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French football quotes of the year 2014

Pleasantries

Marcelo Bielsa“There’s already one of ours who’s up there [Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa], and I wish him the best. Rémy, I think he deserves something else than Newcastle. I wouldn’t go there. You must get bored shitless in Newcastle.”
– Montpellier president Louis Nicollin on reports linking Rémy Cabella with a move to Newcastle United

“At Milan, they treated me like a king. People were courteous, welcoming and always willing to help. At a restaurant, in France, you sit down and not only do they make you wait for a very long time, but they treat you badly. It was disconcerting, but now I’ve adapted: if someone treats me badly, I treat them badly in return. I’m a real Parisian now.”
– Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva on the joys of life in the capital

Loïc Féry: “Thank you.”
Christian Gourcuff: “I’m not saying thank you to you [vous].”
Loïc Féry: “So we’re vous-ing each other now?”
Christian Gourcuff: “Yes, yes, we’re vous-ing each other now.”
– Terse exchange between Lorient president Loïc Féry and outgoing coach Christian Gourcuff, caught on camera by Canal+ after Lorient’s 4-1 loss at home to Lille on the season’s final day

“For him to be bad is one thing, but for him to be stupid is something else.”
– Nice captain Didier Digard hits out at referee Antony Gautier after being sent off for handball during a 1-1 draw at Saint-Étienne. He later apologised

“It’s not glasses he needs – it’s a Labrador!”
– Lyon midfielder Clément Grenier to referee Ruddy Buquet after a stormy 2-1 loss at home to Saint-Étienne

“I’m surprised by the unacceptable and immature attitude of Romao, who made vulgar remarks towards [Canal + pundit] Pierre Ménès and me because he couldn’t think of anything else to say after fouling me but insult me. I quote: ‘Go and suck that fat Pierre Ménès.’ Unacceptable.”
Bafétimbi Gomis, then with Lyon, on a dispute with Marseille midfielder Alaixys Romao

“So then Mr Gomis, about the ‘son of a whore’ and ‘tramp’ that you yelled at me on the pitch yesterday – I should tweet it, right?”
– Lorient midfielder Mathieu Coutadeur suggests Gomis is no angel himself

“The atmosphere on the pitch? The French were too arrogant, as usual.”
– Sweden Under-21 player Kiese Thelin after his side eliminated their French counterparts in an Under-21 European Championship play-off

“A coach is above all someone who works in the technical domain. And there are coaches who don’t coach, like Laurent Blanc at Paris, where it’s [Blanc’s assistant] Jean-Louis Gasset who takes care of it. I don’t like this model. A coach who doesn’t control the pitch, as far as I’m concerned, is not a coach.”
Christian Gourcuff

“I passed my coaching exams. Mr Gourcuff passed them 30 years ago. He should take them again and see that the job has evolved.”
Blanc responds

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La semaine en France: Week 25

A bite-size round-up of the week’s events in French football, for anyone who wants to keep up with what’s happening in Ligue 1 but hasn’t got the time (or the French) to do so.

Ligue 1
The compressing and expanding accordion that is the Ligue 1 title race was squeezed together once again in Week 25, with just four points now separating the top five after Lille’s 1-1 draw at home to Lyon.

Rennes’ fine form continued with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Lens, in which Razak Boukari netted a cracking goal against his former club. It was Rennes’ fourth straight league win and means that Frédéric Antonetti’s men trail the leaders by goal difference alone. Marseille are a point behind, in third place, after an André Ayew double saw them to a 2-1 win at Nancy.

Paris Saint-Germain trail OM by a point following a 2-1 victory at home to Toulouse that came despite a performance from centre-back Sylvain Armand befitting of its own one-man highlights reel. His spectacularly mistimed challenge on Moussa Sissoko gifted the visitors a 17th-minute penalty that Paulo Machado missed before Armand volleyed PSG into the lead. Adrián Gunino’s own goal made it 2-0 but Armand kept things interesting by ducking beneath a high ball and allowing Franck Tabanou to pull one back for TFC.

Lille’s draw with Lyon was marred once again by the hosts’ wretched playing surface but the pitch was finally re-laid on Thursday and will be completely revamped in the summer. Jean Tigana offered to quit as Bordeaux coach but then saw his side beat Auxerre 3-0 and was subsequently persuaded to stay by president Jean-Louis Triaud and majority shareholder Nicolas de Tavernost.

Auxerre have now gone 16 games without a win and are only a point above the drop zone. Monaco looked set to leapfrog them but threw away a 2-0 goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Caen. Meanwhile, Nice’s 2-0 win at Saint-Etienne, featuring an extraordinary goal from Kafoumba Coulibaly (see below), lifted them four points away from the relegation places.

Ligue 1 results
Saturday: Arles-Avignon 1-1 Brest, Monaco 2-2 Caen, Rennes 2-0 Lens, Saint-Etienne 0-2 Nice, Sochaux 0-0 Montpellier, Valenciennes 0-0 Lorient, Bordeaux 3-0 Auxerre; Saturday: Nancy 1-2 Marseille, PSG 2-1 Toulouse, Lille 1-1 Lyon

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