Press conference

Farioli: ‘Well done to the players and the fans’

Here is what Francesco Farioli had to say in the post-match press conference, following Le Gym’s 2-1 loss to PSG on Wednesday.

What do you regret the most from tonight’s game? What was the biggest turning point, Morgan’s shot or Bard’s red card?
There were a number of key moments during the game: Khephren's chance after just a few minutes... We had a period of 5 or 10 minutes in the first half where we lost our way a little. We got tired. Against a team of this quality, when you concede something, you pay dearly for it. Tonight, I'm a bit upset because we conceded something that we don't normally concede. On the other hand, I think there are compliments to be paid to the players. In my opinion, they played a match of the highest calibre, with character, desire and determination. We played 11 against 11, creating a lot of situations and chances. We continued to show what we stand for and defended our identity, trying to win the ball back even when we were down to 10 men. The only bitter pill to swallow tonight was a few moments that we could have handled with a little more maturity. On the other hand, I think overall the team did very well. Tonight, in some respects, we gave ourselves a Champions League evening in an atmosphere that was brilliant for 90 minutes. Well done to the players and the fans.

You have reached the club’s goals for this season, but we can still feel a certain disappointment this evening… 
Yes, I completely agree. At the end of the day, tonight's match tells the story of our season, for the many chances we created, for the fact that we were always close to taking a big step forward. I think if we take an objective look at what our season has been like, we really should be happy. We set out with the objective of a top 6 finish, and we've managed to play these last two games with the assurance of finishing in the top 5. Our ambition and our desire to do even better has left a bitter taste in our mouths tonight. On the other hand, the season has been more than positive, with a lot of players coming through, players who didn't play much last season. Bulka is certainly an example of that, but the progress of Melvin, Todibo... There are many positive things, but I repeat: our season is not over. We've still got one match to go, and we want to do the league proud right to the end, go to Lille to play another great match and finish as well as we can.

Nice will play in the UEFA Europa League next season. Will you be the Nice coach?
I've already answered this question many times. We're are entirely focused on finishing the season. We're not here to talk about me. We're here to talk about the team, what they've achieved - and they've achieved a lot of great things - so for the umpteenth time, let's focus on the real things, the important things. And the important things are the team, the performance and what they've achieved.

Why did you start Jordan Lotomba instead of Antoine Mendy?
In my opinion, Jordan played very well. When you're taking on a player like Barcola, in one-on-one situations, he can be very dangerous. I think Jordan limited him well. If you look at the second goal, it can happen that you lose a one-on-one against a player of that level. As far as Mendy is concerned, it's a question of managing resources and energy. I was pleased with his contribution. When you play against a team like PSG, you have to be perfect and hope that they're a bit out of form. Tonight we found a team with a lot of desire and determination. We tried as hard as we could, but unfortunately it wasn't enough.