Round of 32 reactions - Jardim: 'Deserved the win'
Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim was happy after his side outscored OM 2-1 for a place in the last 16, while opposite number AVB characterised his side's first half as 'shameful'. Check out all the Coupe de la Ligue BKT reactions…
Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Coupe de la Ligue BKT, Round of 32
Stade Louis II, Monaco
AS Monaco 2 - 1 Olympique de Marseille
Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco coach): "We deserved the win because we had a very big first half. Our ability to turn the game around hurt the opponent. We didn't make the best decisions in the transition to score. We conceded a goal but we scored two of our own."
André Villas-Boas (Olympique de Marseille coach): "We blew our first forty-five minutes again. We weren't good and then we paid dearly for it even though this was a game we could have won. We lacked aggressiveness and intensity. The first half was shameful. We talked a lot at half-time. It's not a question of the formation, it's a question of aggressiveness. We can accept the loss to Paris, given the quality of the lads. It's a shame, especially since the fans were there for us from the first to the last minute. In terms of mentality, it is up to the players to give the fans an answer."
Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille forward): "Tonight was in line with what we did on Sunday [0-4 against PSG]. We didn't do anything in the first half. Right now, we're going through a rough patch, so we're losing the games. Maybe we should start the matches by going behind, maybe we'll play the whole game then. We need to play all 90 minutes. With all due respect to Monaco, both teams were on the same level tonight. We should have shown a different face, but we couldn't impose our pressing game."
FC Nantes 8 - 0 Paris FC
Christian Gourcuff (FC Nantes coach): "Have I ever seen such a result? I have to look carefully, it's pretty rare. It's a beautiful evening. We took the game by the right end even if we didn't quickly convert our domination. With the goal, everything became easier. They were asphyxiated. Eight goals is not insignificant, and there could have been more. It's easy to say when we won 8-0, but at the start, it was the qualification that mattered. We weren't going to waste this game."
FC Metz 1 - 1 Stade Brestois 29 (Brest won 4-3 on pens.)
Vincent Hognon (FC Metz coach): "I am obviously very disappointed with the result and the way it was achieved. It was too open a game on our part, where we defended badly and offered far too many opportunities. We also had some, we even hit the post at the end, but it was clearly insufficient in the defensive aspect and in other ways too. We had a lack of aggressiveness, determination and generosity. We'll have to do a lot better against Montpellier in L1 on Saturday."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Stade Brestois 29 coach): "We made history, so we're happy! A big hug for my players, because despite a lot of changes, they stepped up. We had a great first half, with a lot of chances, but we lacked efficiency and Metz took the opportunity to go in front. We had fewer chances in the second half, but it was a bit the same. We wanted to get the ball and move this Metz team around. I'm quite satisfied with the lads who have less playing time but who scored points."
Amiens SC 3 - 2 Angers SCO
Luka Elsner (Amiens SC coach): "This was a great victory because it was snatched in the last few seconds. It was a deserved one, because of the effort and energy put into it and because of the number of situations we created for ourselves. But we have to be careful and we have to take a step forward in dealing with the small details that can put us in trouble. But it's hard to complain when, for 90 minutes, we showed such a willingness to move forward. We are showing the strength of our squad. We want to keep this spirit and enthusiasm and the best way to prepare for the next game is to make a success of the one you're playing."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers SCO coach): " We got what we deserved in the second half after making a catastrophic start following the break. It's tough that it turned out that way, but we made too many mistakes to hope for better. The first half was solid, with opportunities for each side. I knew for a while that it would be difficult and we were happy to get back to 2-2. Then, we were sorely lacking in maturity at the end of the game and it went in favour of the team that was the more vigilant. For Amiens' first two goals, we didn't turn up. For the third, our behaviour was poor. We contested a foul, a throw was taken too quickly... We weren't serious enough, and now we're knocked out."
Le Mans FC 3 - 2 OGC Nice
Patrick Vieira (OGC Nice coach): "I'm annoyed, disappointed, upset, it's an unacceptable performance for an ambitious club. The first half was catastrophic in all areas. I have trouble digesting it. We completely blew it. I was saying that there was no concern after Strasbourg, but now we must be aware of the situation, and I am the first one to take responsibility. It takes humility."
Stade de Reims 2 - 1 Bourg en Bresse 01
David Guion (Stade de Reims coach): "When the opponent gets back to within a goal, you never know what might happen. This scenario was ideal for Bourg. When we missed the penlaty, I thought they would score one because fate often punishes us in these cases. I thought it was going to be a painful end to the game, but we managed to stay dangerous despite everything."
Chamois Niortais 1 - 2 Toulouse FC
Antoine Kombouaré (Toulouse FC coach): "We got off to a very good start and we had a firm grip on the game, creating the early chances. But from the first lost ball, on the first counter, we conceded a penalty. I was very angry then. But we continued to impose our game and held out for a deserved victory. We were able to make the effort to get back to the score and, above all, to take the lead. It's a good victory, won in difficulty, but it does us a lot of good, especially in terms of our mentality."
Montpellier Hérault SC 3 - 2 AS Nancy Lorraine
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier HSC coach): "We are qualified, that's what I'm taking from this match. We played a solid first half but were less imperious in the second. When you don't defend well, when you try difficult things, you put yourself in difficulty. We wanted to press them high, to put intensity and play. There was a lot of waste. But Nancy didn't have a hundred thousand opportunities either - we still had more than them even though the second half wasn't to my liking. We played badly and we made a lot of bad choices. Fortunately, Joris Chotard, the kid, did well to score our third and took us to safety."
Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Coupe de la Ligue KT, Round of 32
Nîmes Olympique 3-0 RC Lens
Bernard Blaquart (Nîmes coach): "Young players did good things, with their hard work, enthusiasm and quality. It wasn't all perfect but in general they met expectations. We rotated the team but we still wanted to qualify for the next round. The 11 starters are all professionals. If they have contracts it's because we believe in them. Now we'll see what comes. If we face Paris in Paris it'll be difficult. So, we're not setting a goal. The draw alone could eliminate you. But with what some of the youngsters showed, perhaps we'll be less reluctant to play them."
Philippe Montanier (Lens coach): "I think we were worse than Nîmes both in terms of effort and technically. We played well even though the players had a good reaction at half-time. It would have been good if some decisions had gone our way but we were mediocre. Nîmes deserve to qualify. We changed 10 players but when you play badly it's those on the pitch who are playing. I was expecting something else. We didn't have the fight."
FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2-0 Dijon FCO
Paulo Sousa (Bordeaux coach): "Bordeaux has a history of cup victories, of winning trophies. This competition aside from the league gives you a chance to win something, but we have to stay focused. It's important that we keep moving forward and compete better against all of our opponents."
Stéphane Jobard (Dijon coach): "It's frustrating because I think the scoreline's too harsh. We created chances but missed a cutting edge. Our gameplan was to hit them on the counter, even when they were ahead. We have a tough run of games and I can't afford to use all of my best players in every match, but over the last half hour we embarrassed Bordeaux, we put them on the back foot. I'm very satisfied with some of my players who haven't played a lot."