Jardim looking to shore up leaky Monaco defence
Leonardo Jardim said he needs to work on his Monaco side’s defending after an error-strewn 4-3 defeat against Marseille at Stade Louis II.
Monaco enjoyed a great start to the Ligue 1 clash with a brace from Wissam Ben Yedder putting them two-up inside the opening 26 minutes.
However, Marseille pulled back two goals in the space of three minutes – from Dario Benedetto and Valere Germain – to leave them level four minutes before half-time.
Dimitri Payet put Marseille ahead on the hour before Benedetto grabbed his second on 66 minutes to virtually seal the points for the visitors.
Keita gave Monaco hopes of a fightback when he pulled one back 15 minutes from time, but Marseille held on for the win.
The result leaves Monaco without a win in five games and sitting second-bottom in Ligue 1 with just two points.
Afterwards, Jardim felt his players “panicked” when Marseille made it 2-1 and he bemoaned the mistakes made in conceding the four goals.
He said: “They came back with a lot of confidence, but we still reacted well with the third goal. It is difficult for us, but we made a lot of mistakes. We must be more vigilant.”
Jardim added: “I will not compare the beginning of this season to last year. The important thing is this year. We give away a lot of goals, and we need to work on that. We need to adjust our defense; we must stay more focused and have more impact.”