“We had to eliminate Mbappé”. Niko Kovac did not hide at a press conference on the intentions of his AS Monaco this Sunday at the Parc des Princes. The Croatian had set up a 4-5-1 to reduce the influence of Kylian Mbappé in the game of Paris SG.
A strategy that worked perfectly thanks to a superb collective tactical mastery from start to finish in terms of organization, positioning and pressing, with, icing on the cake, two goals to obtain a precious success.
Axel Disasi, tenured in the unusual position of right-back, was one of the most noticed bodyguards of No. 7 PSG. Very rarely faulted, he extinguished the 2018 world champion, with the help of Ruben Aguilar and Sofiane Diop on his wing.
“Axel is a very good player. We knew that Kylian was in great physical shape and that he is a world-class player. Physically and in terms of speed, Axel suited Mbappé more than Djibril (Sidibé). The match proved me right. Axel was very good ”, underlined the Monegasque technician.
Disasi the key man
Same story for Benoît Badiashile. “He adapted very well to this position. He did us a favor. I’m very happy for him because he works very hard in training and it was felt today (Sunday) on the pitch ”, he continued. Shining brightly in Barcelona, Mbappé could not do anything this Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino rather spared him at the end of the game. “It’s not just Kylian who wasn’t at the same level as Tuesday, it was the whole team. We couldn’t win with this level ”, analyzed the Argentine. And AS Monaco took advantage of it.