Philippe Clement, Monaco coach, beaten by OM: “In one action, Embolo is tackled like in rugby”

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Philippe Clement, Monaco coach, beaten by OM: “In one action, Embolo is tackled like in rugby”

“How do you feel after this adverse scenario for your team against OM ?

It’s very cruel. The first period was quite balanced, but I was not happy with certain phases, our defensive organization in particular, we had to be better in our positioning. We made up for that at the break, we watched footage in the locker room, we corrected that to be more stable defensively. We dominated in the second half, we scored the very important 2-1 goal. And then there were game facts.

“On an action, Breel Embolo is tackled like in rugby. In judo, we would speak of an ippon »

Which ?
The referee today is one of the best in France, and my opinion does not change after this match. But there were two crucial decisions in the last ten minutes. On an action, Breel Embolo is tackled like in rugby. In judo, we would speak of an ippon. My player takes a yellow card, to everyone’s surprise, and, thirty seconds later, we concede the goal of the equalizer. On the final action, Payet, a great player, with a lot of experience, was between three of our players, he only wanted one thing, it was to fall. If you whistle that, you whistle a hundred times per match, and we stop playing football. And on this fixed phase, we take the goal… My players did not receive the things they deserved. Especially with this second half. Finishing at 2-2, it can happen, we would have been the moral winner with our second half. But the…

Why did you move Axel Disasi to the right-back position?
Axel had a good game in this position against Red Star Belgrade (4-1, November 3). I wanted his presence on defensive set pieces, one of OM’s great qualities. We are also very strong on offense with the big three (Maripan, Badiashile and Disasi). We also had the choice to change with Vanderson, Ruben Aguilar, he was too short, he still had small glitches recently. »

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