Cape Town - AS
Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim insists the 1-1 draw against UEFA
Champions League debutants RB Leipzig will prove to be a valuable point
away from home.
The Ligue 1 Champions were knocked out of the semi-final stage of the
competition by Juventus last season and after losing first-team stars
Bernardo Silva, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Kylian Mbappé, a
rebuilding process is underway at the Stade Louis II.
And while the new arrivals adapt to life under the tutelage of the
Portuguese tactician, Jardim praised their resilience against the
tireless Die Bullen side.
"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," he said
after the game. "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."
One of the off-season replacements, Youri Tielemans managed to get on
the score-sheet to cancel out Emil Forsberg's opener for the
Bundesliga side and Keita Baldé who arrived from Lazio last month -
reiterated Jardims sentiments after Les Monégasques recovered from their
4-0 mauling against OGC Nice on Saturday.
"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.
"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."