Philippe Montanier after the defeat of Toulouse in Lille: “We are progressing”

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Philippe Montanier after the defeat of Toulouse in Lille: “We are progressing”

“How do you view the defeat of your team in Lille (1-2), despite good intentions?
It was a balanced match, we see it in the statistics, in terms of possession, shots, shots on target, expected goals. It was played on the talent of Adam Ounas on the second goal. But overall, it was a balanced game, we played our game, we did everything to bring points from here.

He lacked a bit of offensive realism…
We see that it does not play much. We were a little more present in the opposing area, a little more aggressive. We are a little more incisive in this area, even if it was not enough tonight.

“Against these teams, you need the spark in front and be irreproachable in defense”

You mentioned the level difference between the two teams before the match. It was not so visible according to you?
The positive side is the match itself defensively, in the middle, in terms of play. We competed with that team. We need points, we can’t be positive after a defeat, but the players played the game they needed, it’s hard for me to blame them for anything. We are progressing, we must continue to progress. Against these teams, you have to have a spark up front and be flawless in defence. We were 90%, on the two goals there is the talent of the opponent who speaks. We wanted to play this match, but with a result at the end.

After eight matches and as the truce arrives, what is your first assessment?
At the accounting level, with one or two more points we would be up to our objectives. We are going to take advantage of this international week to recharge our batteries, recover, prepare for what comes next. Compared to the defeat against Nantes (1-3), we had a completely different match in content, in impact, it’s positive. The defeat will not console us for as much.

Farès Chaïbi (19) scored his first goal in Ligue 1. What do you think of his start to the season?
He is taking his first steps in Ligue 1. Like the team, he is progressing. Last week he was very close to scoring, he made an assist. He is a fairly effective and present player offensively, who also helps us a lot in recovery. He is a complete player, he made a rather decent copy. »


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