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“Making the statistics lie against Strasbourg”

48 hours before the trip to Alsace for the first day of Ligue 1 against Racing Club de Strasbourg (Saturday, 5 p.m.), the AS Monaco coach appeared in front of the media to discuss this resumption of the championship between the two matches. against Eindhoven.

Play it both ways. This is the leitmotif of the Rouge et Blancs at the very start of the season which obliges them to play in the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League, in parallel with the kick-off of the Ligue 1 season. This Saturday (kick-off 5 p.m. ), it is therefore in Strasbourg that the men of Philippe Clement return to the French championship. A first day that the Flemish coach mentioned at a press conference. Extracts.

On the rotation with the sequence of matches

It’s not just a matter of physics. If you play the next seven-eight games with the same players, the others won’t be ready to start. Then Kevin and Golo are suspended for Strasbourg. It is a long-term management that must be put in place, so I must have a global vision of the coming weeks for the management of the workforce. It’s something I also experienced in Genk and Bruges, when I was playing in the European Cup. When you have matches every three days, you can’t count on only eleven players. The body must nevertheless adapt to this rhythm, to the sequence. It’s up to us to prepare ourselves so that everyone is 100% once on the pitch.

Against Strasbourg it will be a big challenge, because the statistics show us that AS Monaco have struggled against this team in recent seasons. Everyone is aware of this and is concerned by it.

Philip ClementAS Monaco coach

The complementarity of attacking profiles

Breel (Embolo) and Wissam (Ben Yedder) have qualities that are compatible. Wissam is someone special because he can play between the lines, deep or even on the flanks. Thanks to this, he is complementary with Kevin, Myron and Breel. So I’m curious to see that on the ground in the coming months. But obviously we have several possibilities.

European Cup – Ligue 1 management

I saw in training today a team that was focused, committed, with a good dynamic. While we were only two days after the match, where it is often the most difficult. I want high intensity every day, every workout. Against Strasbourg it will be a big challenge, because the statistics show us that AS Monaco have struggled against this team in recent seasons. Everyone is aware of this and is concerned by it.

The level of Ligue 1 this season

It’s a little early to say, because there are still three and a half weeks to be able to make changes in each team. What is obvious in any case is that Paris Saint-Germain is well ahead of everyone. There are other teams who have also made good investments, like us. It’s interesting, and I think the fight for European places will be even tougher this year.

I myself have played games at 40 degrees in my career. We don’t really have a choice. It’s important to hydrate before the match, not during it. We try to educate players on this point.

Philip ClementOn the game schedule

Rhythm management in a meeting

The variations in intensity against Eindhoven are more due to a little nervousness, in my opinion, it is not related to the physical, otherwise we could not have pushed so much in the second half. I felt in the first half that we needed more forward movement, attacking spaces and that’s what I told my players. The images I showed my players confirmed this observation.

The contribution of Sofiane Diop against Eindhoven

Sofiane had the misfortune to miss the preparation, with her slight injury. For the moment he can do 10-15 minutes at full speed when returning at the end of the match, but no more. He is halfway through his preparation. But I hope that as soon as possible he will be able to show what he did against Eindhoven over 90 minutes. We work for this.

Match conditions at 5 p.m.

We have to adapt. You can train earlier or later in the evening, but honestly it doesn’t change much here, maybe a degree or two (smile). We have therefore chosen not to change anything in our habits, and it is up to us to prepare the players for these conditions. It’s also mental, I myself have played matches at 40 degrees in my career. We don’t really have a choice. It’s important to hydrate before the match, not during it. We try to educate players on this point.

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