Coupe de la Ligue final reactions
RC Strasbourg Alsace coach Thierry Laurey say he would have killed Dimitri Liénard if he had missed his Panenka penalty in the Alsatian club's shoot-out win over EA Guingamp in the Coupe de la Ligue final. Full reactions…
RC Strasbourg Alsace 0-0 EA Guingamp (Strasbourg win 4-1 on penalties)
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "There was a bit of pressure on my young players but we won the trophy, not bad! We played with four 21-year-old kids who made their families proud. I'm very happy for Bingourou Kamara and he played a big part in our victory, like everyone else. I had 23 players and I had to make some difficult choices, I would've liked to have involved everyone. The boys who didn't play had a difficult day but still celebrated with the others at full-time. Eight years ago, I was unemployed. Now the adventure must continue. Strasbourg are back on the map. Our fans kept us in the game. When the chips were down I told my players not to look up to the stars but to absorb the fans' chants. We've been able to count on our support since we were in the lower leagues. If Dimitri Liénard had missed his Panenka penalty I would've killed him!"
Marc Keller (Strasbourg president): "It was a tight match between two teams who gave up little. We won on penalties so not by much but it we're very happy, it's great. Imagine where we've come from. To have a victory like this is beautiful for Strasbourg, for the whole region. We're delighted. It's beautiful. The fans were exceptional."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "We're disappointed. We had more clear chances than Strasbourg but we have no regrets about how we played. We defended well on their long balls to Ludovic Ajorque in particular. We didn't make mistakes and that was our goal. Kamara made some good saves. Neither team wanted to give up space."
Bingourou Kamara (Strasbourg goalkeeper): "We've been waiting for a while to play a final. It's amazing. The number of fans who travelled, we wanted to do something great for them and also for our families. It's been difficult this year but we've managed to do something big. I wasn't sure I'd play but the coach told me he was confident in me and I repaid him tonight."
Kenny Lala (Strasbourg defender): "I didn't think it was the best of finals, it was very difficult, but the fans were behind us. It's incredible. I'm happy. Bingou Kamara gave us the win. I'm proud of him. He's like my little brother."
Dimitri Liénard (Strasbourg midfielder): "Zinedine Zidane is my idol and me did a Panenka penalty in the World Cup final. I always said that I'd do it once. Nobody knew I was going to, not even my family. Before the game I told Jonas Martin that I'd try it. I try to do achieve something every year and I hadn't done anything yet this year! It's Bingou who saved us too! I'm happy for the Alsatian people. The match was difficult, with a pitch wasn't easy, but it's amazing to have a ticket to Europe. We've made Strasbourg history with this trophy."
Stefan Mitrovic (Strasbourg captain): "I'm very happy for my team, I'm very proud of us. We bring the cup back to the Meinau. I'm very happy for the fans who came to support us. It's a beautiful moment in a life."
Nolan Roux (Guingamp striker): "We played well, we were very solid. We missed a few chances. We'd come through on penalties in previous rounds but not here. It would have brought us some joy but we'll now fight till the end for our Ligue 1 Conforama survival."
Christophe Kerbrat (Guingamp defender): "We did everything to complete our winning run against big teams. Losing like this is annoying but that's football. Our cup run has been like a ray of sunshine this season. You can imagine, the dressing room was silent at full-time. Now we must quickly get over this disappointment and focus on the league. We have some big matches ahead and we must be ready. It was fantastic to see the Guingamp fans who made the journey, and this group of players really deserved something more. We played a great game, struggled valiantly, and we're sad not to bring the cup home."