Leonardo Jardim spoke to the media two days ahead of the trip to Nantes; here are the excerpts.
The team is stronger today than in August, because we have made a lot of changes and because the players have been working together. After training success is still theoretical; we need to demonstrate it on the pitch. We have to do it every match and we will have to do it on Friday against an opponent who is doing very well this season.
Nantes are second in the table, they are a team of quality and very motivated. Like all matches we will try to give our best and change the dynamic on the road to win, something we have not yet managed to do. This is the message we gave to the players.
I repeat, when we score goals it is thanks to the collective's effort. When we concede, it's because of the collective. That our attackers are in the spotlight because they are in form, it is normal. But they know that if the goals come, it is then that the whole collective is energized by that. It's the same for the defensive line when we concede goals. Everyone is responsible, especially when we concede goals from a free kick or corner as was the case against Rennes and Montpellier. Some may want to point the finger at the defenders, but the truth is if we concede goals it's a collective problem.
The two goals that "Ben" scored on Sunday are two goals that came as a result of very good technical moves. He is very strong at that, being very good in the area is his outstanding quality even if he has other abilities. He has the technical ability to make the right decisions. Against Rennes he played the whole game, he worked defensively, little by little he progresses physically. The quality that defines high-level players is efficiency in the final third. This is the big difference. Everyone can run, but Ben Yedder in the box is among the world's best.
We have not managed to be as good on the road as at home. We need a little more offensive coherence and to stay stronger defensively. We will try to win the match by having the right balance between offensive work and defensive work.
The most important thing is the match against Nantes, AS Monaco have gone twice to the final and twice to the semifinal of the League Cup in the last five years. We respect the competition. We're going to have three games in nine days, we're probably going to rotate the team a bit, but not only to give some playing time. If we do rotate it will be to stay competitive, because we may need some freshness in the squad.
We have gained stability with three at the back, but I also like the players to keep familiarity with a back four, because in the last match we needed to change the system when Keita replaced Jemerson. It's part of tactical intelligence.
Benoit Badiashile is integral to the club's future. I trained a lot of quality players, but he has a very high ceiling. He is the defender of his age who has the most quality among all that I have trained. He has to work to stay focused for the whole match, to reduce his errors, he has the tools necessary to reach a very high level if he progresses like this.