Week 13 reactions - Cavani: 'Stay focused and score'
Edinson Cavani was a happy man after bagging a hat-trick in his return from injury as Paris Saint-Germain continued their record-breaking flawless start to the season with 4-0 mauling of Thierry Henry's injury-hit AS Monaco side.
Sunday, 11 November, 2018
AS Monaco 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain
Thierry Henry (AS Monaco coach): "We knew it would be tough against Paris. We had a chance to make it 1-1 but we didn't even shoot. In the second half, we had a chance to make it 2-1. But still, there was a big difference in quality and assurance between the two teams tonight. We lost another two players to injury tonight, and it's starting to get out of hand. I will see with the league as to whether we can make any new signings on medical grounds. But we have to stay positive and work hard. We're battling to beat the drop; that's our only objective."
Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "It's extraordinary to get a 13th win from 13 games. It's a great performance. We know Monaco are in a difficult spell, with several players out injured. We were able to score twice early on, but the first half was evenly balanced. We gave our opponents several chances. We were more thorough in the second half, more structured, and we deserved the win."
Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain striker): "It wasn't easy. It's easy to say that it was, after the match. We know that Monaco are going through a rough patch. [On his hat-trick] It's always great to score. We strikers live for that, for scoring. It's very important for the confidence. Every player goes through ups and downs. You just need to stay focused and score for the team. Things change eventually."
Girondins de Bordeaux 0-0 SM Caen
Eric Bedouet (Bordeaux coach): "We had a lot of chances, eight clear-cut ones that we could have done something with. That's the problem. We have to have more of a killer touch. Our problem is scoring goals. It's normal to have bad periods, we're playing every three days, you have to put things into context, be thorough but work with it. It was our 24th match of the season, we would have liked to have won, but didn't. The team doubted a little, the games to come will be difficult. But in those cases, you have to stay positive."
Fabian Mercadal (Caen coach): "We had two or three clear-cut chances in the second half, but you have to be honest, we could have lost with the very last kick of the game, which was saved by our goalkeeper. We were pretty good considering we were away from home in the position we're in. It was an intelligent performance from my players. We hoped not to be put in danger and cause them problems on the counter-attack."
Olympique de Marseille 2-0 Dijon FCO
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It's not the best performance from my team since I came to Marseille, but it's a precious win in the current context. It was, in any case, necessary. We could have scored when we were on top in the first half. We did it through set-pieces and thanks to Adil Rami, that's how we won. We suffered with a few Dijon shots in the first half before being a little better afterwards. Overall, we were pretty average, especially in the second half, but we got back to winning ways at home."
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "I regret us not being forceful enough around the penalty area in the first half. It's a shame, because there was space. We were hasty with long shots. Our strikers lack confidence. We didn't make a mistake with our marking, but we forgot to attack the near post for OM's first goal. We're in a difficult situation. We are stacking up the injured players, and we don't have all our weapons. The players have determination and the team was brave."
Stade Rennais FC 1-1 FC Nantes
Sabri Lamouchi (Rennes coach): "We're disappointed, of course, because it's a derby and I think my players — given the effort they showed — deserved to win it. There are things that went against us in the game, but since the start of the season it's bene the same thing, a feeling of frustration, disappointment, we have to do more."
Vahid Halilhodzic (Nantes coach): "It's a good point. When you can't win, you have to settle for a draw. I thought that we could do better, but I'm not at all satisfied with the way we attacked. We didn't suffer too much because they didn't create a lot of chances other than the penalty. Rennes have two or three guys who, individually, can make the difference. We don't have that. It's important we didn't lose after what has been a good run of wins, I can settle for heading into the break on that note."
Saturday, 10 November, 2018
EA Guingamp 2-4 Olympique Lyonnais
Sylvain Didot (Guingamp interim coach): "When you play a top three team and you put so much energy into the first half, a massive amount, then you know you might pay for those efforts later. One player in that top three side made the difference with two magnificent goals and that was Memphis Depay. If in the second half we had had players such as Nolan Roux and Ronny Rodelin out there then we might have been able to weigh more heavily on the game."
