Paul Michell issues a first warning
AS Monaco is experiencing a first part of the season in the form of a roller coaster. The princely club missed out on qualifying for the Champions League after a double clash against PSV Eindhoven and continued with mixed results in Ligue 1. When you think of the Monegasques launched after a draw at the Parc des Princes, there they fall at home against Troyes. They will win on the lawn of the Red Star of Belgrade then at Louis II against OL, before relapsing against Ferencvaros. However after 8 days, the ASM still ranks an honorable 5th place, 5 points from the podium, before receiving FC Nantes. There is still progress to be made, notes Paul Mitchell in a long interview granted to Nice morning.
“The lack of regularity in the results and in the game tarnishes our start to the season a littlerecognizes the sports director. We are all aware that this group has the potential to do much better. Our game identity, we saw it on certain sequences against Strasbourg or recently against the Stade de Reims. We showed all our qualities against Paris. But in the meantime, we also had periods of less good like the defeat in the Europa League (1-0 against Ferencvaros) or that against Troyes (loss 2-4) at home. I see the direction we’re taking in the game, and it’s very positive. I insist, but our success will go through more consistency and that’s what I expect from the group in the coming weeks. Reproaches are sent, a recruit is particularly targeted.
Mitchell defends Minamino and Ben Yedder
This is Takumi Minamino. Arrived with the status of flagship recruit this summer and a transfer of € 15 million from Liverpool, the Japanese winger is struggling to find his rhythm. Since the start of the season, he seems to be out of time with his teammates, missing things that are easy for a professional. Lacking in confidence, he even made a short stint on the bench against Nice and Lyon, with two Monegasque victories at stake. It is finally in a role of replacement that he gave satisfaction. Entering on the hour mark against Reims in the last match, the 27-year-old managed to unlock his counter. “Takumi Minamino is the one who is having the most trouble fitting in at the moment. You have to be patient. I hope his goal against Reims will bring many more.beg Mitchell.
For the rest of the recruitment, the English leader is satisfied, in particular with Breel Embolo, Mohamed Camara, Malang Sarr and even Thomas Didillon, Nübel’s understudy. There is still a small problem with Wissam Ben Yedder. As with Niko Kovac and as in the first months of Philippe Clément, the striker and captain is not always a starter. He even went through a small crisis at the start of the season, before finding his way back to the nets in Reims. Michell would even like to extend it, he who is under contract until 2024. “Wissam Ben Yedder is a player we respect a lot. He arrives at a certain stage of his career. He may have other ambitions. We are open to discussion. It will have to work for all parties.” And that confidence is found.
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