Week 16 reactions – Der Zakarian: 'We deserved to win'

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Montpellier HSC coach Michel Der Zakarian felt his side deserved more than a point after the hotly contested 1-1 draw with Marseille; Lyon boss Bruno Genesio hailed his side’s bouncing back from defeat with a 2-1 win in Caen.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Montpellier Hérault SC  1 – 1  Olympique de Marseille

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier HSC coach): “It’s a match we largely deserved to win; we didn’t get the victory because of certain factors beyond our control, but the content of our play was excellent. They had one chance in the match; we defended well but just lacked a little something with our finishing. Marseille had more of the ball than we did, but they just knocked it around at the back, which was no problem for us. We left them very little space to work with and they struggled to move us around. Our passing game was good and we could have had more chances had we been a bit sharper.”

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): “It was a tough match, as we expected. We were in danger on the counter and from a lot of set pieces towards the end. We played a first half that was too average for my taste, but the second half was better – we were more patient.”

SM Caen  1 – 2  Olympique Lyonnais

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): “Overall we played well. Maybe we didn’t start well enough, but after that we were good and created chances. They are a very, very good side. The players are disappointed because they felt they did everything they needed to do. We kept believing right to the end. We felt at 2-0 that if we scored anything could happen. When you score, the players who seemed knackered and with nothing left to give, suddenly they find energy again. This team never gives up.”

Bruno Genesio (Lyon coach): “We could have been in control of the game right to the end. Unfortunately, we were close to only coming away with a point, which would have been a big, big disappointment. But the most important thing is that we won here. They are a very difficult team to play against at their own ground, so it was important to show that we had plenty of character and could react after the defeat against Lille. Congratulations to the players. They were very brave this evening. Our play cannot always be flamboyant, although there were sequences in which we were very interesting. Sometimes you also need to just dig deep, defend together and hold on, and that is what we did.”

 AS Saint-Etienne  1 – 1  FC Nantes 

Julien Sablé (Saint-Etienne coach): “It was very much a game of two halves for us. We had a very good first half in which we caused Nantes problems and played with a lot of intensity. We created chances, were solid and scored a superb goal. Our second half was typical of a time lacking in confidence. We tried to hold onto our lead rather than go looking for more goals. We need to take the positives. The first half was better than we have played in a long time.”

Claudio Ranieri (Nantes coach): “It was a good match. Both teams wanted to win it and both had chances. I am satisfied with a point. We had more chances but this is a good point after beating Monaco. We might have some regrets but the main thing is to try to win, and one point is better than nothing. We were trailing at half-time and so I modified the midfield so we could push forward more.”

Saturday, December 2, 2017

 RC Strasbourg Alsace 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain 

Thierry Laurey (Strasbourg coach): “We played well. We had a bit of luck, we have to acknowledge that. It was a close-run thing. To beat such a team, all the stars have to align and you have to surpass your limits. We were clinical, even if on two or three counter-attacks, we could have done better. We dug in and we made sure that we didn’t do any old thing with or without the ball. The boys played great. They battled like lions, I’m very proud to be the coach of that team. If we don’t get carried away, we can think about staying up. Not because we have beaten Paris, but because we’re improving.”

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): “Today, we’re disappointed. The team did what they had to to win. We deserved to win, but that’s football. It’s difficult to keep winning games, to win all the time. During each match, we try to play well and win. Today, the team created a lot of chances, dominated the game. But with two opportunities, we gave Strasbourg the chance to beat us. When you look at all the chances we created, you could say that it wasn’t our day.”

 AS Monaco 1-0 Angers SCO 

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): “The first half, we were very good. In the second, the link between midfield and attack didn’t work well. We made some mistakes, but our attitude was good. The conclusion is clear: it’s a simply a win without a great performance. The team did simple things with heart. Twenty minutes from time, the players also said to themselves that it was important not to concede a goal. It’s also good to have had that attitude. This evening, the win and three points are the most important thing. We had lost our last three games, which wasn’t good for us. We’re not used to it any more. The team is improving.”

