Franck Haise, coach of Lens, who beat Reims 2-1 on Friday at the start of the 35th day of Ligue 1:
“It’s a match that shows our mental strength, beyond our qualities. When you take this (card) red, quite early (19th, editor’s note), faced with the quality of the opponent, and to be led 1-0, it was not easy. What the players have achieved is huge. The message was to stay calm. Then, we had to adjust a few tactical aspects to try to get the balls out, then defend intelligently, trying to suck up Reims. In the end, we had the generosity, the heart to defend well. I know what the players are capable of, and sometimes they still surprise me. It’s an amazing group, but a beautiful group. It’s all the more beautiful to win this match under these conditions. We have control, yes, and we must continue to have it“.