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

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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