Kovac: 'We defended very well'

Publish on 22/02/2021 at 05:58 - D. CROSSAN


Monaco coach Niko Kovac was delighted as his side succeeded where Barcelona had failed, beating Paris Saint-Germain.

Kovac said: "I saw the match against Barcelona. Without wanting to make comparisons, we defended very well. PSG had trouble getting through us. We were set up in our 4-5-1 and the plan worked pretty well."

Monaco captain Wissam Ben Yedder added: "We played very well and were very strong physically. We knew that they'd put in a great match against Barcelona and that they'd have that in their legs. The league is so close. We'll see what happens with the four leading clubs and we'll take each game as it comes. The most important thing is to give our all and we'll see where we are come the end of the season."

Verratti: "Mea culpa

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, only used as a substitute by Mauricio Pochettino, commented: "It was a difficult match and we knew we were up against a good team. They're having a good league season and they have good players. We must congratulate Monaco but we also have to do our mea culpa.

"We conceded a goal after only five minutes. In the second half, Monaco didn't have many chances but they scored another. I don't know what the explanation for it us but I have to say that there are great teams in France. It's not because we're playing well in the Champions League that things will be easy for us in the league. That's normal. You need to earn victories and play at 100% as otherwise you don't win."