Laurent Blanc, coach of Lyon, after the 2-1 victory against Metz in the 32nd finals of the Coupe de France and qualified for the 16th: “Qualifying is the most important thing. In the Cup, the first laps are sometimes very hard, or even worse, that’s the charm of the Cup and why we love it. When you can’t achieve your domination like in the first period, you have a difficult match. I’m happy because the players are making an effort, even if it’s not always visible. We played with our weapons. We lined up a very young team from the start.
“There is a state of mind to improve, but not only”
We took the match by the right end. We had chances that should have been converted. Afterwards, when we scored, as is often the case, we had a little moment of unconscious relaxation which allowed the opponent to come back. Currently, in Lyon, everything is in difficulty. When you win, like there, it passes and when it’s a defeat against Clermont (0-1), it doesn’t pass. There is the state of mind to improve but not only. There is quality. It works but it is more difficult to acquire. I thought we would be able to achieve a clean sheet but we can’t…”
Laszlo Boloni, Metz coach: “We were jostled in the middle and in our camp in the first period. We defended quite well, but I regret that our attackers did not weigh enough in the last 35 meters. We managed to sort that out after the break. Lyon again demonstrated their ability to step up the game, but we were at our level.
“For the rest of the Championship, we have to continue with the same state of mind”
I enjoyed our second half much more than the first. There was the opener and then our immediate reaction. Then we missed the opportunity to tip the game on our side. Afterwards, we risk taking a goal from a corner, a csc and that’s what happened. I congratulate the opponent, but also my team and in particular the three or four young people still learning. For the rest of the Championship, we have to continue with the same state of mind. »