These are certainly not the beginnings he was hoping for. After five matches on the bench of Monaco, Thierry Henry still runs after the victory (3 defeats and 2 draws in all competitions). A success that could serve as a trigger for this team in total loss of confidence, taped to 19th place in Ligue 1 with 7 points on the clock.
"We saw that with Nantes (Editor's note: 4 wins in a row); they managed to follow, "says Djibril Sidibé, summoned in blue by Deschamps despite his misformed. Except this Sunday night, it is the PSG who arrives at the Stade Louis-II. The Tuchel team is irresistible in the league this season.
On the side of the training center of La Turbie, there is no illusion. "We do not expect much from this match, even admits Vadim Vasilyev, vice president of the ASM. The gap has never been greater between the two teams. Today, Henry can not work. He just looks on a list that can play, and he composes the team. In these conditions, you can not ask too much of it. But he will succeed here, I am sure. "
Monaco has 14 injured players
For the occasion, 15 players will miss the call. Lopes, Pellegri, Subasic, Raggi, N'Doram, Jovetic, Serrano, Geubbels, Glik, Sylla, Aholou, Traoré, Golovin and Toure are wounded. Tielemans is suspended. "Forcibly, with these absentees, I always have to find the right formula and the good eleven … It takes time. Next week, during the truce, we will be five in training, we must not forget, "regrets Henry, who juggles the game patterns.
But one day soon, the infirmary will empty and Monaco will resume colors. That's what everyone says to each other. Because, so far, Henry has seduced his group and put his paw. "The coach has very clear rules of the game, he knows what he wants and puts his ideas right," admits one of the team's executives before continuing: "We work more physically and we feel progress. "
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"He knows the ball perfectly, he has everything to become a great coach because he is able to feel his group well. The problem is mostly psychological. I'm not too worried, "said Guy Lacombe, Monaco coach from 2009 to 2011, today at the DTN.
Worried, the supporters of the ASM are much more. Very rare, some showed their discontent with smoke Saturday at the training center. For them, the match tonight is almost anecdotal.