Olympique de Marseille’s Rudi Garcia was a happy coach after his ten-man side came back to beat Nice 4-2; opposite number Lucien Favre was disappointed but staying calm after a first defeat in six in all competitions.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

OGC Nice  2 – 4  Olympique de Marseille 

Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): “When you lead 2-0 it’s difficult to take. We started very well, we led 2-0, we had the match in hand, we were controlling the game. At that moment, you can’t lose concentration; you need to move the ball about, intelligently. Not to be hit on the counter when you lead 2-0. Of course, you need to want to score the third but above all, you need to defend well. We gave them the chances. We made mistakes that we paid for. In terms of the tactical management, it wasn’t that. We will need to look at our ranking at Christmas, at the winter break. Lots of things happened this summer. But this evening, we could have finished the evening very happy. But we lacked control. I am not at all happy with the way we managed it. At 2-0, you can’t do what we did.”

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): “We didn’t start too badly but then we conceded from two set pieces. But I think we got back into it because we started well, we attacked and maintained possession. We showed a lot of character and mental toughness. To get to 3-2 up at half-time after being two goals down, you need to be tough – and the lads were. Bravo to them. We’ve won three in a row now, and if you put runs together you climb the table. We’re in the top four (third) now, a ranking that is one of our objectives. Our win tonight came thanks to the rotation on Thursday (in the Europa League loss to Red Bull Salzburg).

 Angers SCO 3-3 Olympique Lyonnais 

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): “We need to put this result into context and be objective because the game could have been over at half-time. We came in 3-1 down but it could have been worse, and yet we gave ourselves a chance and there comes a first time when you need to raise your voice in the dressing room to make everyone realise what the situation is. We didn’t perform against Metz and we didn’t perform in the first half against Lyon. That is two games in a row at home. That is not acceptable, even if the opposition is stronger than us. We couldn’t have left the stadium on the back of that first-half performance. We put things in order and I was really pleased with the second half, which was on a completely different level. We did have the extra man but even without that I think they would have suffered.”

Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): “It is much the same feeling as I have had recently. Enormously disappointed, enormously frustrated. Angry too. It is difficult to control a match away from home more than we did for an hour, and it is even more difficult not to win it. We are responsible because, even though we were down to 10 men, we need to be more wary and calmer when we have a two-goal lead.”

ESTAC Troyes  2 – 1  AS Saint-Etienne 

Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): “It was a great performance from the team against a Saint-Etienne side who were playing for a place on the podium. We had control in the first half. The red card changed the game but we handled it intelligently. The players dug in and stuck together. I enjoyed the team’s reaction when Saint-Etienne equalised. We were much more clinical than in recent matches at home and we always tried to be dangerous. I made big decisions and the squad reacted well. There are no stars in our team. We are still on an apprenticeship but we are progressing.”

Óscar García (Saint-Etienne coach): “It is natural that we are disappointed because we worked hard on things in training but were then unable to reproduce them here. Troyes had two chances and scored twice. On the other hand, we were unable to take our chances. We need to keep working. We don’t have the sufficient quality to say we are better than other sides. It is not a satisfying match but if you had said to me before the season began that we would be where we are now, I would have been happy.”

Saturday, September 30, 2017

 Paris Saint-Germain 6-2 Girondins de Bordeaux 

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): “First of all I’m happy we got all three points against Bordeaux, a good team who were in third place on the league table. Right now, we have taken a lead over Monaco. It was also important to win in front of our fans so that they could enjoy some beautiful football. We’re very happy about that. Scoring goals is good for the spectacle, but I’m not happy that we conceded two. We will work to keep improving, to have a team that’s even sharper in attack more solid at the back.”

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): “We didn’t manage to meet our challenge. We simply weren’t there defensively in the first half. We gave them too much space. We were disciplined in our efforts, but we didn’t get close enough to them. It was a little better in the second half, but they also pressed less. We started well, but Neymar’s extraordinary goal left us a bit dazed. We were too passive, not active defensively, and they were exceptionaly technically. We used the ball, we were often in the penalty area. Just as against Munich, they had too much space, and when they get that, they don’t make a mistake, and exploit it with surgical precision.”

