Europa League reactions: Matchday 2
Julien Stéphan says Rennes have no time to dwell on their late defeat to Lazio; Ghislain Printant is desperate to lead Saint-Etienne out against Olympique Lyonnais. Matchday 2 reactions…
Thursday, October 3, 2019
AS Saint-Etienne 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Ghislain Printant (Saint-Etienne coach): "Saint-Etienne delivered a performance which fully met the expectations of a cup match in Europe, and the team did everything they could to get the victory. I think Wolfsburg defended incredibly well. I think we put them under pressure but they were able to resist our attack. I liked the attitude of my team but regret that we conceded the equaliser so quickly. I'm the Saint-Etienne coach and today I saw a team who respected the gameplan. I'll see the players on Friday morning. I want to coach them and it would be heart-breaking not to lead the team against Lyon [ASSE play regional rivals Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday]. This job requires results."
Oliver Glasner (Wolfsburg coach): "I congratulate my team. We had a lot of respect for Saint-Etienne. We had to as they've got a lot of good players in their team. That much is obvious and the result is very satisfying. Of course, we came to win but Saint-Etienne countered us well. It wasn't an easy match and it's never easy to face a French team as we say on Wednesday for Leipzig against Lyon [Olympique Lyonnais beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League]."
SS Lazio 2-1 Stade Rennais FC
Simone Inzaghi (Lazio coach): "We should've done better in the first half. We had trouble creating chances but we should've been more patient. We were better in the second half despite the goal we conceded. A team like ours shouldn't concede a goal like this. It's an important win, and one we're happy with having lost our first match. Now everything's open before playing Celtic."
Julien Stéphan (Rennes coach): "We had a very good first half and took the lead against a good team. But we were still lacking a bit of quality in the final third. I think we would've been in the lead before the break if we'd been more aggressive. We were all set in the second half and then we conceded two goals. [Sergey] Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto changed the game. Our games against Cluj will be decisive. Now I'm thinking about the Reims match [Rennes host Reims on Sunday]. We have to lick our wounds. We're disappointed but there's no time to dwell on it. It's a difficult run of results. Not much is going our way lately."