Romain Pitau, Montpellier coach, eliminated by Pau 1-2 in the round of 32 of the Coupe de France: “We gave this match to the Pau team, which was very solid, which played with its principles and as it knows how to do. There is disappointment because we did not know how to pack this match. We got into trouble alone by conceding this first goal. Afterwards we lacked rhythm and tempo to find the gaps and put the Pau in difficulty.
“It’s not a match that we took lightly but we got trapped”
We fished in the finish and lacked accuracy on the last passes as on our crosses. We did not know how to be precise enough to put the Pau in danger. To say it would be professional misconduct would be an overstatement. But these are things that we cannot accept. We can’t afford to do bad things. We were surprised, we had studied this team but we did not know how to apply it. It’s not a match that we took lightly but we got caught up in it. »
Didier Tholot, coach of Pau: “We had a plan in place, it was respected this time. We defended well, the Montpellier players don’t really have any concrete situations. We knew that on the sides, if we arrived with speed, we could annoy them. We did not surrender. We were compact and even interesting. At 1-1, we were able to get this second goal. I’m happy for Mayron George who worked and who today is rewarded.
“We inaugurated something that I want to see every weekend”
When you have this state of mind, you become boring to play. We inaugurated something that I want to see every weekend. It’s good to have eliminated a Ligue 1 club, it’s not easy to beat Montpellier, even if I think the players who were rested today would have hurt us more. My feeling after such a match is that we have no right to go astray. I set the record straight after the game in Niort (loss 1-2). When we respect what has been put in place, when we play with our qualities, we manage to be pleasant in certain phases of the game. We played, we didn’t just waver. We were united defensively. It is this state of mind that will lead us to support and performance. »