Henry pleased with Fabregas’ Monaco debut

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea applauds the fans during the FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on January 5, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

AS Monaco coach Thierry Henry was satisfied with the way debutant Cesc Fabregas evolved as the game progressed in their 1-1 draw at Marseille

Youri Tielemans cancelled out Maxime Lopez’s opener for Marseille at the Stade Velodrome to hand Monaco a point in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

While the result left Les Monegasques down in 19th-place in the standings, Henry was pleased with Fabregas’ impact on his debut.

The Spaniard, who arrived from Chelsea last week, played the full 90 minutes of the league match and did well in the centre of the Monaco midfield.

“Cesc evolved with the game. Minute after minute, he started to put his hand on the game and take that break,” said Henry, according to FourFourTwo.

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“Naldo also does it behind, [Fabregas] does it in the middle, Rony Lopes does it too, this break between the lines, to be able to see where we have to play, see what the team gives you, where to give the ball.

“On some actions, we could have finished better, but it comes step by step. We have to try to make progress, but I think that, especially in terms of mood, this point is good if we win the next games.

“It’s good for the mood, especially when we are away. It’s good for the mood and the way it went, where once again we had to react and we did it.”

Monaco will next face OGC Nice on Wednesday in another Ligue 1 fixture.