Hexagoal Ligue 1 Trophy

Garande: 'We weren't far off'

Publish on 19/04/2018 at 00:00 - S. WILLIS


SM Caen boss Patrice Garande was a disappointed man - despite a valiant performance from his side in their first-ever Coupe de France semi-final - following the 2-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, April 17, 2018

Coupe de France, semi-finals

Stade Michel d'Ornano

 SM Caen 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain Logo Paris Saint-Germain

Patrice Garande (SM Caen coach): "The prevailing feeling is disappointment. We didn't play the exact match we had been planning to, but we weren't far off it. Even though we were faced wit ha side who are obviously superior, that' the feeling now. My players gave their all. But against Paris, you can't switch off for a second, and you have to try to press forward and cause them problems. Now we need to process it all and get back on track as we have a busy week ahead. Even though we're disappointed, we need to bounce back and take care of business."

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "The team is having a great run in the Coupe de France, especially this evening against a team that was pushed on by its fans and which wanted to play in the final. We played with character and control. In the first half, we deserved to score more, 1-1 gave our opponents a chance. We then took control of the game again and managed to score. Congratulations to Caen. They played well and caused us problems. We're happy to be in the final, it's good for our fans."