The coaches of the two clubs gave their feelings after the Parisian victory over Lyon on Sunday (2-1), at the Parc des Princes, during the last meeting of the sixth day of L1.
Peter Bosz (OL coach, after the 2-1 defeat in Paris) : «We don’t deserve to lose. We saw a real match. We weren’t afraid to play. We tried to push high even if it is not always possible against a team like PSG. We did it very well, except at the end… When you can’t win, you mustn’t lose. But we didn’t defend well in the last few minutes. For the rest, I am very proud of my team. We played very well, as a team, we defended well. (…) The result is bad, but apart from that, I saw a lot of good things. I almost saw a full game but we didn’t defend well at the end. Of course, PSG had chances, but because they have extraordinary individual qualities… Unfortunately, we had to make changes due to physical problems, and not for tactical choices. (…) Players need three days of rest between matches. Two days, we can do it once, twice, not five. I’m afraid there are injuries. (…) We have played against the best team so far. To play a match like that with and against the ball … We progress with each match. (…)
The penalty? I saw the images, and it is not a fault of Malo Gusto, but of Neymar! He can not do anything … The first fault is Neymar and it is never a penalty. I can understand that the referee does not see this, it is possible, but the VAR, with all the images… It is a mistake. Malo is making progress and having a great game, like the 10 other players who started and those who returned. Karl Toko-Ekambi? He had a difficult start to the season. For three matches, he has been in the right direction. Lucas Paqueta? He also had an extraordinary game. Not just with the ball, but also against the ball. Today was a team performance. Jerome Boateng? He is not yet at the top level. He can’t play 90 minutes yet. I am very happy with him under these conditions. With Jason Denayer, it’s impressive. They are two strong guys, they are not afraid to play. For the future, that’s good.»
“We have improved compared to Brugge. “
Mauricio Pochettino (PSG coach) : «I am happy with the victory. We had a good game. We have improved compared to Bruges. I’m happy because we had a good match against a great team like Lyon. (…) I think it was a balanced and positive performance. We lacked success to score in the first period. (On the replacement of Lionel Messi) We have very great players in the workforce, a group of 35 players. We have to make choices for the group, on the 11th and during the match, thinking of the good of the team and of each player. Sometimes decisions have a positive result, sometimes no… But that’s what we’re here for: to make decisions. It may or may not like it. But we have to make those decisions. His reaction ? I asked him and he told me he was fine.»
Interview at a press conference