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Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery had no complaints after his league leaders ended the first half of the season on a high; FC Metz boss Frédéric Hantz was thrilled by a first home win of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain 3 – 1 SM Caen

Unai Emery (Paris Saint-Germain coach): “Of course it’s a good feeling to have won our last game of the year. Caen defended very well, but we still managed to score goals, even if we could have scored more, and also avoided conceding that penalty late on. I think it was a good game for the fans. The team worked well. I’m happy for Kylian Mbappé, who celebrated his birthday with an assist and a goal. He did a great job for the team tonight.”

Rémy Vercoutre (SM Caen ‘keeper): “They have a lot of talent and it comes at you from all angles. We just tried our best to face up to them. I won’t say that we’re happy with the 3-1 scoreline, but it’s not far off it. They are the best even though, once again, they didn’t have their whole arsenal on display.”

AS Monaco 2 – 1 Stade Rennais FC

Leonardo Jardim (AS Monaco coach): “After a string of four or five matches in December, the last one is always tough. Rennes did better in the second half but I think we deserved to win. Now we need to make the most of the holidays with our loved ones and come back with a lot of energy for the second half of the season.”

Sabri Lamouchi (Stade Rennais FC coach): “We have lots of regrets even though we did concede in the first minute. But I can’t reproach my players for anything other than lacking a bit of maturity or killer instinct. January will be very busy, with clashes against Paris, Toulouse and Marseille. Being in ninth place is no mere detail. We are where we deserve to be.”

Toulouse FC 1 – 2 Olympique Lyonnais

Pascal Dupraz (Toulouse FC): “We’re disappointed because we got no points. We were too timid in the first half Lyon have a lot of weapons; they’re a great club with a great president and a great coach. But we still dominated the second half, and we need to keep that in mind, because if we can reproduce this kind of performance, we can get back on track.”

Bruno Genesio (Olympique Lyonnais coach): “If we had converted more chances in the first half and made the break, the match would have been very different. But once again we showed exceptional mental strength. My squad get along well and you could see that in the way they play for each other. Having 41 points at the break is great. We’re proud but nothing is settled yet; we’re only half-way through the season.”

Olympique de Marseille 3 – 1 ESTAC Troyes

Rudi Garcia (Olympique de Marseille coach): “This is an important win, as it allows us to go on holidays calmly, and you could see that we need a holiday. We needed to move on from the frustration of the last match and give a Christmas present to ourselves and the fans while keeping pace with Monaco and Lyon. Transfers? We need to think hard; I’m happy with my squad and we have no injuries. But we have to think what it would be like if we lost a few lads.”

Jean-Louis Garcia (ESTAC Troyes coach): “It’s a bitter defeat. We played a lot of good football and we opened the scoring with a remarkable goal. If we had been beaten by an OM side having a great night, then that’s to be expected, but tonight was a bit frustrating. If Hyunjun Suk has got his goal to make it 2-2, I think Marseille would have been in trouble. But, with 21 points from the first half of the season, we’re where we expected to be. It’s a positive run I think and if I were handed a contract to be in the same position (14th) at the end of the season, I would sign it.”

LOSC 1 – 1 OGC Nice

Fernando Da Cruz (LOSC interim coach): “I’m satisfied with the draw. It’s a point that will count come the end of the season. Given how the match played out, this result was almost like a win. We took over the team a bit over a month ago and we’ve taken seven points from six matches, which is an improvement. We’re two points from 13th place, even though pessimists would underline that we sit in 18th. Was this my last match as part of the coaching team? Well I’ll say yes, as I don’t have any information to suggest otherwise.”

Lucien Favre (OGC Nice coach): “We didn’t lose anything because we didn’t create a lot of chances. We lacked cutting edge and we should have put them in more danger. We’ve turned things around well after a poor start to the season but we need a more precise analysis. Our defence is more solid. We’ve turned things around well. But in order to get back to the level we were at last season, we have a lot of work to do!”

