Fournier: 'This match sets the benchmark'
"We are very happy. We constructed this victory over the full 90 minutes. We never lost focus, we were consistent. There are a lot of positives... The evening was a little tarnished by the whistles and jeers directed at Koné. He was upset. I don't understand. He's a soldier for the whole squad. He has that knack of always being positive and working for the best of the team... This performance sets the benchmark. We were very solid in defence. We took our chances in attack… We would have prepared to have started a little better. We adapted well to Lille's tactics... I can empathise with Lille's injury problem; we've been there. I think Lille lacked a little energy... We have climbed back to a position more in keeping with our status. But we are still a little fragile. Now we have to prepare for the trip to Montpellier in two weeks' time... It's important not to change your methods when you're doing it tough. You always come out stronger... Lacazette's hat-trick is the best reply to his frustration at being left out of the France squad... Gourcuff was very good. He will keep getting better. He's a real athlete, capable of working very hard over a long period of time."
"The message really got through. I want to congratulate the players and the coaching staff. The team scored three goals against the best goalkeeper in the world. This victory is great for the morale... We have a quality squad. The players responded to everything we have told them...
We have one of the biggest home crowds. We know we can go to war with our players, starting with Koné…We have to continue this run. The results are excellent. We drew in Paris, we beat Monaco and now we've beaten Lille, the top three from last season. We have proven that we can mix it with the best teams. Now we need to win away to make up for the home loss to Lens. When everyone is available, we can play good football. This match is a reference. We showed a lot of quality against a very good Lille side. We produced a really excellent match of football."