Week 16 reactions
Thomas Tuchel lamented Paris Saint-Germain's "lack of luck" in their draw at Strasbourg while AS Monaco boss Thierry Henry is looking for his team to now go on a run of good results picking up his second league win.
Wednesday, 5 November, 2018
RC Strasbourg Alsace 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): "I'm happy, and not just because it was Paris. We played really well, which wasn't an easy thing to do. We knew we would have to defend, that's not a sign of weakness. We knew we would need to be technically precise to be able to play the ball out from the back. In terms of our commitment, discipline and effort, I'm happy to take a point…Not everything was perfect, but they gave it their all and the finished absolutely exhausted. When you're not exhausted when you play Paris, it's because you're a cheat. And because I don't have cheats, they were exhausted. If you take things easy against Paris, you get spanked."
Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain coach): "This evening, we lacked a little bit of luck, just like we did against Bordeaux. We weren't clinical enough in our opponent's penalty box. A shot, a more precise cross...In the first half, we lacked precision, speed in our decision-making and structure. After the break, it was better. We completely controlled the game. We played in our opponent's half. We could have won, but we lacked luck. We have to accept the draw, but the performance was good. It will be even harder in Belgrade, we will have to be ready."
Girondins de Bordeaux 3-2 AS Saint-Etienne
Eric Bedouet (Bordeaux coach): "It wasn't easy against a good side who would have deserved to have the same outcome as us…Saint-Etienne gave their all, we did too, and we'll pay for that at some stage, I hope not too quickly. It was a curious game. It took a while to get things going, it's often like that. We weren't good in the second half, it was hard to watch from the bench because we could see all the problems, but it improved again after that. It went our way, it could have gone theirs. We're a team with character, that's good, we're never beaten."
Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): "It was a nightmare evening for us, losing two first-choice players in defence when we are already missing two. We have lost our four defenders in the space of 15 days. We finished with a very experimental back four with a 17-year-old kid and Monnet-Paquet at right-back. I got the feeling that nothing in this bizarre game went our way. Everything went against us. I have already gone through things like that when you get the feeling the sky is falling in on you, it was tough."
SM Caen 1-2 Nîmes Olympique
Fabien Mercadal (Caen coach): "We only played one half, and we lacked balance because we were chasing the game. We managed, despite being bad, to equalise, but didn't hold on to that in the little time that was left. We knew that if we didn't knock them off balance from the start, it would be difficult. We didn't manage to get among them. We let them gain in confidence. The mental aspect is crucial. We have good players, but they aren't able to express their qualities."
Bernard Blaquart (Nîmes coach): "Given the way the game went, it's a deserved win. The scenario is a bit bizarre, but it's a fully deserved victory. I'm happy with the way we played, almost everything except the finishing. We wasted a lot, that made me a little mad…We were a little surprised to dominate in the first half, with some big chances and the lion's share of possession. We have momentum, we're moving forward, we're improving, that's good."
Dijon FCO 2-1 EA Guingamp
Olivier Dall'Oglio (Dijon coach): "It's a win that does us good, both in terms of the table and in our heads. It wasn't a great game, between two teams who are doubting, who are struggling. My team never gave up. When Guingamp equalised, then we were reduced to ten men after Lautoa was sent off, we looked to at least get a draw. And then Haddadi popped up with that goal. I don't know if it's a rebirth, but it's good. We're not playing all that well right now. We scored a nice opening goal through Jeannot, but to play in a more spectacular way, we'll have to wait a bit."
Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): "It's infuriating, there's a huge amount of disappointment because of the result, because we gave Dijon the win, and also because of our first half, which was unworthy of a team fighting to stay up. Dijon scored from a half-chance, but we reacted in the second half by upping our intensity. We deservedly equalised, and when Dijon were reduced to ten men, we worked to try and turn the game our way. And then there was that mistake from Johnsson on a shot that wasn't even dangerous. I don't understand it, him neither. We'll have to play much better against Amiens on Saturday."
Stade de Reims 0-1 Toulouse FC
David Guion (Reims coach): "We had chances in the second half. If we'd been a bit more clear-thinking we might have made something of it. There is still a long way to go. We don't worry too much about our lack of goals for the moment. We have been well organised in defence and the attacking ideas are there."
Alain Casanova (Toulouse coach): "It may not have been played exactly as I wanted but it was a big result. My staff, the players and myself are all united. I'm not too convinced by our performance today but I can only congratulate the players."
