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Unai Emery praised his Paris Saint-Germain team’s attitude in their win at Toulouse on Saturday; Olympique de Marseille boss Rudi Garcia was unhappy his side dropped two points at Saint-Etienne on Friday.

Saturday, 10 February, 2018

 Toulouse FC 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain 

Mickaël Debève (Toulouse coach): “We were unlucky right throughout the game. It’s a shame to concede a deflected goal. I think we played how we had planned to, the players met my expectations. We had very few chances going forward, but perhaps we could have done better. They’re capable of being patient. The danger can come from anywhere at any time. We just had to not give in, and hold them off for as long as possible. We almost did that, but Paris are a great team. “

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): “I’m very happy and I think the team showed a very good attitude. It’s good for our confidence. We won 1-0, but we controlled the game. We had chances to score more goals, but the opposition goalkeeper played really well and we hit the woodwork three times…But it’s good preparations, for the rhythm and the confidence. We played well and we’re going to be able to prepare for Real well.”

 EA Guingamp 0-0 SM Caen 

Antoine Kombouaré (Guingamp coach): “I’m disappointed because we started the game very well, we had chances to open the scoring, we’re very solid, we dominated, we weren’t clinical in the penalty area, in front of goal. It’s disappointing. Fortunately we did what was necessary to keep it at 0-0 at the end of the game. It’s a point that allows us to move forward.”

Patrice Garande (Caen coach): “We played with five at the back. We wanted to block Guingamp’s full-backs, who provide 90% of their crosses. It means the midfield can get quite a good bit of possession. The second idea was to have Enzo Crivelli up front and get him to run in behind them as much as possible. I think we could have done better. I think that we controlled the game well in the first half, after that we suffered a bit.”

 Dijon FCO 3-2 OGC Nice 

Olivier Dall’Oglio (Dijon coach): “They’re three very important points. I’m very satisfied with the result and the reaction of the players when Nice were leading 2-1. My team is capable of everything: leading, conceding twice in two minutes, then winning it. It wasn’t a very spectacular first half, but after that it was madness, with two teams who played well. The substitutes’ had a really important impact, that shows that everyone is involved.”

Lucien Favre (Nice coach): “On the balance of the game, we should never lose it. In terms of our play, we were alright, even though we were hit on a couple of counters. We had chances before they scored, but we couldn’t put it away. On the whole, it wasn’t bad until then. The team reacted magnificently after that. We scored two good goals, from nice moves, and then…If we put the result to one side, there was some good link-up play. We lack certain things, however, sometimes it’s not enough. Three consecutive defeats, it’s tough. we need to bounce back quickly. When we had our run, I repeated that it was coming down to very little. Now, we need to go and find that 10% which makes the difference.”

 Angers SCO 0-4 AS Monaco 

Stéphane Moulin (Angers coach): “There are two ways of seeing things: either we’re objective and we acknowledge there was a very clear difference between the sides that we knew before kick-off and that was translated onto the pitch, or we can say that we weren’t up to it. When a team like Monaco plays at the level they played this evening, in spite of our good intentions, we’re very far from that level.”

Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): “We played really well with a lot of quality, but also a lot of control and impact. We were always at it, well balanced. It gives us confidence. It’s nevery easy to play against Angers, which is a well organised team. Jovetic scored two goals and was very important for the win, I’m happy for him.”

 Girondins de Bordeaux 3-2 Amiens SC 

Gustavo Poyet (Bordeaux coach): “It was important to win this game. But we showed today that when we make a mistake, we can collapse. It passed, but we weren’t good. We lost our energy, our concentration. Perhaps my substitutions didn’t work. I thought that at 3-0 we’d finish the match well. The last 15 minutes were crazy. We have taken nine points since I arrived, but I need something more. It’s important to move up the table.”

Christophe Pelissier (Amiens coach): “Above all, we lacked discipline at set-pieces. We conceded two avoidable goals, especially the first after missing a great chance. It’s difficult to win a game when you concede three goals. But I liked my players’ attitude. In a difficult period, they showed a desire to go forward, they didn’t give in. It suggests there is better to come. We had lost our five previous away games 1-0, and hadn’t shot on goal in the last two games. Today, we shot 19 times.”

 FC Metz 0-1 Montpellier Hérault SC 

Frédéric Hantz (Metz coach): “I don’t have any regrets. We had prepared this game badly by losing to Caen in the Coupe de France in the way that we did. We lacked freshness and mental strength . We lost the ball that we should never have lost and got punished. In the second half, we tried things but in a disorganised way. You can’t afford to be trailing to a side like that. We deserved to lose the game.”

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier coach): “We were very solid, even though we gave them some chances. Overall, we were very solid. We controlled Metz well. We got back to a good level this evening. We had chances too, three in the first half. Their goalkeeper made some good saves, ours too. At the end of the game, we closed things up, defended well. It’s our second win in a row. We have never managed to make it three since the start of the season. We want to try and do that against Guingamp, even though it’ll be difficult. There will be four or five to battle it out for fifth place.”

Friday, 9 February, 2018

 AS Saint-Etienne 2-2 Olympique de Marseille 

Jean-Louis Gasset (Saint-Etienne coach): “It was a bit crazy at the end there as both sides played with four or five attackers in order to try to score the win. This was a good point for us, especially considering Rémy Cabella wasn’t allowed to play and Yann M’Vila fell ill at the hotel, and that we conceded after just four minutes. This was a game we could have lost heavily if we weren’t strong mentally. That’s something I’ll take out of this fixture as the spirit in the team was excellent.”

Rudi Garcia (Marseille coach): “I’m completely unhappy as we dropped two points. We didn’t do much in order to win the match and you can’t win games playing as we did in the second half. We played while walking and that’s not enough for us. We pushed to score the second goal and did so and then fell asleep and stopped moving. We need to roll our sleeves up and play at 100% in every outing. The two goals we conceded were inadmissible and we’re capable of better in every department.”

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