Henry’s horrible start could get even worse
Thierry Henry wants to go back to basics as he looks to Sunday’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain to kickstart the turnaround of Monaco’s season.
Henry is yet to enjoy victory a month into his Monaco tenure with two draws and three defeats since he took over from Leonardo Jardim, the latest setback being a 4-0 home loss to Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday.
Ligue 1 leaders PSG, yet to drop a single point 12 games into the season, will hardly be welcome visitors under the circumstances, and Henry has told his players they must treat it as a cup match.
“The pleasure is still there but there is also great pressure at a difficult time,” Henry said.
“We know it will not be easy against Paris Saint-Germain. Although it seems complicated, we will try to unsettle them.
“We will try to go back to basics and pressure our opponents like we did in Brugge (a 1-1 draw in October).
“We must be stronger and get back to winning the individual duels. We must look at this match against Paris Saint-Germain as a cup match.”
Monaco have been PSG’s closest rivals in recent years, winning the title in 2016/17 and finishing as runners-up last season.
But they have struggled to hold on to their top talent, and the biggest reminder of that will come on Sunday when Kylian Mbappe returns to Stade Louis II in Paris colours.
While second-bottom Monaco can only look on with envious eyes, PSG continue to sweep all before them, winning 12 out of 12 in the league and scoring 41 goals in the process.
“People are waiting for PSG to win every one of our games,” said Germany defender Thilo Kehrer.
Under pressure: Maligned Monaco boss Thierry Henry (l).