Eliot Matazo: "Happy to finish the group stage unbeaten"
He played the entire match in Austria. In difficult weather conditions in Graz, where the thermometer read -1 ° at kick-off, Eliot Matazo got some imo playing time and experience at European level. Happy to bring back a point from this challenging match with AS Monaco (1-1), the young Belgian midfielder gave his impressions of the game before returning to the Principality.
Good evening Eliot. We imagine that it is a point of satisfaction to finish this group undefeated…
Yes, of course. The start of the match was tough, but it was important to us to finish the group stage of the Europa League well. I think we did well despite the difficult conditions here. It’s nice to say that we have remained undefeated, and now we are looking forward the rest of the competition.
This is the first time that AS Monaco have finished the group stage of a European tournament unbeaten. What does this mean to you?
It’s a source of pride. It’s always good to be part of the history of the Club, it’s nice. It will motivate us for the future, whether for the league or to go further in the Europa League.
Personally you played a full 90 minutes. How did you feel?
It feels good to get back in action a bit after my short absence, to find some rhythm and to put some minutes in my legs. I’m happy to keep playing more matches and gaining more experience at the highest level.
How do you judge the performance of the young players like yourself tonight?
There are a lot of young people who had the opportunity to play tonight, even if we sometimes lacked the rhythm a little. It’s important for us to accumulate playing time and experience, especially in Europe. It was a complicated game, but I think we handled it well with this draw.
This is good preparation for you for Sunday’s game against PSG…
Yes of course, it was an opportunity for us to prepare well for this big match against the league leader, to work on our relationships with eatch other and to rotate a bit, to rest those players who have been playing many matches in a row lately. We know this Paris Saint-Germain team very well, we will have to be very focused and try to take all the chances. In any case, we will do our utmost to bring back a result from the Parc des Princes.
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