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Team 24 July 2021, 20:07

Niko Kovac: "I draw a lot of positives from our performance"

Niko Kovac: "I draw a lot of positives from our performance"
The Rouge et Blancs' coach was satisfied after the team's victory against Wolfsburg (2-1), their third in four preseason games.

It was a fourth friendly match and a third preseason win for Aleksandr Golovin and his teammates, the Russian scoring the second and winning goal against Wolfsburg (2-1). Niko Kovac’s players turned things around after falling 1-0 late in the first period. It was a match, then, from which the Monegasque coach took several positives following an intense week of training in Stegersbach. Here is his reaction.

The results are only of relative importance in a preseason. What matters most to me is attitude, a willingness to succeed, and their state of mind.
Niko KovacManager, AS Monaco

Coach, what lessons do you take from this win after having fallen behind?

Once again, I draw a lot of positives from our performance against a strong team who will play in the Champions League group stage. The boys gave a lot and they’re trying to reproduce certain patterns worked on in recent weeks in training. It’s encouraging.

You must also be satisfied with the team’s record  — three wins and one draw this preseason?

The results are only of relative importance in a preseason. What matters most to me is attitude, a willingness to succeed, and their state of mind. These are the  elements that we saw on display this afternoon and throughout the course of preseason.

More specifically, how did this second training camp in Austria go?

Everything went very well. We knew coming here that we could count on working in excellent facilities and we had that. Although we obviously still have a lot of work to do in this preseason, I am satisfied so far with the team’s investment and the work being done by the whole squad.

Rise. Risk. Repeat.

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