Olympique de Marseille coach Didier Deschamps faced up to the press just minutes after his side's 3-1 loss to Montpellier to discuss the defeat and look ahead to Saturday's Coupe de la Ligue final against Lyon.
Didier Deschamps, what's your first reaction to this defeat?
It's a terrible evening that started badly and finished badly. We gave them the chance to open the scoring with a penalty. The context, the opponent, more calls going against us, it all adds up at the moment... In terms of the motivation and the preparation, that was there. The team is playing in a very difficult atmosphere and we saw that as the game continued.
What did OM lack tonight?
I think you could all see the difference between us and a side full of confidence, taking its chances and boasting quality players. And once again, there were the decisions that didn't go our way, and it's not the first time, even though I'm not going to hide behind that. What I don't accept was that at the start of the move for their second goal there was a foul for us that wasn't blown up. Then we should have had at least one penalty. I'm not taking anything away from them, they're leading the league and played very well tonight.
What do you think of this Montpellier side?
They are very good. As soon as it was 2-1 they had all the confidence in the world, and they have a lot of quality. The way the game went just galvanised them even stronger, while for us, it had the opposite affect.
Tonight makes it 12 games without a win now...
We've got a confidence problem, we're fragile. Wearing this short isn't easy. When things are going well, it's fantastic. But when things aren't going your way, it's really not easy. The current situation is really tough and I'm not going to point the finger at any individual. If we're in this current situation, it's because we've had a run of negative results. We don't have much time left, but we still have a chance to lift some silverware. That's also something about playing at this level: you have to know how to put a defeat behind you and arrive at your next game with enough confidence to give it your best shot.
Gignac didn't seem very happy at coming off...
It's rare to see a player happy to be substituted. I don't think there's anything in that. The current situation is difficult for everyone, him included, and I'm not going to add to everyone's problems. I'd pretty much decided to bring him off at that stage of the game anyway.
Do you regret not making your changes earlier?
I don’t have any regrets. We had a very difficult game on Sunday in Paris with not much time to recover, especially for the attacking players who need to have that explosiveness. Obviously they come off the bench to liven things up but we're playing a lot of matches, every three or four days and it's going to continue. I can't play the same starting XI every game, I make choices and I stand by them.
How can you get out of this crisis for Saturday's Cup final against Lyon?
By winning, by scoring one more goal than the opposition! We need to have a competitor's mentality because there's a title on the line. It's another game and we're doing it tough, we're in a rut, but we can't afford to let our heads drop. We have to roll up our sleeves again and do whatever it takes to fight, even if things are against us. Obviously there are always solutions, but there's no miracle cure either...
Are you surprised by the atmosphere in the Stade Vélodrome?
I've been in a lot of situations in my career, but it's true that this is rather special. I'm not going to blame anyone. If things have gotten this bad it's our responsibility, we haven't had the results we had hoped for. On Saturday, the supporters will be there in Paris, it will be a sell-out. They're coming for the final, with something to win and it's the last chance to win a trophy this season!