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): “Already we’re not in a good position, so if we don’t play in the first half…the players lacked audacity. At half-time, I said to the boys what had to be said. We changed a player, that was important. Our transitions from defence to attack weren’t working. To play well, you have to be relaxed. We weren’t really. I try, I look for solutions, I take risks. The most important thing is how the players are, how they feel and react.”

 ESTAC Troyes 0-1 En Avant Guingamp 

Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): “It’s not a good evening, everything got mixed up. We weren’t as solid and compact as usual. Guingamp did well, but we had chances in the first half. I thought Bellugou’s dismissal was harsh. We tried at the end of the game, we pushed a lot, sometimes though we were a little bit hasty. Of course we’re disappointed. What we did at Paris will serve us well, but I think that we hadn’t recovered as well as Guingamp this evening.”

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): “We played really well in the first half with a lot of chances. We stopped playing a bit in the second. Troyes pushed when both teams were down to ten men. As we had not given ourselves room for error, we were struggling a bit at the end. But regardless of how we did it, the win is great in our difficult situation. It’s a deserved win, we dominated the game. My players surprised me and Troyes certainly didn’t play how they wanted to.”

 LOSC Lille 1-0 Toulouse FC 

Fernando Da Cruz (interim Lille coaching staff): “Maignan again pulled off an exploit…We would have been disppointed only to have taken a point from the game given the number of chances that we had, particularly in the first half. During the last 15 minutes, we thought more about keeping the result as it was than playing. You saw a united team that went looking for the three points with energy and determination. That proves that the squad, despite its young age, is capable of digging in and committing themselves fully to the project.”

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse coach): “I think we played well. We didn’t deserve tolose. We had a lot of players missing in defence. We thought the best solution was to stay deep and compact. And we conceded on the counter-attack. We weren’t careful with one or two situations.”

 OGC Nice 3-1 FC Metz 

Lucien Favre (Nice coach): “I’m happy with that. We’ve won two in a row, six points, that does us good, but we’re aware that there is work to be done on the balance in attack and defence, we have to play better together. What I didn’t like is the goal we conceded. You could see it coming. We had a man short in the penalty area. We’re still trying to work things out. It worked for us today, but it’s rather fragile.”

Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): “We got back on level terms. A few days ago we would have just given up, that’s important. Overall, there were some good moments in our play, even though Nice were better collectively. In relation to our last two defeats, we had a healthy reaction, professional. In this kind of situation, you would like your players to be rewarded, but that’s the highest level, it’s pitiless. We need to play each game individually, like a final, just as the players did today.”

 Stade Rennais FC 2-0 Amiens SC  

Sabril Lamouchi (Rennes coach): “To not concede a goal and score two at Amiens, who hadn’t conceded two since August, they boys really dug deep. I’m happy with this win, but the team is playing together, and they went for their third win in a week. I’m very happy for them. They have worked well. We have a squad that is happy to be together, and which is being rewarded for their efforts. The players were patient, intelligent, and added that little spark when it was needed.”

Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): “We didn’t have enough energy to match Rennes. The best team won this evening. There’s nothing to say about that. We had a little bit less fuel in the tank after five games in two weeks. We struggled, despite rotation. We’re going to recover well to approach the last four games of the year well. In the second half, they won a lot of possession in midfield.”

Friday, December 1, 2017

 Dijon FCO 3-2 Girondins de Bordeaux

Olivier Dall’Oglio (Dijon coach): “The result is satisfactory. The players put in a lot of effort, despite being tired. The first goal we conceded shook us but we were able to react. It’s something of a problem that we’re more reactive than active. But that’s how my team are – we can score at any time but we lack concentration. It would be nice to win 1-0 sometimes! It’s good that I have a lot of attackers who can score. A fourth home win in a row is also good. We must do better away from home. The league is tight and it’s good to get ahead.

Jocelyn Gourvennec (Bordeaux coach): “We’re losing mainly because of defensive mistakes in simple situations. Of course I’m disappointed, because this isn’t what I expected after our 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Tuesday. We scored the first goal; Malcom scored a fantastic goal just after the Dijon equaliser, and soon after we had some chances to take a bigger lead. We gave in at the end, and if we want to play for the European places we must be more rigorous. We lost because we defended badly.”

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