Candidate for the title in Ligue 1, Niko Kovac shines on the bench of Monaco. Asked by the magazine L’Equipe, the Croatian technician regretted seeing the current players no longer watch as many football matches as in the past.
Fourth in Ligue 1, AS Monaco is still among the contenders in the fight for the title in the league. A success partly due to the excellent work done by Niko Kovac since his arrival on the Rock in July 2020. The Croatian technician does not hesitate to chew on the work of his players, especially on the video sessions.
“When, a few days before our match against Nice in the Coupe de France (2-0), I ask:” Did you watch Nice-Nîmes? “, Silence in the locker room, said the coach of the ASM in a interview granted this Saturday to the magazine L’Equipe. That being said, the problem seems more general to me: the players are so solicited from all sides … We must therefore see each other often and show them everything about the opponent, the game with the ball , the game without the ball. “
Kovac: “Most feel easy and wait for someone to come to them”
Without attacking the new generation too harshly, sometimes less passionate and perhaps too drunk on television matches, Niko Kovac also regretted that the players did not make the effort to watch matches.
“It’s their job, I would prefer them to watch the games on their own,” said the former Bayern Munich manager. Of course some do, but most feel easy and wait for us to come. It’s our time, I accept it and, as a coach, I have to provide them with all the key data. “
Monaco welcomes Metz this Saturday for the opening of the 31st day of Ligue 1. Faced with a surprising Moselle team and ninth in the standings, the Principality’s club had to accumulate video sessions in order not to fall into the trap. Or rather, Niko Kovac and his staff have probably carefully analyzed the last outings of the team led by Frédéric Antonetti in order to better prepare their players before this capital duel for the end of the season.