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Week 30 Reactions

Angers SCO coach Stéphane Moulin admitted he is worried for his team after they slumped to yet another defeat on Sunday, going down 2-0 away at FC Nantes. All the reactions…

Sunday, March 13, 2016

FC Nantes  2 – 0  Angers SCO

Michel Der Zakarian (Nantes coach): “We had decided to start strongly and attack them high up the field. The first quarter of an hour from us was of a high quality. Then we played very well in the second half. We were more compact and less direct. That led to our first goal. And the second goal was lovely too. It is also another clean sheet for us, our 14th altogether. It was a good afternoon. We are progressing, we remain close to the other teams at the top and we played well. We suffered two big blows in the Coupe de France and at Rennes, but we got back on track at Bastia (a 0-0 draw on Wednesday) and then with today.”

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): “We deserved the defeat. Nantes put us under a lot of pressure in the first quarter of an hour. We managed to raise our heads out of the water after that, but after the break we offered them two goals on a plate. And when a team opens the scoring against us we crumble. I expected better in many areas. At the moment we are struggling to cause teams problems. We are making too many silly mistakes and bad choices, we are too easy to read and we are not good enough at set-pieces. It is a compendium of bad things. We couldn’t have hoped for any better. Am I worried? Yes. Our results are not good. Perhaps we need to modify certain things. It is not the time to panic but we need to be conscious of the fact that we are going through a difficult time. When things are not working, it is my job to find solutions.”

ESTAC Troyes 0 – 9 Paris Saint-Germain

Mohamed Bradja (ESTAC Troyes coach): “In moments like this one, we’re not really in the mood to talk in much detail; we feel like disappearing. The main thing I feel is a strong sense of shame. I have rarely had to endure moments this terrible. We didn’t start too badly, but our first mistake dropped us into a hole and shut us down. We conceded one goal and then fell apart. I’m very disappointed with how the match played out. It’s infuriating and disappointing. We should have acted differently. We had a few chances to make things tougher for them, but all told we gave them far too many gifts this afternoon.”

Laurent Blanc (Paris Saint-Germain coach): “We really got the job done, especially in the second half. There are lots of people who will have something to say about what we have achieved this season. My players have been very professional, right from the first league match, which has yielded countless points and wins. And the title after 30 matches. Now we’ll be able to comfortably rotate the squad and rest some players. The toughest thing will be to play another month’s worth of competition, knowing that our season isn’t over yet. But it leaves us the luxury of being able to rest certain players for league matches. We won’t be neglecting our league duties though, we’ll be taking them as seriously as possible. We’ll try to make it to the finals of both domestic cups and we’ll do all we can to go as far as possible in the Champions League. We’ll just have to make the best of whatever tie we’re handed in the draw.”

Saturday, March 12, 2016

  FC Lorient 1 – 1 Olympique de Marseille 

Sylvain Ripoll (Lorient coach): “There’s frustration because overall we were solid. We created an awful lot of chances. We didn’t concede many and it’s a match we should have won. We need to accept it. A lot of superlatives have been used about Mandanda recently. Thierry Laurey spoke about Jesus. I don’t think he’s too far away when you see this evening’s saves. We came up against a world-class goalkeeper.”

Michel (Marseille coach): “I’m annoyed. There are lots of questions that are difficult to respond to in a press conference because maybe I’ll say things which will make you think I’m going to quit my responsibilities.  That’s not the case. I think it’s time the players learned the history of the club. After Waris’ goal, our performance was shameful. Everyone’s looking at the coach and the fact that we’ve had a lot of draws, but everybody’s got to face up to their own responsibilities. Me too. It’s time to, because there are eight matches to win and a couple of more games to try to win the Coupe de France.”

 SC Bastia 1 – 2 LOSC

François Ciccolini (Bastia coach): “I’m disappointed. We’ve been handed a lesson that will do us good and make us refocus on more reasonable things like staying up. Lille put us back in our place. After the first 20 minutes we weren’t at it. We mustn’t forget where we come from and we suffered technically and physically. Two points from a week where we played three times is too little. Staying up will come from the players and the dressing room.”

