Week 14 reactions
Antoine Kombouaré and André Villas-Boas were both upbeat after Olympique de Marseille's 2-0 win over Toulouse FC, given their teams' radically different goals for the season. Week 14 reactions…
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Toulouse FC 0-2 Olympique de Marseille
Antoine Kombouaré (Toulouse coach): "Playing 10 against 11 against a team like makes things even more difficult [Steven Moreira was sent off after 41 minutes]. When you're 19th nothing seems to go your way. We have to keep believing. We have to prepare for a relegation battle in the second half of the season. We'll have to start fighting again soon. Even though we lost, there are things I was pleased with today."
André Villas-Boas (Marseille coach): "We deserved the win but I have to thank Steve Mandanda who made a brilliant save in the 70th minute. After Moreira's red card Toulouse were more compact and it was difficult to find spaces. We had a good game overall. [Dario Benedetto] fights for every ball, and he was able to score after an exceptional pass from Dimitri Payet. Benedetto never doubts himself, even when he's not scoring. It's rare! This win gives us a cushion over the others. It puts pressure on our pursuers. I hope keep playing like this until Christmas. The next two games, against Brest and Angers, are crucial."
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "We played very well, with intensity and rigour. We led 1-0. But from there we made mistakes and lacked concentration. We conceded from a corner with poor marking. These are mistakes that you can't make at this level. We tried to recover in the second half but then there was a penalty and a red card [for Islam Slimani]. We tried to win with 10 against 11 but we couldn't do it. After 15 days without competition [due to the recent international break] the players lost their concentration. I expect more from Slimani."
Paulo Sousa (Bordeaux coach): "Of course, I'm happy with the win. All victories are important to us, especially at a difficult time for us against a team with strong individuals and ambition. I'm happy to see our players respect the gameplan even when it looked difficult. [Jonathan] Cafu had a good game given how many minutes he's played. We work hard to have a stable group who believe in everything we do. Our fans were great today and pushed the players. It's important to be on the podium. It's motivating and matches our ambitions."
AS Saint-Etienne 0-0 Montpellier Hérault SC
Claude Puel (Saint-Etienne coach): "We have to be satisfied with the point. I don't like this kind of match with duels, clearances, second balls. There could have been a winner but it's better to be safe. I would've been frustrated if Montpellier had won. It wasn't a very good match; a battle. Montpellir are difficult to play against, no frills. They created a few chances and fortunately Stéphane Ruffier was great. It's not easy to be there at the right time. He kept us in the game. He's always good. With our injury situation, not many clubs could keep performing as we have. My players' mind-set was great. Some are seizing their chance. It's great for the club. It's a shame to have so many others out."
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "We both had chances in the first half. We handled their threat well. We used the ball but sometimes we were a bit lacked a cutting edge. We could've finished it off in the second half but Stéphane Ruffier made a beautiful save. It's difficult to play Saint-Etienne but we have no regrets. We had a good game against a team who are strong at home. It was a good game from us and I'm pleased with our performance."
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Olympique Lyonnais 2 - 1 OGC Nice
Rudi Garcia (Lyon coach): "We had the game in our hands when we were 2-0 up and we might have thought things would go more smoothly than they did from the 34th minute on. Sometimes things go against you that put you in difficulty. I liked our attitude because we had to fight. The regret for me is that, after going down to 10 men, we could have scored a third goal. We should have done much better and saved ourselves a nervy ending, because we could have conceded at the death, but it was important to win this first game in a series of nine matches for us. We have a young team and they need instructions. The players are listening and we are progressing. I think this victory can help us going forward."
Patrick Vieira (Nice coach): "We leave here with regrets, more than usual. We created enough chances to score more than one goal. Lyon were more clinical in attack and efficient defensively. We lacked precision with our final ball and the way we gave the ball away in the first half an hour was incomprehensible and damaged us. Losses of concentration are hurting us and we need to sort that out because it costs us dear against teams like Lyon, but the encouraging thing is that we created chances and we showed we could pose problems to Lyon."
Amiens SC 0 - 4 RC Strasbourg Alsace
Luka Elsner (Amiens coach): "That was an unacceptable performance from us, unacceptable to our supporters, our directors and all those who follow us. We didn't respect the profession. You can have a bad day but you need to at least fight. We didn't do that. We were not there from the off and I take huge responsibility. I made a lot of bad decisions, in terms of how we set up, my choice of players and no doubt my pre-match team talk. That was indifference and nonchalance from us, not football."
