turning point in the match; they could have gone ahead and it wouldn't have been undeserved."

Jocelyn Gourvennec (EA Guingamp coach): "We're happy to take a point, eve though with a bit more opportunism - if we had made the most of our opportunities - we could have won. When other teams don't play and you win a point, you make progress. Every single point will be precious; we're making progress."