Both coaches will return to the draw between PSG and AS Monaco on Sunday at the Parc des Princes.
Christophe Galtier (PSG coach, after a 1-1 draw against Monaco) : “We were very upset by a good Monaco team, especially in the first 35 minutes, where ASM disturbed our first outings and were at a very athletic level to win balls, using their qualities in moving the image to the goal. We have a huge lack of mobility. We received the ball with our backs in the game. We didn’t insist enough deep in the first half hour. It was better at the end of the first episode. Monaco came to stop us playing while playing well, with good organization. It was better in the second half when there was more movement, availability, especially in the middle, fixing their defensive line with our attackers, who were much taller. We found a better relationship and allowed us to win the ball back a bit higher in the second half. As a result, we kept Monaco in a very low block. We created some very good chances. Unfortunately, we didn’t score the second goal… This should serve as a lesson for us. (…)
This was our first big meeting in terms of pace and intensity. We were surprised. I dare to hope this is the first and last time.
Hot, I felt my team was surprised by what Monaco offered and I was surprised because we should be used to this kind of match. (…) We must analyze and learn the lessons. We’re going to have a lot of games like this this season. We have to be able to change the pitch, if things don’t go as planned, through different movements, moves, and escape a little from a defense that quickly gets the upper hand over us in the first stage. It is a line of work and meditation to avoid getting stuck in a defensive habit. (…) With a series of matches until September 18, there will be an automatic reflection on how to inject freshness. Some players suffer physically. It was also the first big team we met and posed a great athletic and tactical challenge to us, without offending our previous opponents. This was our first big meeting in terms of pace and intensity. We were surprised. I dare to hope this is the first and last time. It gives ideas to others…»
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Philippe Clement (Coach of AS Monaco) : “The plan would have been perfect if we had scored that second goal. We have the opportunity in the first half, many things can change… We can make all the plans we want to think about during the week, but it’s up to the players to do it on the field. They did very well today. I asked the players for a lot of unity but a lot of personality, to play under a lot of pressure, usually one by one against three big stars (Mbappé, Neymar, Messi, editor’s note), with all their qualities . . The whole team did a great job on this. And we also need a good goalkeeper in this kind of game. This is the case, Alex (Nubel) started the championship well. Result ? Satisfied is the right word. I’m not so happy because it could have been better… but it’s worse. PSG had good moments, but I am happy with the discipline, commitment and physical condition of my players, their personality as well. If you get points here, you can get points everywhere. And that is very important for the future, with a reference match. We have to confirm against Troyes.
If you get points here, you can get points everywhere.
Mohammad Camara? I am satisfied. It’s not easy because he’s only been in the locker room for two or three weeks, he hasn’t done a minute of preparation and so he’s not at the top physically at the moment but he’s showing the qualities we’re looking for. It is not easy to replace Aurélien Tchouaméni in the same way with the same style of play, but he ran as we know he can, he developed well with Youssouf (Fofana). This is very important because the environment is the engine of the team. Is physicality the key? If it was simple, everyone could do it… The body is actually very important, winning duels too. But you also need to have good organization always, there is high pressure because they are strong in small areas. You also need to make the right choices with the ball. We need everything to get points here because this is a good team that played perfectly. (…) For us, the players, the staff, all the people of Monaco, it is important to play a good game for Richard (Guerois, podiatrist of the professional team and of the Academy of AS Monaco, bag -or just died) and his family. It gives something extra to the players.”