Claude Puel : "A true cup match"
Satisfied by the abnegation showed by his players to reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France, the General Manager of ASSE cares to recognize Épinal’s performance.
ASSE has obtained its objective. Is this your main source of satisfaction?
The main things was to pass this round and we did it. We knew what to expect from this team which played a big match against Lille and which repeated this feat this evening. Épinal made their presence known and played a good game. It was a true Cup match, you had to be in this state of abnegation, roll up your sleeves. You have to say bravo to the two teams for the match they they played this evening. My players gave it their all.
Did the quality of Épinal surprise you?
We could have and should have gotten out easily from our opponent’s pressing and we lacked technical fluidity but Épinal deserves all the honours. With its pressing, its density and its very direct game, they put pressure on us the same way they did against Lille. It’s always difficult to play this type of match, even if they play in the fourth division. It’s not easy to play a match of this intensity with several players like Mahdi Camara, Assane Dioussé and Gabriel Silva who are playing their recovery match tonight. In this moment, it’s not easy to play consecutive matches every three days but in difficult situations you have to take some positive from such a fight.
Are you making the Coupe de France your first objective?
The number one objective is always the next match and I do not know how we’re going to recover and on which players we will be able to count next Sunday in Brest. The most important thing, is to stop our spiral in the championship. That’s why this victory does us good. We always get back to fighting condition after a victory.
What is your reaction to the draw that will see you play Stade Rennais on your home turf in the semi-finals?
It’s a semi-final. We will see when and how they will present themselves. I simply hope that we’ll recover some players for this match.
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- Saturday 07 Mar #ASSEFCGB Claude Puel : "In combat mode"
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- Friday 06 Mar #ASSESRFC Claude Puel: "I congratulate them
- Wednesday 04 Mar #ASSESRFC Claude Puel : "Play at our best level"
- Wednesday 04 Mar #ASSESRFC Mahdi Camara : "A match unlike any other"
- Monday 02 Mar #Derby OL 2-0 ASSE : The highlights
- Sunday 01 Mar #Derby Claude Puel : "Move forward"
- Friday 28 Feb #DERBY Claude Puel : "Twice as much motivation"
- Friday 28 Feb #DERBY Yohan Cabaye : "Play with our head and our heart"
- Tuesday 25 Feb #ASSESDR Win a shirt signed by William Saliba
- Monday 24 Feb #ASSESDR Behind the scenes
- Sunday 23 Feb #ASSESDR Claude Puel : "Looking forward"
- Friday 21 Feb #ASSESDR Claude Puel : "React all together"
- Friday 21 Feb #ASSESDR Loïs Diony : "I am a warrior"
- Sunday 16 Feb #SB29ASSE Claude Puel : "Be aware of the situation"
- Saturday 15 Feb #SB29ASSE Claude Puel : "With the right mindset"
- Friday 14 Feb #SASASSE Claude Puel : "A true cup match"
- Wednesday 12 Feb #SASASSE William Saliba : "Seize our chance"
- Monday 10 Feb #MHSCASSE MHSC 1-0 ASSE : The highlights
- Sunday 09 Feb #MHSCASSE Claude Puel : "We need confidence"
- Friday 07 Feb #MHSCASSE Franck Honorat : "Quickly win again"
- Thursday 06 Feb #ASSEOM ASSE 0-2 OM : The highlights
- Wednesday 05 Feb #ASSEOM Claude Puel : "We gave it our all"
- Tuesday 04 Feb #ASSEOM Claude Puel : "We have to work our butts off"
- Tuesday 04 Feb #ASSEOM Loïc Perrin : "Show that we're not where we should be"
- Sunday 02 Feb #FCMASSE Claude Puel : "A lesson of efficiency"
- Wednesday 29 Jan #ASMASSE AS Monaco 0-1 ASSE : The highlights
- Wednesday 29 Jan #ASMASSE Claude Puel : "The victory of a team"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASMASSE Claude Puel : "We want to continue the adventure in the cup"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASMASSE Denis Bouanga : "We want to qualify"
- Monday 27 Jan #ASSENO ASSE 2-1 Nîmes : The highlights
- Saturday 25 Jan #ASSENO Claude Puel : "We had to fight"
- Thursday 23 Jan #ASSENO Claude Puel : "We'll have to fight"
- Thursday 23 Jan #ASSENO Wahbi Khazri : "Capable of doing great things"
- Sunday 19 Jan #PFCASSE Paris FC 2-3 ASSE : The highlights
- Saturday 18 Jan #PFCASSE Claude Puel : "We're building ourselves up in a difficult period"
- Friday 17 Jan #PFCASSE Claude Puel : "Desire to react"
- Friday 17 Jan #PFCASSE Yohan Cabaye : "Confidence is super important"