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Published on the 14 October 2006 à 19:46 by SR & BV

Check out all the reactions after Olympique Lyonnais’ win over ASSE…

Patrice Bergues: That was a tough match against a very good Saint-Etienne. We experienced real difficulties against such an organised opponent, it was tough to construct our own play, to dominate and take risks.
We couldn’t play our usual game and we got sucked into playing their way, I think fatigue probably had a lot to do with it later when we started to find some spaces.
We thought we’d finally done the hard part when we opened the scoring, but it got even harder when they equalised with a deflected goal and then we missed the penalty. It really took a lot of mental strength to come back again and win, but we all know that that is one of this team’s biggest weapons.
The result is good for us in the league and is also a good preparation for the month of October and our next game in the Champions League.

Robert Duverne: The derby was like an international in terms of the pace and intensity. The proof is that we finally got over the line by introducing two internationals off the bench – without forgetting Loïc Rémy – who was very good at the end of the match.

Rémi Garde: This match takes a huge weight off us. We’re really relieved to have it out of the way. Relieved and happy to start the month of October with a win, especially considering we prepared for this game without our internationals – in other words: very few players.
Very relieved… because we were also at the merci of a Saint-Etienne counterattack. With Ilan and Piquionne, who have really improved, we were never safe.

Jean-Michel Aulas: We mustn’t stop winning. This was a really tough derby, but when you win, it’s always immensely satisfying. It was a difficult game because we were up against a very well organised Saint-Etienne side. The first half went exactly how Gérard Houllier had expected. During this opening 45 minutes, we controlled the ball and we felt we already had the initiative. In the second half, our domination became even more intense. They only had one chance on our goal whereas we created four or five chances. Gérard Houllier’s coaching proved to be the difference and I’d like to ancknowledge the great debut by Loïc Rémy who has just signed professionally with us.
I’m also delighted for all the people that support Olympique Lyonnais. They must be happy tonight. Recently I’ve really noticed that OL is getting more and more popular. People everywhere tell me they hope Lyon will win. That’s a great reward for the passion that reigns in this club.
However I must say that I was disappointed and betrayed by Saint-Etienne, who we tried to be especially cordial with, who complained that François Clerc was ineligible to play, even though he served his suspension against Sochaux. That really upset us. I guess in somewhere, the Lord evened things out in the end.

Loïc Remy: It’s a dream come true… especially considering it was the derby, every player dreams of that so obviously I’m delighted. There are two critical matches each year for Lyon against Saint-Etienne so I’m very happy to have participated. I hope other youngsters from the youth system will also get their chance.
I signed my professional contract on Wednesday. Now my aim is to give everything on the field. What’s happened to me isamazing, but I have to keep my feet on the ground. If I return to the reserves, I have to be an example to the others. I have to keep working to prove to the coach that I deserve my place on the pitch.
Sonny (Anderson) gives me a lot of advice. He tells me how to position myself and also what to do in front of goal.

Gérard Houllier: I’m proud for the fans because it was a victory from the heart and the head. Be fore the match I was ready for a very tght affair.
Since the start of the season, we’ve been in a lot of different scenarios and all those experiences bring confidence and forge a great mental strength. The team even had reasons to let their heads drop a little, but they didn’t do it. We could have felt it wasn’t our day but you have to hand it to the players, they believed in the win right until the end.
In the first half we weren’t good going forward, we were too disjointed. I think we needed that 45 minutes to get our fluidity back. We really got stuck into the match after a good 20 minutes.
My job is to convince the players that we can win everything this season.
I’m happy for Loïc Rémy because he was able to take his chance. He stepped up to the next level today and he’s a lot closer to a starting place than he was at the start of the season. I brought him on because I knew his ability to get involved and his penetration will help us a lot.
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