Olympique Lyonnais 0-2 Stade Rennais FC
Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): "I don't know if I'm disappointed. It's more angry. In any case, I didn't imagine it was possible for us to play that way tonight. It looks like we haven't learned the lessons of the past. I didn't make the squad aware enough. I accept reponsibility for the starting XI. Some of them were tired, I should have anticipated that. We had a good 15 minutes when we could have opened the scoring. Little by little, we fell apart in our transitions, possession was given away, there were a lot of complications. We forgot to track back. I'm also responsible. I think we are an irresponsible group."
Jean-Michel Aulas (Lyon president): "I'm more disappointed than anything. We have to analyse this defeat cos it came at a time when we thought we had solved these kinds of problems. The players will have to talk to each other about what happened. We had chances but then we lacked commitment and aggression and were second best. We can do a lot better. We could have gone second with a win."
Julien Stéphan (Rennes coach): "I'm pleased with the result and how we got it. It was a high-quality game. We were in trouble for ten minutes or so but after that we were in complete control. We shut down the spaces well and attacked at speed. We have to congratulate the players on their energy and state of mind. We can savour this but we need to turn our attention quickly to Dijon [whom Rennes face on Saturday]. We'll need to dig deep cos we expended a lot of energy today."
FC Nantes 3-2 Olympique de Marseille
Vahid Halilhodzic (Nantes coach): "I think the team played well and we deserved to win. I ask the team to be more mature [after Wednesday's 3-0 loss to AS Saint-Etienne]. You have to be ambitious to win games against teams like Marseille. Now we have to keep moving in this direction, and win games away from home."
Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): "It's always the same problem. We were consistent and twice took the lead. The goals we conceded were exactly what we practiced in training: crosses, balls into our box. It makes you wonder what the point of training is. I want to defend my players but when you make such big individual mistakes it's hard to win. I think we ignored the fundamentals. It was stupid."
Tuesday, 4 December, 2018
Amiens SC 0-2 AS Monaco
Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): "My team were united, went forward. Unfortunately for us, we lacked precision in the final third. We had just one shot on target and did too many bad crosses. We're just not performing enough, that's the conclusion from this evening. When you don't win matches, as is our case right now, of course you get into trouble."
Thierry Henry (Monaco coach): "Sometimes you have your head under the water, other times you can lift it out of it. We're going to try and put together a run of good performances. The was some progress. After Massengo came off the bench, we were able to bring the ball out from the back and breathe a little more easily in the second half rather than just submit to wave upon wave of attacks. In terms of intensity, it was good. We weren't often in danger even if Diego [Benaglio] had to make a save from Krafth's shot. Amiens played very well. From our side, it wasn't extraordinary in terms of our performance, but we were able to hold on. Fortunately, Falcao stood up to be counted at times in the game when it was necessary. We mustn't get carried away. We have to kep working and build on the positive things we do in each and every game."
Montpellier Hérault SC 0-1 LOSC
Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): "It's been three matches now that we haven't started well. We haven't played badly, but unfortunately we make bad choices…The lack of concentration at the start of the game hurt us. We had good situations, especially in the first half, but didn't make the most of them. We lacked precision with the final ball and the pass before that to really hurt Lille. We're still in the hunt, we haven't been dropped. We have two matches before the winter break. We lost three points against Lille, we'll try to make amends in Nantes. We won't give up."
Christophe Galtier (Montpellier coach): "It's very positive to have won here in Montpellier, both in terms of points and our confidence. We started very well, but then gave our opponents a lot of freedom. We needed to put things right at half-time. It's great to have 30 points after 16 games. We have three matches left, we have to get as many points as possible. The players are happy with the start to the season, and wins like this one help them gain in confidence."
OGC Nice 0-0 Angers SCO
Patrick Vieira (Nice coach): We came up against a side who didn’t give us much space. We surprised them in the first fifteen minutes with our set-up, we created 2-3 chances that we should have made the most of, but unfortunately we were unable to score. Then they adapted to the game and it was more difficult for us. In the second half, we suffered more because we didn’t put any pace into our game. In the end, we finish with a frustrating 0-0. But as you say, when you don’t win, you mustn’t lose. The point this evening is better than nothing…This evening wasn’t perfect. We can do better, especially in attack. I wasn’t satisfied by the lack of runs in behind their back five. We wanted the ball into feet all the time and didn’t attack the space enough."
Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): "It was a bit of special game with Nice starting well. It was there that they didn't win the match. We then got the measure of them and levelled things up, but we didn't go any further, despite one or two chances. Tactically, it was good. It's a good point for us, we're happy with that. It has the same value as that against Caen, but not the same flavour."