Puel: 'Everything is still possible'
Sainté boss Claude Puel says his side still have a lot of work to do after the 1-1 at home to FC Olexandriya; under-fire Rennes boss Julien Stéphan was proud of his players despite a nightmarish 1-0 home loss to CFR 1907 Cluj.
Thursday, 24 October 2019
UEFA Europa League Matchday 3
AS Saint-Etienne 1-1 FC Olexandriya
Claude Puel (AS Saint-Etienne coach): "There's a little frustration, and it's disappointing not to have managed the match as well as we should have. It's a disappointment to have conceded a draw at home but we have to improve to hope for a better result in the competition. Everything is still possible in this Europa League group. In Ukraine, it will be necessary to be more productive and show more quality. We don't have much time to correct things, especially since there are two games a week and not much time for training. We're playing well at times but things can fall apart very quickly."
Volodymyr Sharan (FC Olexandriya coach): "We were prepared for two tactical schemes of Saint-Etienne who played in 4-3-3, but we were a little surprised by Saint-Etienne's starting line-up, even if we had some leads after reading the local press. I am very satisfied with my team's performance. In the first few minutes, I was worried, but then we managed to stick to our game plan. We had a tough trip on Wednesday and feared we would have physical difficulties in the second half of the game. I also want to acknowledge the performance of our goalie. In attack, we had few chances but I regret Luchkevych's on 69 minutes. I acknowledge that Saint-Etienne created more scoring chances."
Stade Rennais FC 0-1 CFR 1907 Cluj
Julien Stéphan (Stade Rennais FC coach): "It was a surreal match, but there is no mercy at the highest level. We made two mistakes that cost us dearly and we were down to nine men. I am proud of the players, of what they produced: courage, self-sacrifice and good football. We had more influence on the game and we had scoring chances, but we didn't get our shots on target. It was an incredible scenario, but it could well have a galvanising effect on the team. I don't know if we've ever seen 28,000 people standing up here applauding the players after a defeat before. The fans pushed us, carried us, but we couldn't give them the win."
Dan Petrescu (CFR 1907 Cluj coach): "A victory is a victory, but I'm not happy with how my team played. They (my players) weren't ahead 2-0 or 3-0 at the break because they weren't focused enough. I understood why Rennes beat PSG (in August, 2-1). They have very good players. They dominated the game, and for us it was a fantastic victory. I told the opposing coach (Julien Stéphan) that he had no luck but that his team had played well."