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "We played well but the main thing was that we were clinical. This result will have done everyone a lot of good. We were a bit worried because we had not scored a goal away from home since the season began. Little by little we are getting back a bit of freshness which we maybe didn't have two months ago. We have a lot of young players and we need to make sure we are always right behind them. They are good lads and they make for a good group of players, but we are Strasbourg, not Juventus or Bayern Munich. We need time for them to progress."
Angers SCO 1 - 0 Nîmes Olympique
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "We needed to be patient but I thought on the whole we deserved to win the game. We didn't get the breaks, what with the shot against the post and the saves made by Bernardoni. Our objective was to stay up towards the top of the table. We needed to win tonight but it wasn't enough to just say that. It is a real pleasure to see the collective desire of the team, but that's nothing new. We need to have that desire to stay up there. If we drop away little by little as people expect, it doesn't matter, but the progression of our club depends on us being able to win games in which we are the favourites."
Bernard Blaquart (Nîmes coach): "It is disappointing and frustrating. We are not far away but there is just something that is lacking, especially going forward, and it is nothing new. It was the right result, even though maybe we could have got something. We could have opened the scoring, and then we could have got back into the game, but take nothing away from Angers. We have lost a lot of attacking players and we urgently need to pick up some points between now and the winter break. Angers played with greater intensity today."
Stade Brestois 29 1-1 FC Nantes
Olivier Dall’Oglio (Brest coach): "We upped the tempo and got in behind in the second half after being a bit timid in the first half. At half-time I asked the players to be more aggressive, to show more of a cutting edge and be a bit wiser. We knew that Nantes had a few problems in the middle of their defence so I wanted to get in behind them into the spaces with Cardona and Charbonnier."
Christian Gourcuff (Nantes coach): "I am really pleased with our overall performance. We wanted the three points and we could have got them, but we had a makeshift central defence and we had players who had come back late from international duty. We needed to get out of the negative spiral. It was a reassuring performance from us, although the way in which we gifted them their goal leaves a bit of a bitter taste. But that is part of football."
Dijon FCO 2-1 Stade Rennais FC
Stéphane Jobard (Dijon coach): "We are on a good run at home and we are showing great mental strength. I like how my team perseveres, never gives up. We also played some good football and I really liked our second goal."
Julien Stéphan (Rennes coach): "I am embarrassed after that performance. We didn't get anything right. We were lucky to score, and Dijon showed the values that we didn't. We need to stop deluding ourselves. It was a collective failure. Nothing will be easy in this league. The lack of character in our team stares you in the face. We need to sort things out, otherwise something will happen to us."
FC Metz 1-1 Stade de Reims
Vincent Hognon (Metz coach): "Quite frankly we were poor in the first half. We conceded an early goal from a set-piece and then Reims waited to hit us on the break. We had a very difficult time of it in the first half, then there was the fact that both Habib Maïga and (Adama) Noss Traoré were ill, while Kévin N'Doram got injured so we had to make an early change. Despite all that we managed to come back into the game. It is a very positive point because, with the way we played in the first half, that is the type of game we would have lost earlier in the season. This time we came back into it and got a draw, and maybe even could have won it."
David Guion (Reims coach): "Our main regret is that we didn't make more of our dominance in the first half. We applied the game plan well but didn't manage to punish the opposition and open up a bigger lead. Metz then came back into the game in the second half."
Friday, November 22, 2019
Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 LOSC
Thomas Tuchel (PSG coach): "We had a lot of chances in the second half but we didn't control the game. Lille defended very aggressively but I didn't expect it to be easy. I have a lot of respect for Lille. We deserved to win and keep a clean sheet. We must keep improving. I haven't yet decided who'll play against Madrid (PSG play Real on Tuesday). I have a few nights to sleep on it. I wasn't expecting much from Neymar tonight. He's been out for six weeks. (Mauro) Icardi and (Angel) Di Maria are essential. They're fit, play well together, and both of them stayed with us during the international break. They're huge difference-makers for us."
Christophe Galtier (LOSC coach): "We had the best early chances, but we were punished by their talent and accuracy. We should have won the ball back in better areas and made better decisions in possession. The absence of Victor (Osimhen) and Jo Bamba affected us. We lacked penetration. We need to work on being more dangerous. When Paris led 2-0 they were in their comfort zone. We didn't do enough.