MONACO - MAY 03: Leonardo Jardim head coach of AS Monaco looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between AS Monaco v Juventus at Stade Louis II on May 3, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Newly appointed Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has rallied his troops ahead of one of the club’s crucial games against Guingamp.

Jardim gave his first press conference via the club’s website since his return, on the eve of a major semifinal of the League Cup against Guingamp

“My vacation is now over. The first time I came it was for the club and the leaders who bet on me four years ago. I could not refuse because of the club’s difficult situation.

“We can achieve our goals by implementing some changes through the transfer market and with current players. As I mentioned at the beginning of the season we can not reach the podium given our current situation. I want to start from scratch, forget the past. We must improve, take stock by putting in place the things necessary to achieve our goal. “

“Sincerely, I do not think about the past. Today we are in a new situation, we have clear goals, for the championship and for the cup matches. The players must know that they play for AS Monaco, a great club that has had great performances. We need to start from scratch.

It’s a special competition. It’s a nice story for Guingamp. They won a cup in recent years. We respect this team. They are usually stronger at home. We must do our utmost to give us the opportunity to reach the final. “

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