 EA Guingamp 1-1 Toulouse FC 

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): “We’re not going to say we’re disappointed because we didn’t play well. The turning point was Lafont’s save from Salibur for what would have been the second goal. Toulouse deservedly equalised. Even if it’s our first stumble at home, it’s a point that keeps us moving forward. We lacked a clinical edge, and made too many mistakes as we were too hasty. Toulouse pressed us a lot. It was the kind of match you have to be able not to lose.”

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): “We only conceded one, but we have regrets. Our team dominated overall, their football was good. Unfortunately, the team was still in the bus at the start of the game, it’s very difficult to go behind after just two minutes. Our aim is to exist in this league and for that, we have to play to our strengths.”

 Dijon FCO 1-1 RC Strasbourg 

Olivier Dall’Oglio (Dijon coach): “I’m frustrated by this result. We again conceded a goal due to a defensive problem. I’m very annoyed with the first half, which was insipid. It was better after that. We managed to score. The red card was fair, but we have to show more character. We didn’t go for it, which is what you have to do in these kinds of matches. I didn’t recognise my team in comparison to what we showed at Lyon. We have to be more intelligent in our play. We have dropped two points and frankly that annoys me.”

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): “It’s a point that does us a lot of good. I think the draw is fair. We have technical and tactical weaknesses that are sometimes glaring, but they’re getting less and we aren’t lacking enthusiasm. It’s clear that it’s not enough though. We had a good first half, but Dijon took control after that and we gave them a goal. But we kept believing right to the end.”

 Stade Rennais FC 0-1 SM Caen 

Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): “It was a bad performane. Caen posed us problems with long balls up to Santini. What’s more worrying is that while we can concede and fall behind, the team just crumbled completely. There were errors, inability to construct, to move forward at pace. They wanted to but they just didn’t have it in them. That’s not normal because there were still 45 minutes to go. We had three chances in the first half, and there are practically none in the second. How can things go like that? Of course it’s worrying.

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): “We’re very happy to have won, that’s the most important thing. We’re aware it wasn’t a great performance, but we showed other qualities, other virtues, that’s important. In the first half especially we played backwards too much, we took certain liberties that could have cost us dear. The first 20 minutes of the second half were not bad, and after that we defended a lot and defended well. The main thing was to keep our momentum, and it’s promising to have 15 points.”

 FC Nantes 1-0 FC Metz 

Claudio Ranieri (FC Nantes coach): “We did everything right up until the last incident, in which there were a lot of mistakes; We had the opportunity to get a fine win and we gifted them a penalty. We should have shown more character in the closing minutes. We started the game well. I changed a lot of players compared to the last game. For the first time, we scored early. We’re not used to that. I wanted to score a second in order to be calmer.”

Philippe Hinschberger (Metz coach): “We didn’t start the game well and allowed them to get in the first cross. We chased the game throughout, but we deserved a point. In the dressing room after the game, everyone encouraged each other. My personal situation isn’t the subject, but I have had better times in my career.”

 Amiens SC – LOSC match abandoned

Friday, September 29, 2017

 AS Monaco 1-1 Montpellier Hérault SC 

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): “Our opponents played well. They played on the counter-attack in the first half. In the second, they went more long ball, but they were always trying to score. As for us, we lacked quality in our transitions in the second half. Speed isn’t one of our characteristics right now. But more important than speed is movement and runs, which we lacked in the second half. I changed five players for the team to stay balanced. The players were not very tired apart from Falcao, Fabinho and Sidibé. For the others, I can’t believe they’re tired.”

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): “We played a very good match. We had good chances before they scored. We played fantastically defensively and aggressively. We lacked some technical precision, but we didn’t give up. The substitutes made a contribution with the header and the goal. We had the mental strength and the courage to get back into it. We wouldn’t have deserved to leave empty-handed.”

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