Henry’s hor­ri­ble start could get even worse

Sport360 - - Serie A - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

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).

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