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "At half-time we sorted out a few things from a tactical standpoint. I asked them to put more commitment in as you need to win 50-50s in order to win a match and we didn't do that enough in the first half. I also asked them to free themselves up and not play with the handbrake on. Memphis Depay played a great game. His match against Hoffenheim was encouraging in terms of his attitude and desire to help the team. Tonight he got his reward and that's often the case when you're generous in your efforts and looking to help the team."
AS Saint-Etienne 2-0 Stade de Reims
Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "Leading 2-0 at half-time wasn't miraculous but it did show we'd taken our chances. After that, the way we controlled the game pleased me. We had a few opportunities too, notably the two good chances for Rémy Cabella. The team has progressed a lot. We have to keep in mind the second half and how clinical we were. The black mark was the injury to Loïc Perrin who felt something behind his thigh on his last sprint."
David Guion (Reims coach): "It never makes you happy to concede right at the start. My team was showing a certain amount of control. Saint-Etienne took their chances and scored two goals from two shots. Our play wasn't rewarded because we weren't effective enough either in attack or in defence. The players respected the gameplan but we were weighed down by the two goals they scored."
Toulouse FC 0-1 Amiens SC
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "This defeat is unfair based on the number of chances we had. We weren't clinical enough and we could have been three goals to the good after 25 minutes. It's very frustrating because we should have equalised at the very least. We could have obtained a much better result but we mustn't look for excuses. Above all, we need to find solutions and that means working hard and showing even more mental strength."
Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "This was a very good away win. Toulouse dominated the match but we were very effective both in defence and in attack. It's one of our least successful games in terms of the way we played and yet we won it. The points are important to us and the squad needed reassurance in terms of points. We rediscovered our warriors and that's important for what's to come. We proved we're a team."
Angers SCO 1-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "As we won I am happy. This one feels special. I decided to limit their space and to not get ourselves in numerical deficiencies defensively, block them out wide and then make the most of any lack of balance from them. They'd gone 11 league games unbeaten and this is a little feat. We needed it."
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "I don't know if the defeat was deserved. We knew their strength from set pieces. They scored against us from a corner. We weren't attentive. We weren't as good as usual in our use of the ball. We didn't pick out the right passes and didn't get in behind them. We only had one clear chance through Mollet. It's disappointing for us because it's brought our run to an end."
Nîmes Olympique 0-1 OGC Nice
Bernard Blaquart (Nîmes coach): "This is a very bleak evening. I'll remember the loss and the two red cards. We lacked a bit of experience with the first red card for Faitout Maouassa. For the second red I really don't know what was going through my defender's mind and of course I'm angry with Loïck Landre. What he did was unpardonable. After that we missed a penalty. We fought hard at nine players up against eleven."
Patrick Vieira (Nice coach): "We suffered a lot and we were below average. We took the three points but we're going home with the feeling that there's a lot fo work to be done. We were solid at the back but didn't create many chances. In the future we'll need to create more. We need to keep working as we weren't aggressive enough. We didn't put our opponents under pressure enough. In the image of Mario Balotelli, we were below average."
Friday, 9 November, 2018
LOSC 0-0 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Christophe Galtier (Lille coach): "Thiery Laurey did what he wanted to do, because he left with a point, but it's largely thanks to his goalkeeper. Strasbourg played very deep. It didn't stop us having chances, but we came up against a very good goalkeeper. We're frustrated because we didn't win, but I told my players I was happy with them because we played very well. We played high up the pitch, tried shots and crosses, but unfortunately there was always a defender or goalkeeper. We're going to have to improve the quality of our crosses and increase numbers in the penalty area. This kind of draw, when we dominate so much, shows the team is in good health. The players weren't rewarded for their efforts. We have 26 points from 13 games, that's promising."
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "I'm satisfied with the draw, the performance too, even if we would have liked to have been more attacking. But you can't have your cake and eat it. Above all, we wanted to defend well. I have to congratulate the players for the effort they put in. The aim was not to concede so we wouldn't have to leave ourselves exposed…We did something basic, but solid."