Leipzig-Monaco reactions - Jardim: 'A new story'
AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was satisfied with how his new-look side adjusted in their UEFA Champions League opener against RB Leipzig; RBL defender Dayot Upamecano has an eye on the France squad, meanwhile…
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
UEFA Champions League, Matchday 1 - Group G
RB Arena, Leipzig
RB Leipzig 1-1 AS Monaco
Leonardo Jardim (Monaco coach): "Disappointed? We always come to win matches, of course. But we played with our squad. Every year it's a new story, a new team. There's no need to compare with us with the Monaco from last year. We knew this Leipzig team well, we knew they had a lot of physical impact. We put together an 11 to deal with it, also putting some physicality into the game, and it worked well. But Leipzig kept their whole squad together from last year, they know how to play together perfectly, whereas we have been integrating players for a few days. But we have a lot of room for improvement."
Keita Baldé (Monaco striker): "It was an interesting match. It wasn't easy. This is a good result for the team. The team reacted very well after the Nice match [OGC Nice beat Monaco 4-0 on Saturday]. Monaco is a great team, with a lot of character, personality, and with good individual abilities. In the Champions League it's impressive to avoid defeat."
Ralph Hasenhüttl (Leipzig coach): "We can live with this point, but we didn't let loose. We conceded a goal because we defended badly, but Monaco had very few chances compared to us. We weren't as calm as we could have been in our first Champions League match. We dared not take the ultimate risk. I gave up an attacking change at the end so we had more physical presence at the back to stop set pieces, where Monaco are very dangerous. We got what we wanted. We can be satisfied."
Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig defender): "We could have done much better. We saw a lot of action. We could have scored another goal. I've made great progress here and in Salzburg, I can feel it. It would be a dream to join the France team One day. The World Cup in 2018? I hope so."
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