first team / Caen 1-3 OL

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Published on the 31 October 2007 à 23:19 by SR avec OLTV Le Bus

Reactions after the match between Caen and OL.

Jean-Michel Aulas: It was an excellent, intense cup match against an excellent Caen side. It was tough for them to destabilise an excellent OL side that featured several players who weren’t starters at the beginning of the season. Karim Benzema came on and added another goal to his stunning collection. Mathieu Bodmer’s strong performance was one of the highlights of the match. Against his former side. He plays in midfield when it’s possible but also does important screening in front of central defence. His former club, Caen, is an excellent club. Performances like this will open the door to the France team, because he has the talent.
We’ve started well in this competition after being knocked out in the 90th minute of the final by Bordeaux last year. We’re going to play hardball in all the cups, that’s a goal we’ve set with Alain Perrin, who has brought a new dynamic to the side this season. We hope to play 4 matches in the Coupe de la Ligue and at least 11 in the Champions League.

Anthony Réveillère: We started the match well despite the strong pressure from Caen. We created chances and made the most of a defensive error. We weren’t sop strong in defence after that, which made things tough and then we conceded a goal. The start of the 2nd half was tough. We had to get back to basics and be patient before taking the lead. We really didn’t want to play 120 minutes.
Since the match in Bordeaux, we’ve recaptured what we had lost at the start of the season: aggression and the ability to win the duels. We’re defending well. Against Barcelona and Glasgow in the Champions League, these factors were missing. The squad is doing well; it’s much easier when you’re winning. We’re on a roll now. I hope we can keep it up for our very important Champions League match against Stuttgart.

Fred: I’m really happy to have been a starter tonight. I was tough because I’m lacking game time and I had a lot of challenges to deal with. I’m on the comeback trail and I’ll do everything I can to win back my place in the team and start scoring again. But the important thing tonight was the win. I’d love to score at Gerland again, in front of our fans.

Rémy Vercoutre: I’m happy with our match, and above all with the result. We worked really hard as a team. We came here to win and now we’re in the quarter-finals. We just have to wait to see against whom we’ll be playing in the next round. Now we’ll concentrate on the match against Valenciennes on Saturday. We’ve had a lot of pressure from opposition supporters of late. We’ve got 3 home games coming up and it’ll be great to play in front of our own fans in 3 matches that will play a big part in the remainder of the season.

Sébastien Mazure: Our finishing wasn’t so good tonight despite several excellent chances. We faced up to a very strong side before conceding in the latter stages from a set piece, which really hurt us. The first half was interesting; we put the Lyonnais under a heap of pressure but couldn’t convert it into goals. Tonight we saw the difference between a newly promoted L1 side and a world-class side. A win would have done us the world of good. We’ll try to cause them a few more headaches when we meet in the league in December.

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