Lucien Favre drew the positives from Nice’s loss to Troyes; Lyon coach Bruno Génésio said the three points were more important than the manner in which they were won against Rennes.
Friday, August 1, 2017
OGC Nice 1-2 ESTAC Troyes
Lucien Favre (Nice coach): “It was a match that we could’ve won. It’s going to take time to reach our best level. There are loads of things we need to restore: pressing, tracking back, attacking plays. But tonight is far from all negative. Allan Saint-Maximin’s performance was very positive. It takes patience for everything to gel. We have to work hard but I’m not worried.”
Jean-Louis Garcia (Troyes coach): “We don’t need to talk about possession. If our opponent has 78 per cent of possession in our half, that’s one thing. Having it in their own is quite another. We accepted that Nice would have a lot of the ball. We achieved a real feat, showing quality in our game, in our moves and our attack. We were up against one of the best teams in the division, but I was confident we had the means to thwart this team.”
Stade Rennais FC 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
Christian Gourcuff (Rennes coach): It’s disappointing to start with a home defeat. We had a lot of ambition but we failed to control the game. Lyon have players who are capable of making a difference. This game didn’t hinge on much. It was a bit of a crazy game. We need to get wiser when it comes to managing a whole match, especially when it comes to keeping the ball.
Bruno Génésio (Lyon coach): “The most important thing at this level is winning, so I’ll remember the three points before anything. In the match we saw many good things, with and without the ball. Overall I’m satisfied. We’re still at the beginning of the season, we have players at various degrees of form and match fitness. We were able to keep Rennes at bay. They played a high-tempo game. I’m please we were able to snatch a win away from home.”