Jean-Marc Furlan (Auxerre coach after the 1-0 victory against Strasbourg) : “I am satisfied with the result and with our match, even if on the bench, I was very, very scared. But we managed to contain a big L1 team. For us, promoted, the important thing is how we adapt to L1, the enthusiasm and the rhythm, very different from what we experienced in L2. And even if the project is being built for us. There, we lacked three attackers and a central defender. For us, this week is important, and it’s really nice to take the three points against this very competitive Strasbourg team, because now we will play teams that are a little scary, Lyon, Marseille and Rennes. This result is therefore interesting.
“There are matches where you suffer, but where you defend perfectly like tonight”
When you work on your team, it’s very important to put in place game protocols to get your players safe with the ball. There are matches where you suffer, but where you defend perfectly like this evening (Saturday), it is also a satisfaction to build a team capable of holding on and performing well in its sixteen meters. Do not take a goal with a “clean sheet”, our central defenders are happy. »
Julien Stephan (Strasbourg coach) “It’s a disappointment. I found it hard to be behind at half-time, because we had had opportunities before this Auxerre goal. We are in a period where nothing works for us. You have to know how to get through this period by being all united. It can be long, and it happens in a season. We also had a lot of bad luck losing players. We suffered a lot of injuries. There were many factors that influenced this game.
Julien Stéphan, during Strasbourg’s defeat at Auxerre on Saturday. (A. Réau/The Team)
There are things that work well, but everything needs to be more coordinated. We had the ambition to create chances, especially since we were not put in difficulty. Compared to last season, it’s more difficult, but it’s a new season. There, it’s harder in terms of results, but we’re all together and we’re going to work a lot to tighten things up…”