“Playing at 1pm is special” … Philippe Clement inveighs against the AS Monaco match schedule in Montpellier tomorrow

On the match in Montpellier

“We will try to win there. Our momentum is good and the result of a single match cannot change that. Montpellier are a spectacular team. Only Paris have scored more goals than them in Ligue 1 this season. (21 against 28, ed). They have a lot of quality attacking players. There are also some substitutes and it’s hard to say who will start. Front and center have players who feel really comfortable with the ball. It is a good challenge. For this match, Ruben (Aguilar, foot) he is still injured. Kevin received a small blow in a duel, on the same ankle hit in Paris. There has been a slight rotation and he won’t be ready either. I hope it will be Thursday (at Trabzonspor in the Europa League) * “.

* Adductor hit, Gelson Martins also absent.

On the game program

“Playing at 1pm is still special. We are the only team in France to play the European Cup on Thursday and then on Sunday. It is already the second time. (after Reims before the truce) and it’s not ideal for recovery. But this is life and I hope that those in charge of the calendar take this into account in the future. You may think that having another four hours of recovery isn’t important, but it makes a big difference. You have another two hours of sleep and can have two meals instead of one before the game. “

On the goals conceded at the end of the match in the last two matches

“It’s a really difficult statistic because we defended very well against Trabzon. They scored on one of the few shots on goal. Alex (Nübel) he couldn’t do much. It is certainly not a physical or mental problem. We’ll see if it becomes a habit after twenty or twenty-five games. “

Alexander Nübel has the potential to enter the top 10 goalkeepers in Europe

On the form of the Fofana-Camara couple

“We cannot say that our results are linked only to their performance. After Aurélien’s departure (Chuameni), we said it would be impossible to catch the same player. That’s why Real Madrid paid a lot of money (bonus of 100 million euros included). So we tried to have more quality in the whole team. Youssouf has raised the level of him since last year. The Badiashile-Disasi duo has also raised the bar. This square is very important for the balance of a team. There is a difference with Tchouameni. Aurélien was Ligue 1’s top scorer last season and today the task has been split. It is divided between different players and Youssouf and Momo take their responsibilities. “

On the good passage of Alexander Nübel

“He’s not at his best. He can be even bigger. For me he has the potential to make it into the top 10 of European goalkeepers but he’s not there yet. He’s grown in these six to seven months in different areas. It’s thanks to him. It’s thanks to him. concentrated, works well and is gaining confidence and skills, thanks also to Frédéric de Boever (goalkeeper coach). It also benefits from Thomas’ level, focus and ambition in every workout. (Didillon) and Yann (Lienard). I want to keep it at the end of the season (the German will arrive in June at the end of the loan for two seasons) ? This is a question for Paul (Mitchell, the athletic director). Of course we want to keep players feeling good here, but his case is special. It is between Bayern, Munich and Alex. I feel that he is very happy here. He has the opportunity to play for an ambitious club. “

On the relative contribution of the bench in the last two games

“Too easy to say that our level drop is only due to the substitutes. Against Nantes and Trabzon we showed great quality but the level could also drop when the starters were still on the pitch. The pace of the match drops when you have two or three goals. advantage. I don’t see many teams playing at the same level for 90 minutes. Although I’m ambitious and I know we can still improve. I show the players pictures of our games and push them to keep our level. “

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