Frédéric Antonetti (Lille coach): “We played really well despite a timid start where we lost the ball too much. After that, Boufal did what he knows how to do so well and he got us on the right road. We controlled the game and I congratulated the players who were exemplary. It’s true that Bastia were playing their third game in a week. The league is very complicated as we’ve gained five places but we’ve still got the same margin over the relegation zone.”

 Montpellier Hérault SC 0 – 2 OGC Nice

Frédéric Hantz (Montpellier coach): “There’s frustration as we weren’t rewarded for our first half. The match was decided then when we lacked precision. We faced Nice at the wrong time as they’ve got big players back and had just beaten Troyes. It’s a good reminder to us that we’ll be fighting relegation to the end. A good performance would have allowed us to breathe easier. Between a team in fourth and one that’s 15th we saw a big difference technically.”

Claude Puel (Nice coach): “The two teams played a very good Ligue 1 game. Montpellier were full of running and faithful to their style. We knew what to expect from one of the form sides of the moment along with Paris and Lyon. This was a beautiful and well constructed win. It’s good to get back to winning away. On the 10 April we need to still be well placed. If we are, then with five matches to go then we can play for something.”

 Toulouse FC 4 – 0 Girondins de Bordeaux

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): “This was a great first game for me, a dream start. TFC has top forwards like Wissam Ben Yedder. It became more and more pleasant as the minutes went by. We still have 24 points to play for. TFC is in trouble but is not dead. If the players keep showing up like that then who knows? I know what to do on the last day, but up until then I need them.”

Willy Sagnol (Bordeaux coach): “When you commit so many mistakes in a Ligue 1 match then you stad no chance of winning. There’s a lot of disappointment and I’m angry. The players didn’t understand last week when I said we needed to stop looking in front of us. Our cushion over the relegation spots is becoming smaller and smaller. The desire to resign? That’s very new generation. As soon as it becomes difficult people give up. I’m from a generation where the harder it is, the more I have a desire to work.”

 GFC Ajaccio 1 – 0 SM Caen 

Thierry Laurey (Gazélec Ajaccio coach): “It’s a long time since we’ve played with such cohesion and we were solid. I didn’t dare hope we’d win because we’d made a lot of mistakes in the past. Given the other results this evening, it was important to win. We’ve been getting better in recent weeks. People are saying that with 42 points you’ll stay up. I went down with 43 points. I’d like to congratulate my players.”

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): “It’s disappointing. I can’t explain why, after a good first half, we didn’t play in the second half. We went from controlling the match and playing well to that. We weren’t aggressive enough in terms of our finishing in the first half, while in the second we were well off the pace and got eaten up by this Ajaccio team.”

 EA Guingamp 2 – 0 AS Saint-Etienne 

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Guingamp coach): “We’re satisfied with the result. We needed to play with freedom going forward and rebecome solid at the back, something we hadn’t done in four matches. We didn’t give Saint-Etienne much and played really well in the first half. We put a lot of movement into our play and attacked. The players put in the perfect match. Its’ very tight in the standings and tonight’s results mean eight cubs are concerned by the relegation fight.”

Christophe Galtier (Saint-Etienne coach): “We gave them everything they needed to get their confidence back. I think we prepared well for the game, but there’s what you do during the week and the reality of the match. As well as not doing anything going forward, we defended very badly. Guingamp deserved their win and we helped them. Very few of the players that played tonight showed the desire to be picked again. We have no excuses. We’re going to have to change our attitude if we want to qualify for Europe.”

Friday, March 11, 2016

 AS Monaco 2 – 2 Stade de Reims 

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): “After going 2-1 up, we had the chance to score a third, and we didn’t take it. There were two good saves from the goalkeeper, and then we conceded on the counter-attack. When you don’t score that third goal, you give your opponents confidence. Our situation isn’t good. I’m not annoyed, but I’m not happy. I didn’t speak to my players after the match. I never speak immediately after a game.”

Olivier Guégan (Reims coach): “We gave ourselves work to do to get a point. We could have done better, but we’ll settle for the draw. To equalise twice against one of the best defences in Ligue 1 is good for the squad. I’d like to highlight the moral and mental virtues, the desire not to give up on anything, even after conceding four minutes in and being behind 2-1 at half-time. The team played in a number of systems, and the players follow the instructions. We changed the system at half-time to cause Monaco problems in their half of the pitch and to block their play on the flanks.”