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. “
Leonardo Jardim has returned to Monaco, having guided the club to the 2016-17 #Ligue1 title before being sacked last October
And the Portuguese reveals he simply couldn't say no…
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