Matchday 4 reactions - Stéphan: 'A high price'
Rennes coach Julien Stéphan blamed his side's European exit on a lack of sharpness after they lost 1-0 to Cluj; Sainté boss Claude Puel was livid after his side shipped two late goals to draw 2-2 with FC Olexandriya.
Thursday, 7 November 2019
UEFA Europa League Matchday 4
Group E, Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium
CFR 1907 Cluj 1-0 Stade Rennais FC
Dan Petrescu (CFR 1907 Cluj coach): "This is the life of a coach, it's hard, but the match is over now, and we are happy. With good set pieces and little luck, you can beat a better team than you. Rennes have beaten PSG twice in the last three months - they're a fantastic team. Now we have six points thanks to an excellent night from the players."
Julien Stéphan (Stade Rennais FC coach): "When you don't seize the opportunities, you remain at the mercy of your opponent. We are paying a high price for our lack of efficiency tonight, but this is not the first time this has happened. We must admit that we have certain limitations in this regard. Nevertheless, in terms of how we played, there have been some promising things - we succeeded in creating opportunities, but that is not enough. We need to be sharper."
Group I, CSC Nika Stadium
FC Olexandriya 2-2 AS Saint-Etienne
Claude Puel (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "There is certainly disappointment. It's a pity. We gave it all we had. It was very difficult - we were under the pump. They systematically played very long and second balls into our area. It's infuriating and very frustrating to concede two goals like that, when you've made the difference. But we're still in it."