A legendary duo. Glenn Hoddle and Mark Hateley made their return to the Stade Louis-II, 27 years after their French title winning exploits, the two Englishmen revisited the stadium they once lit up with their performances.
Tunnel, pitch, dressing room, wall of legends... There were plenty of memories. "It's really nice to be here, seeing friends again. Monaco is a unique place. I made some good friends here. It's good to be back!", explained Mark Hateley, in front of a photo alongside Arsène Wenger and Hoddle.
AS Monaco's greatest number 10 was similarly delighted. "It's wonderful to see friends again here, people I haven't seen in a long time. There are a lot of memories for me here. To look at, it hasn't changed all that much from my time at Monaco ," said Glenn Hoddle.
Jean Petit, who was there for the two legends' return, pointed out how the duo used to get the crowd going. "I've not seen a more skilled player than Hoddle. Yet there have been some greats at Monaco, Weah, etc... And I've not seen a more combative player than Hateley. You'd be glad to go into battle with him at your side", he explains in admiration.
Who better to talk about the forthcoming Champions League clash with Arsenal, than the men who were brought to the Principality by a certain Arsène Wenger...
For Hateley, "It's going to be a contest between two different styles. Arsenal are very good going forward. While Monaco are very well organised at the back, compact and disciplined. It's going to be fascinating." Meanwhile, Hoddle thinks it will be an emotional reunion between Wenger and Monaco, and admits it will be "tough for the Red and Whites, because Arsenal are playing very well, but with the second leg at home, anything's possible..."