“Play for 90 minutes with our qualities”

Eager to see AS Monaco’s current league dynamics continue in the Europa League, the Flemish coach intervened on the eve of Trabzonspor’s reception at the Stade Louis-II (18:45).

Strike the iron while it is hot. This is the goal of Philippe Clement’s men, on the eve of receiving the Turks from Trabzonspor, on the occasion of the 3rd day of the Europa League (kick-off 18:45). The Monegasque coach thus wants to surf on the current form of the red and white in Ligue 1, winners of the last four outings, to stay in the running for first place in Group H. Extracts.

The Trabzonspor experience

I talked to my players after the match against Ferencváros. For me the first half was not good enough. In the second there was a reaction, but in transition they punished us. Against Trabzonspor we will have to play 90 minutes with our qualities. And even with this the result will not be guaranteed, because it is a team with a lot of experience. They have many internationals accustomed to European matches, such as Marek Hamsik, who has more than 130 selections with his country (135, ed), Hassan Trézéguet (57 selections with Egypt) or even Marc Bartra. But we will have to fight against our young lions and Wissam (captain’s complicit smile).

Important but not decisive game

There are six days, so it’s not a turning point. We don’t have to look at others, but stay focused on our game, on our qualities and impose our own pace. In this group there are four teams of the same level. It is up to us to prove in the end that we can be the best and only after six games will we have the answer.

I really enjoyed Wissam and Breel’s match against Nantes. But Wissam had done very good things in Paris too, for example, when he was alone in front. In the end, the game system doesn’t matter, it’s the animation that matters.

Filippo ClementeAbout Wissam Ben Yedder

Stay on the continuity of Nantes

I am always ambitious, I want to play even better in every game. And it’s the same with my players. I was happy with the match against Nantes and I hope to see the same ingredients against Trabzonspor. I want even more automation between us and fewer scoring chances for the opponent. But they are two different teams, so each game has a different story. In any case, I want my players to start the game with a lot of energy and never stop trying throughout the game. If we play all games well, it is certain that we will have a great season upon arrival.

His gaze on Wissam Ben Yedder

I really enjoyed Wissam and Breel’s match against Nantes. But Wissam had done very good things in Paris too, for example, when he was alone in front. In the end, the game system doesn’t matter, it’s the animation that matters. His triple? I saw Karim Benzema lose chances this weekend, it happens to all the great forwards to have ups and downs. I knew he would regain his efficiency. But I insist that it is not always necessary to look at the stats in a striker, but also his style of play and his impact on the team.

Rotation in front

It is the same in all positions, both in attack and elsewhere. In a club like ours with ambitions, all positions have doubled, it is normal to be able to play the three tables. This is also the case in Paris, Rennes … So far, all the players have played since the beginning of the season, apart from the youngest, Yann (Lienard) and Yllan (Okou). But we are still at the beginning of a long season, so everyone will have a chance. And it’s great for me to have a choice.

Kevin has a lot of experience, he always works a lot for the team, even without the ball. He has a good bond with Wissam, as they played and scored a lot together.

Filippo ClementeAbout Kevin Volland

Upon the return of Kevin Volland

Kevin has a lot of experience, he always works a lot for the team, even without the ball. He has a good bond with Wissam, as they played and scored a lot together. Strong competition awaits us, but we will need everyone in the coming weeks. Our strength today is also to defend with impact, as a team, and Kevin represents this state of mind well.

The rise of Aleksandr Golovin

So far I am very satisfied. Sometimes he is a little tired by the hour or after 70 minutes so we take no risk and take him out. It is the strength of this team, being able to replace the players, without losing quality. And this must continue in the coming months. Since I arrived here, Golo ‘has improved a lot, especially physically. He does a lot of off-the-ball work outside of matches. Now he has a lot more muscles. We’ll see where his limits are, but I’m very happy with his performance.

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