They have finally averted their usual fate in their away jersey. After three defeats conceded in blue and yellow, AS Monaco won away to Dijon (1-0) on Matchday 16 in Ligue 1. Kevin Volland, as the only scorer of this game on an assist from his captain (four goals on his last five shots on target) Wissam Ben Yedder, the German was necessarily delighted with the result gleaned by the team and his superb goal. Here are excerpts from his post-match press conference.
How did you experience this game, where the forwards had little opportunity to show themselves?
Yes it was really difficult for us today, but we knew how this Dijon team was going to play a tough style. I think we showed a better face in the first half, that’s obvious. We created a lot of scoring chances. We controlled the game afterwards, although with five minutes to go in the first half we were almost undone. In the second half we were a bit lucky in a few situations, even though we could have killed the game as well. I think after those three losses it was a good game, it was important to win. We are very happy to have recorded this result.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) December 20, 2020
Tell us about your goal…
It’s a combination that we’ve been working on a lot in training. I give the ball to Sofiane who gives it back to me, and I do a one-two with Wissam, who gives me a great ball and I score. It’s a one touch style which reflects the quality we have on this team and I think it’s an important goal for us today. It symbolizes the relationships that are created between us.
Do you think there was doubt in the team after those three losses?
No, we weren’t worried. In the last few games we haven’t been very good and it was important to show a reaction today. I don’t think we played our best game of the season against Dijon, whether with or without the ball, but I think the most important thing was the result. We respected what the coach wanted to see from us. And it’s a good victory for us.
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