Amiens SC 0 – 1 FC Nantes

Christophe Pélissier (Amiens SC coach): “It was cruel result for us tonight and the lads are pretty down. Conceding a goal like that is very tough. A draw would have been a fair result given the match as a whole. Still, we have done well in this first half of the season, even though we can still improve, especially considering that we have lost five matches 1-0. That’s where we need to look for answers.”

Claudio Ranieri (FC Nantes coach): “A draw would have been fairer. It was a tough match on a tough pitch. We’ve had a good first half of the season but I told the players I want us to do even better in the second half. We have taken 33 so far, so I want at least 34 from here on out. That’s our ambition. I always want the maximum.”

FC Metz 3 – 0 RC Strasbourg Alsace

Frédéric Hantz (FC Metz coach): “Things have been going well for the last two weeks. Things have been going our way a bit more. My first month here was very disappointing: I was shocked to see a squad that had almost no belief left. It was tough for everyone at the club, but the lads have faced up to it. This was our first home win, and that’s important; it gives us hope for the future. This is a great way to end the first half of the season.”

Thierry Laurey (RC Strasbourg Alsace): “The first half could have gone our way. But we dropped off bit by bit after they opened the scoring. We were a bit fatigued, physically and mentally. The lads were tired, but if Metz could lift their game, then we should have able to as well. We didn’t make enough of an impact in the second half.”

EA Guingamp 2 – 1 AS Saint-Etienne

Antoine Kombouaré (EA Guingamp coach): “It took a while for the win to happen, and at one point I didn’t think we could do it. I though the ref was going to blow the full-time whistle. It was crazy and intense. But to get the win here at this stadium with our fans was great. At one point we didn’t think we would make it to 26 points, but here we are and we’re proud. We can breathe easy and recuperate now. All told we have had a great first half of the season.”

Jean-Louis Gasset (AS Saint-Etienne coach): “2017 has been a very tough year for AS Saint-Etienne. I have been here for a month and it feels like three years. When we get our injured and suspended players back and if we do well in the transfer window, if we can rediscover calm and confidence, we will see better days. 2018 will be much better for Les Verts. It’s a puzzle we need to solve with cool heads, but since my arrival I have felt that everyone has been nervous.”

Girondins de Bordeaux 0 – 2 Montpellier Hérault SC

Stéphane Martin (Girondins de Bordeaux president): “Right now I just want to express my support for [coach] Jocelyn Gourvennec. We’ll see in a fortnight. The shock of a change of coach doesn’t always work. Sometimes they can have the opposite effect from the one intended, and I’m not at all convinced it’s the way to go. But tonight was catastrophic, a huge disappointment, and we’re at the bottom of a hole. We’re hoping the lads will come back from the break rested and ready to reach the level we want them to reach.”

Michel Der Zakarian (Montpellier HSC coach): “We’ve ended the first half of the season with the league’s best defence, which is great. The team is doing well. We need to be aiming for fifth or sixth place and not content ourselves with less. [On the transfer window] We’ll see once again at the end of the season but right now we don’t want to let anyone go except lads who aren’t getting game time. We have a young squad and we count on our younger players. Right now it’s all going very well.”

Angers SCO 2 – 1 Dijon FCO

Stéphane Moulin (Angers SCO): “I’m happy; for the players first of all, but also for our fans and for the club and all the people who work there, including us the coaching staff. Sometimes desire alone isn’t enough to get you out of a downward spiral, but tonight the lads we rewarded for their performance. We’re still in 19th but we closed the gap a bit. The battle will be long and bitter, but this win will allow us to attack 2018 with hope and confidence.”

Olivier Dall’Oglio (Dijon FCO coach): “We’re still blowing hot and cold. We started well and scored and I think we could have got a second. But things got tougher and we dropped off a bit. At the half-way point of the season, we can say that we are a side capable of extraordinary things, especially at home, but also capable of losing the plot on the road. We were handing out Christmas presents tonight.”

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