Grenier: 'A deserved win'
Rennes' Clément Grenier was thrilled with the 3-2 win over Lyon that booked the Brittany club a place in the Coupe de France final while OL president Jean-Michel Aulas delayed an announcement on coach Bruno Genesio's future.
Tuesday, 2 April, 2019
Coupe de France semi-finals
Groupama Stadium, Lyon
Olympique Lyonnais 2 - 3 Stade Rennais FC
Jean-Michel Aulas (Olympique Lyonnais president): "The original plan was to look at contract extension [of coach Bruno Gensio] at the end of the season, but Bruno didn't want to wait. Which makes sense, because when you're the coach of a big club like OL, stopping leaves a big gap in your life. I respected this request, so I convened my management committee to find a solution. That solution was linked to results that seemed to me to be very reasonable: reaching the Coupe de France final and qualifying for the Champions League. The first element is no longer valid so we decided to wait until the end of the season. Extending Bruno Genesio's contract has not been removed as an option, but it will now be linked even more closely to match results. It's a very different plan from the one we had devised and I'm pretty upset about that."
Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): "It's very disappointing. There are eight league matches left. I will give everything to lift the side to a second-placed finish and leave the club where I found it: in the Champions League. For me, that's the most important thing. My persona case in not the priority. We don't hold our destiny in our own hands, as we're in third place. The objective is to be within at least three points of Lille when they come to play in Lyon [in Week 35]. In the heat of the moment, it's hard to say why we failed tonight. It's tough to admit that we have been knocked out; I'm extremely disappointed not to be going to the Coupe de France final."
Clément Grenier (Stade Rennais FC midfielder): "We were solid from the first minute to the last, even though the change of formation rocked the boat a bit. We couldn't adapt straight away and we conceded a goal that might otherwise have done us in, but we stayed tough and stuck together. What we did tonight was the same thing we did against Real Betis, whereas in the return leg against Arsenal we didn't play well - perhaps we tried a bit too much to show our individual brilliance. But the experience allowed us to come here with plenty of ambition and given the match as a whole, it was a deserved win. Now we've given the people of Rennes, who followed us all over Europe for the UEFA Europa League, a great reason to travel to the Stade de France."