Philippe Clement before Monaco-Etoile Rouge: “We have to play a great match”

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Philippe Clement before Monaco-Etoile Rouge: “We have to play a great match”

“Will this meeting against Red Star be the most important since your Champions League return play-off? v Eindhoven (2-3 aet, August 9) ?
It will also be a decisive match, that’s right. But I hope that there will still be many more important matches waiting for us in the following months. That’s what we hope for and that’s our motivation. Everyone is very focused for this game. I saw a practice today (Wednesday), with great commitment. From the whole group. It will be a match against an opponent who puts a lot of intensity into his game, who offers a lot of duels, who has good ball players in the middle. We have to play a great game to win it.

Will you have in mind the different possible scenarios?
It’s very important that the players don’t have them in their heads, because in football there are always different scenarios. We have to be focused on ourselves, on what we have to do with and without the ball, on our structure, on our organization, on our racing lines, on all the principles that we have established together in recent months. By putting a lot of intensity and, I hope, in front of a lot of supporters.

“We will play for 2nd place. We want to win tomorrow. This is our challenge”

Finishing tomorrow evening in 3rd place – qualifying for the Europa League conference play-off – would it be a disappointment?
I saw a great coach (José Mourinho), this summer, who had the Europa League Conference tattooed on his arm, after being very happy and very proud to win it. It’s a European competition in which you can have bigger matches than in the Europa League. But I want to be very clear: we will play for 2nd place. We want to win tomorrow (Thursday). This is our challenge. But in the Europa League Conference, we can have good things.

Will there be any absentees tomorrow?
Reuben (Aguilar) trained with the group. He may be available for a few minutes, but no longer because he has been away for a while. I will look after my meeting with the performance staff, but it is possible that he is in the group. As for Vanderson, there is still doubt. But I hope it will be okay. It’s not 100% sure. »

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