Philippe Clement, deposed from Club Brugge by AS Monaco, spoke at a press conference and gave some clues about what he intends to do with the team he is now in charge of, and which must qualify for the Champions League at the end of the day. season.
Presented this Wednesday, alongside the AS Monaco board of directors, represented by Paul Mitchell, the sporting director, and Oleg Petrov, the vice president and general manager, the new ASM coach, Philippe Clement, knows that he will be judged on his ability to get the best out of a young and talented group that must qualify for the next Champions League, a goal of the highest priority. A delicate mission, while time is running out and the margin that ASM has over the competition is minimal or almost non-existent in an increasingly dense championship.
Clement: “Adapt to the qualities of the players”
“It is still a passion to train, the interested party relativized, in a press conference on Wednesday. Regarding the pressure, I had it in Bruges after the title in Genk. You had to be champion and we achieved l ‘Ser. The following year also because we did the Double and it was the first or second time in a hundred years. I like this kind of pressure because it’s not negative. It’s pressure because people want to win things, it’s interesting and I like that. “
Sixth in Ligue 1, four lengths behind Nice, second, Monaco will have to catch up or win the Europa League. Philippe Clement does not have time to be unemployed, but he does not plan to stop playing until now: “You have to adapt to the qualities of the players. But I want a team that dominates, that plays offensively and with commitment and envy. I have played with different systems in the past but always with the idea of being dominant. “
Clement: “It is important to have a united staff”
Philippe Clement also insisted on the notion of a group that he appreciates: “It is important to create a family with the players. In today’s world, it is more difficult than 10 or 20 years ago because the players are more individualistic but it is interesting to create that. That is why we have to know the players and also what they have in mind. That has been our strong point in the years we have spent with different teams. “
The Belgian coach signed a contract for two and a half seasons with Monaco on Monday, until June 2024, and arrived accompanied by three assistants. These are Frédéric De Boever, specific goalkeeping coach, Jonas Ivens, specialist in physical preparation, and Johan Van Rumst, who, like him, signed a contract until June 2024.
“I’m here with three assistants, two assistants and a goalkeeping coach, he said. They came with me from Bruges. It is also important in the sports squad, to have people who were in the club. It is important to have a united squad.” . An outspoken unit, stronger than with the players. We will have all the information thanks to Damien Perrinelle who knows all the players in the training center “.
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