Jardim hopes Monaco can kick on after Nice win

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.

Head coach Leonardo Jardim is refusing to get carried away as his Monaco side picked up their first win of the season against Nice on Tuesday night.

The pressure has been mounting on Jardim after Monaco failed to pick up a win in their opening six games, but thankfully for him and all concerned with the club, the drought came to an end against Nice.

Patrick Vieira’s men went into the game with four wins but it was Monaco who edged in front as Aleksandr Golovin grabbed his first goal of the night on 29 minutes.

Patrick Burner equalised for Nice, but Golovin netted his second goal in the 74th minute before Wissam Ben Yedder completed the scoring six minutes later.

Jardim was relieved to get the win but stressed the importance of building on it when they return to action this weekend.


“Unfortunately the season does not start tonight,” he said. “The team played a big match with a lot of solidarity, playing a 90 full minutes, I think we controlled the game. I’m happy for the players.

“It’s important, it’s our first win. We know our values, we are a working football team. We’re keeping calm and we will continue to work.

“Winning is always motivating, that’s how football is. In pre-season when you win it does not earn you points. We are in control of the matches more and more. The players are progressing, Saturday must continue in this direction.”