Pascal Dupraz on defeat to Lorient: “It’s a collective catastrophe.”

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Following last night’s capitulation to Lorient, Saint-Étienne manager spoke to Amazon Prime Video about the cause for their downfall, having lead 2-0 at the fortieth minute, but lost 6-2 by the final whistle.

“I explain the defeat by my responsibility,” said the 59-year-old, who joined the club in December. “The responsibility of the coach is to repeat to your players that football commands respect. When we start the way we did, you can’t make a big deal of it under the pretext that we were leading 2-0. You have to respect the fundamentals, it’s vital, and it’s what we didn’t know how to do.”

“It’s a collective catastrophe,” he continued. “A sin of pride, a vain attitude, not an attitude that belongs to a professional player. On the road to redemption, there remains seven matches and whatever happens with the other scores, we’ll be in the relegation play-off spot after this matchday. It’s a failure, I deplore it and I take responsibility for it. In our behaviour, our attitudes, we thought too quickly that we were going to win 2-0. The attitudes weren’t sufficient for what we had to do.”

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