Week 38 Reactions: Who said what?

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Lille coach Rudi Garcia claimed his side were 'undisputed champions' after their triumph over Rennes, Sochaux boss Francis Gillot is expecting big things next season, while Ligue 1's coaches mourned Monaco's relegation to the second division...

LOSC Lille Métropole
Stade Rennais FC
: 3 - 2


Rudi Garcia (Lille coach): "We wanted to finish with a beautiful match in front of our fans and that's what we've done. We have achieved all our aims this season. We're are the undisputed champions with the best attack in Ligue 1 and the top scorer in Moussa Sow. Personally, I've never seen such incredible scenes in this stadium before. We could feel the joy of our supporters down on the pitch and we're going to enjoy these moments with them. The new season is approaching very quickly. The holidays are welcome, but will be relatively short. We'll be back towards the end of June, but before then we're going to celebrate the double! Yohan Cabaye told us yesterday, first me and then the whole squad, that he was leaving to join Newcastle in England. I respect his decision."

Frédéric Antonetti (Rennes coach): "We should have won this evening, but more than this match, it's the 2-0 loss to Nancy that's harder to digest. We miss out on that fifth place which is hugely disappointing, but our last third of the season has been very poor. I knew the end of the season would be tough, but this tough...? Physically and mentally, we fell apart."


SM Caen
Olympique de Marseille
: 2 - 2


Franck Dumas (Caen coach): "We knew it was always going to be tough, even if we made the game as easy as possible for ourselves. We're delighted. It doesn't matter if you finish 15th or 17th! We've laid the foundations for next season. I feel a little bit for Monaco. I've always said I love Caen and the club that introduced me to top level: Monaco. I'm very sad for them."

Didier Deschamps (Marseille coach): "It's great that Caen stay up. We played in a great stadium, an entertaining match with four goals. But this evening, I'm very, very, very upset about Monaco. I know how important this club has been in my coaching career. When I think about what the club means in France and internationally, it hurts. It wasn't that long ago that Nantes went down and that hurt too. It's another piece of France's football history that falls."


AS Monaco FC
Olympique Lyonnais
: 0 - 2


Laurent Banide (Monaco coach): "Monaco are a monument of French football and I'm devastated for everyone that loves this club. This season we've been punished for every single mistake we've made, but that's football and this season we weren't good enough to defend our place in Ligue 1. How can we be relegated with 44 pints? It's the worst thing that could happen to this club. We earned 25 points in the second half of the season. Some people think that perhaps it's a cloud with a silver lining; that the club can wipe the slate clean and start over from zero... maybe."

Claude Puel (Lyon coach): "It's great that we've finished the season on a high note and start to prepare well for next season. It doesn't happen very often to me, but right now, I feel ready for a little holiday. I'll meet with [Lyon president] Jean-Michel Aulas very shortly to discuss preparations for next season. Have I asked the question about my future? No, you the journalists seem to ask every day on my behalf!"


AS Saint-Etienne
Logo Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain
: 1 - 1


Antoine Kombouaré (Paris-SG coach): "I've got mixed feelings. We wanted to finish with a win. We're disappointed, but we still managed to come from behind and claim a draw, despite not playing well. But we didn't lose third place and the qualification for the Champions League against Saint-Etienne. We lost too many points at home recently to have any chance of beating Lyon to the prize. The plan is to build on this season next year and qualify for the Champions League. But it all depends on how much money we have available for recruitment because you can't replace the likes of Claude Makelele and Grégory Coupet just like that!"

Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): "It's a frustrating result. We dominated the match, even if I know PSG had several important players missing. We have to look at the positives and we've finished tenth in a very tough and competitive championship. For a moment we were aiming for a European qualification, but at the end of the day, we're where we deserve to be."


AC Arles Avignon AC Arles Avignon
FC Sochaux Montbéliard
: 1 - 3


Faruk Hadzibegic (Arles-Avignon coach): "We're heading down to Ligue 2, but we gave it everything and we've nothing to be ashamed about. Everyone will have to ask themselves some questions, but the foundations have been laid for next season. I'm not relieved that the season is over, it's a shame, I would have preferred another 15 matches!"

Francis Gillot (Sochaux coach): "We're fifth, just behind the big four! We couldn't have even hoped for this at the start of the season. The atmosphere at the club has always been excellent and no-one ever threw in the towel. The players have worked hard and are mentally strong. We want say we're just playing for our Ligue 1 survival next season, but it promises to be a tough campaign. We have to hold onto the players we have and recruit three good players per sector."


FC Lorient
AJ Auxerre
: 1 - 2


Christian Gourcuff (Lorient coach): "I'm very angry because everything we're feared, happened. We knew what Auxerre were capable of, and we let them do it. We're incapable of showing some fight, of digging deep, whether in attack or defence. We've got no excuses."


AS Nancy Lorraine
RC Lens
: 4 - 0


Pablo Correa (Nancy coach): "What a great match with a lot of beautiful goals! My overwhelming emotion is one of relief to have left Nancy in Ligue 1. I'm not sad, because I've prepared for leaving this club. Now I'm going to go a deserved holiday. I don't know what my future holds, but I want to keep on coaching, that's for sure."

Laszlo Bölöni (Lens coach): "I few years ago, a famous French coach told me that a team that wants to get results in the final games of a season will. Nancy wanted this result and they got it. This was an impossible mission to try and keep the club in Ligue 1. I've learnt a lot though, from my time at Lens and the most important thing is that the club must always stay in control of its own destiny."


Valenciennes FC
OGC Nice
: 2 - 1


Philippe Montanier (Valenciennes coach): "I don't know if we've held on to the sixth-best attack in Ligue 1 and the ninth-best defence, but at the end of the day, it's been a good season. It's a fantastic way to finish, I big occasion, the type of which I've experienced before, but will never get sick of!"

Eric Roy (Nice coach): "Given how the game went, we could have found ourselves in real trouble. The club could not have survived relegation. Now we have to  get together with the board to see if we can enjoy a slightly less complicated 2011-12. It's not easy to prepare a Ligue 1 club with just 13 professional players on the teamsheet! The end of season really isn't easy and I've had many sleepless nights!"


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