Omar Daf, DFCO coach: ” We wanted to have fun and give it away. We approached this match with a lot of humility, we were tactically strong. We came into the game by being very consistent. Above all, we didn’t want to run after the ball, we went to get them higher, we cut the relays, that gave us confidence. The players are gone. Senou Coulibaly was not 100% after his back shock against Le Havre. »
Laurent Batlles, coach of Saint Etienne: “If you go into a match with this state of mind, you can’t get anything. The second half is more or less interesting, with more races. Dijon could also have scored the third goal. We came back into the game, we showed some interesting things. If we leave the ball to the opponent, we are at fault. I saw things I didn’t like. »
Didier Ndong, DFCO midfielder: “I’m very happy. It’s been four months since I played an official game, it makes me very happy, with a win at the game. It’s important for confidence and I’m happy for the group. The group has six worked well for weeks, I think we deserve our victory today, collectively we were strong. Even though Saint-Etienne was dangerous at the end, on the overall content we showed great things. [Sur son retour à Dijon] For example, there was a change of coach, with Omar (Daf) we could talk to each other and we were able to adapt. He trusted me. I started well, I showed that I deserved my place, I hope it will be like that in the coming matches, you always have to demonstrate in training to start. My role is to take my experience with me, I think we have a very homogeneous group, there is Dani (Congré) also to guide the young people, and many absent, Lucas (Deaux) will return, we are a well-developed group . »
Daniel Congré, defender of the DFCO: “We wanted to start better than last season. During this preparation we put a lot of effort, tonight it paid off. We played a very coherent game, although we had less control in the second half. We checked in the first half. We had great chances in the second, we could have killed the game. It’s very good for the future. We need to keep this confidence and keep pushing with quality football and get wins. […] We need to instill the culture of winning. Especially at home. It also hurt us a bit to see so many Saint-Etienne supporters. We told ourselves we wouldn’t hear them again at the end of the game and we did so that’s very good. »
Walid Nassi, DFCO striker: “I missed this small chance with the left foot, but I’m happy with my game. I did a lot of shopping. We gave everything to show who we were in this championship. We didn’t want to run after the ball. We tried to set the pace. We worked on that all the way through preparation and we executed it, it worked. The coach wants us to provoke, for the attackers to show themselves. We run a lot, with high-intensity races. I tried to do what he asks and I hope I convinced him (smile).
We have a team with character, we will try to continue at this pace. »