Despite the disappointment of defeat at the hands of AS Nancy last night, Carlo Ancelotti expressed his pleasure in the performance and is more than optimistic for the remainder of the season.
Although the loss is a bitter pill to swallow, the Italian is convinced his team should have won but realises next weekend’s game at home to Olympique Marseille is now bigger than ever.
He told reporters after the final whistle; “I am disappointed because I think we do not deserve to lose this match. We played well and played good football. Performance was good, we played with a good attitude and I think we deserved to win. We managed to equalise and we produced a lot of opportunities but we must accept defeat and look ahead for the next game which is very important.”
Striker Guillaume Hoarau was also in a reflective mood. The Frenchman admits there is a real air of disappointment in the camp but they will look to rectify it at Camp des Loges this week and put things right. “It’s pretty tough to take because when we equalised we were right on top and in control.” he told. “It’s frustrating to get caught out by a counterattack. It’s tough, but that’s football. We have eight matches left and now we really have to give everything. We have to put all this behind us and work hard and calmly this week. We had the chance to get a psychological jump on Montpellier but instead, it’s a huge disappointment. We need to get our heads down and work. Montpellier haven’t won their game in hand yet, so all is not lost.”
Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti has told AFP that Alex and Thiago Motta will miss next weekend’s Le Classique due to ‘minor’ injuries.
Quotes courtesy of the club’s Official Site.