“Winning to continue our great streak”

Two days before the trip to Brest, this Sunday (5 p.m.) for the 12th day of Ligue 1, Niko Kovac was at a press conference. Extracts.

AS Monaco are aiming for the pass of three. After its success on the lawn of PSV Eindhoven (2-1) in the Europa League, for the 200th European match in its history, then at home against Montpellier (3-1) in Ligue 1, the Club of the Principality will try to ‘follows a third consecutive success this Sunday in Brest (5 p.m.). Before this meeting, here is what to remember from Niko Kovac’s press conference.

We are going to play a team which is currently at the bottom of the table, which has not yet won this season, but that is the danger and we have to be mentally and physically ready to face them.

Niko KovacAS Monaco coach

The match in Brest

It is not easy to play in Brest, we saw it last year (1-0 defeat), but we are going there to try to win. The latest results for Brest have been rather positive, with some good draws (especially against Lille, Lyon and Rennes), so we have to be careful and on our toes, but we have to win to continue our good streak.

The search for regularity

At the moment the championship is a little strange. PSG are far ahead, Lens is also having a very good start to the season, but all the other teams have their ups and downs. If we want to climb the standings, we have to achieve a winning streak. At the moment it’s very tight, we are four points away from 2nd place. We are going to play a team which is currently at the bottom of the table, which has not yet won this season, but that is the danger and we have to be mentally and physically ready to face them.

The start of the season for Caio Henrique

I am very happy with Caio’s performance. Last season I was already very happy, even if it took him a little while because he was coming out of six months without playing and had contracted the Covid. Since the match in Dijon last season, he has made great progress and at the moment I would even say that he is our best player. He is very good defensively and offensively he brings a lot. He’s already on seven assists, up from five last season. This proves that he has progressed in the last pass, that he finds his teammates better. He works hard every day, he is always serious and involved and even though he is still young, he is an example for our young players.

Contribution of training

We must have results but also give our young players the opportunity to show their qualities. We therefore exchange regularly with the technicians of the Academy. AS Monaco has always had very talented young people. This is the case of Benoît Badiashile and Eliot Matazo, but also of Maghnes Akliouche and Félix Lemarechal, who are the latest arrivals in the pro group and who have real potential for the future. They train with us but they also need to play 90 minutes. They played their first Ligue 1 match in Lyon, which was a reward for them because they had worked very hard. They have to continue like this because if they do the right thing, they will undoubtedly become good Ligue 1 players.

The form of the duo “Yedderland”

That’s no excuse, but as a former player I can tell you it’s tough when you’re not doing the entire preseason. Wissam and Kevin missed several weeks of preparation due to the Euro. Their peak form is starting now, their movements on the pitch are much better and their last performances are very good. Wissam’s goal against Montpellier, on a magnificent cross from Kevin, there are very few players who can register similar ones.