Kovac: “The objective was clearly to muzzle Kylian Mbappé” – Ligue 1

If he refuses to talk about the title, the Monegasque coach exposes the keys to victory in Paris on Sunday evening.

At the Parc des Princes

The keys to victory : “We prepared for this match as we had prepared all the others. The objective was clearly to muzzle Kylian Mbappé. I think Axel Disasi had a great match, with Sofiane (Diop) and Ruben (Aguilar). We knew that PSG would have a lot of possession and that we would have to be efficient in the counterattack. In the end, the key was to work for 90, 95 minutes as a team, to defend with everything we had, with passion, with the right attitude. The result is clear and deserved. ”

The influence of the Barcelona-PSG match (1-4) : “I saw the match. If I have to compare the two matches, I would say that we defended very well. It was hard for PSG to break our lines because we were very compact, with two lines in 4-5-1. We were well organized, it ran smoothly. Obviously, if we did not concede a goal, we increased our chances … The game plan worked well. Congratulations to my players. ”

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Title objective : “The objective has not changed. The question is natural. But I remain on my idea: we are progressing, we are happy with our performance but we are not at the level of Lille, Lyon and PSG. Our ambition is to keep our distance from the fifth and sixth. If you stay in our place until the end, we’ll be very happy. Afterwards, if we have already qualified for Europe before the last matches of the season, we might think about it. But it’s too early and I can’t say we’re title contenders. ”

Axel Disasi rather than Djibril Sidibé : “It’s very simple. Axel is a very good player. If he plays less, it is because of the good performances of Guillermo (Maripan). We knew that Kylian Mbappé is in great shape at the moment, that he is a world-class player. Physically and in terms of speed, it was a better choice for Kylian Mbappé than Djibril. It was the decision. And I think it was a very good decision. He had a great game against such a player, a world-class player. He did well. ”

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The L1 tighter than ever : “A good advertisement for the championship? Yes. Apart from England with Manchester City, it’s tight all over Europe. In recent seasons, PSG always had a 10, 15, 20 point lead in the lead. This season is very tight, very interesting for you (the journalists) and the spectators, in France and abroad. I hope it will continue until the end of the season with a close finish. ”

Interview at a press conference

Badiashile: “Talking about the title is not the right path to follow”

Benoit Badiashile (defender of AS Monaco) : “The coach showed us videos on how to defend against PSG. Afterwards, we did not necessarily do specific work. We tried to defend as we usually do. And today, it smiled on us, we are very happy. At half-time, the coach told us to continue as in the first half, to defend as we had done before the break and not to be afraid when we had the ball. In the second half, we scored the second goal, we held the result and that is the most important. Talking about the title is not the right way to go. There are still a lot of matches left. The teams in front of us have a lot of experience. We are making our own way. If we can hope to play something towards the end of the championship, we can talk about it again … Lille, Lyon and PSG better than Monaco? These teams have more experience. We have a very young team. And we saw it in some matches, during which we lost points quite stupidly … We rather look at what is happening behind us and we try to widen the gap on our pursuers. And if we see that we are close to the three in front at the end, we can talk about the title. (Axel Disasi) adapted very well to this right-back position. He did us a favor and I’m very happy for him because he works hard in training and it showed on the pitch. ” (in press conference)

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