Monaco: "Lyon is feeling the pressure", launches Kovac before the shock

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Two days before the Monaco-OL shock, capital in the battle for the podium in L1 and tickets for the Champions League, ASM coach Niko Kovac slightly upped the sauce at a press conference.

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“I don’t want to put more tension,” he said with a big smile. Before, all the same, to put a little of it … Two days before the clash between Monaco (3rd, 71 pts) and OL (4th, 67 pts) at the end of the 35th day of Ligue 1, a match which could be decisive for the title but especially for the qualification in the Champions League, the Monegasque coach Niko Kovac kindly reminded that the Lyonnais are back to the wall.

“Lyon is a great club, they have great ambitions, he slipped in a press conference on Friday. Last season they played in the semi-final of the Champions League. This year they are not there. but they want to come back, so they definitely feel the pressure. Everyone wants to play in the Champions League. If we win, their Champions League dream might be over. But it’s a long way away. We have to win, and there it is. I would say that 80% of the way is done, but not before. But it is by working that we will get there, not by talking. “

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“Now that’s a bonus”

As ASM is four points ahead of their weekend opponent, Kovac knows that if his team can’t win, they’ll have to try not to lose. “If we put a lot of pressure (at the end of the game) and we create chances, I would tell the players to continue, he warns. If we are in defense, I would tell them to keep the result. But I want to let the players enjoy this game. We have achieved our objective (a European qualification), all we can do now is a bonus. A win would be great, a draw would be good too. “

For this poster, the Croatian technician will not be able to count on Golovin, Gelson Martins, Jovetic or Diop. But he does not take offense. “Until now, we were happy, we had few absentees, we were spared, he recalls. I believe in my team, in my players. We have a big opponent, but we will give everything until the last second. “

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