The season has begun! AS Monaco have played their first preseason match against Red Bull Salzburg this Saturday afternoon. Despite an opening goal conceded in the seventh minute, Niko Kovac’s men won 3-1 thanks to a first goal by Enzo Millot in Red and White, and one each Sofiane Diop and Anthony Musaba at the end of the game. It was a victory, as well as a week of training in Zell Am See, which pleased the Croatian manager, who spoke after the match.
How was this first week of training in Austria?
We have worked hard since Monday in a pleasant setting in Zell Am See and I am satisfied with the attitude and investment shown by the group. Players recognize the importance of effort in preseason as it is such a pivotal moment in a season. This is just the beginning, we have to keep working this way.
🔜 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗿𝗲 𝗲́𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗽𝗲 𝗱𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 🇲🇨⏳ pic.twitter.com/8jJpEWhPWZ
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) July 3, 2021
What lessons have you learned from this first win against Red Bull Salzburg?
Building on what I’ve seen this week, I appreciated the state of mind of my players. Although the result is not so important in this kind of match, I’m happy to see that the boys have shown some of the technical and tactical aspects we’ve worked on this week. They answered the call against the reigning Austrian champion, a team which has resumed training earlier than us.
You were very well received by the supporters of Red Bull Salzburg…
It’s true that I had a great time at this club, where I ended my career and where I also learned the ropes in terms of my coaching. Today I recognized a lot of familiar faces and people I have been lucky enough to work with, I am very happy.