At the end of his ninth unbeaten game since the start of the year (8 wins, one draw), Niko Kovac, the Monegasque coach, remained measured. He nevertheless managed a big blow this Sunday evening at the Parc des Princes (2-0).
How did you prepare for this match to beat PSG?
NIKO KOVAC. As with all games… Kylian Mbappé had to be muzzled. I think we did it very well. We knew that PSG had possession of the ball so we had to succeed in our counter-attacks. We played 95 minutes like a real team, with passion, character and a real state of mind. I believe the result is clear. And deserved. I saw the game against Barcelona. Without making a comparison, I would say that we defended very well this evening. It was hard for PSG to pass our lines and our 4-5-1. If you don’t take a goal, you are more likely to win. It was the plan and it worked.
Is Monaco now aiming for the title?
No, the goal remains the same (Editor’s note: qualify for a European place). The question is legitimate. But we are a growing team. We are not at the level of Lyon, Paris and Lille. Let’s already try to consolidate our position and if there is something to play in the home stretch, we’ll see.
Why did you prefer Disasi to Sidibé, who has recently started out?
He’s a great player. We knew that Kylian Mbappé is in great shape now. Physically, with his speed, Axel (Disasi) was the best player to challenge him. He proved it.
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Can the tight standings increase interest in Ligue 1?
Yes that’s it. In England, City are a few points ahead (Editor’s note: 10) but the other seasons it was like that too. PSG were always 10 or 15 points ahead. There, it’s very tight and it’s very exciting for everyone. It makes Ligue 1 more attractive. I hope that will continue and that we will have a superb finish.
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