Henry defends Monaco players as boss reflects on battering by Bruges
‘The score does not really reflect the match’: Thierry Henry defends his Monaco players as beleaguered boss reflects on battering by Club Bruges
- Thierry Henry defended his wounded Monaco stars after defeat to Club Bruges
- The Frenchman watched on as the Belgian visitors hit four on Tuesday night
- Defeat at home eliminated Monaco from this season’s Champions League
- REPORT: Belgians run riot as Henry is made to wait for first win as Monaco boss
A beleaguered Thierry Henry insisted ‘the score did not really reflect the match’ as his Monaco side were humbled at home to Club Bruges in a 4-0 beating on Tuesday night.
Defeat saw the struggling French side eliminated from the Champions League and Henry’s difficult start to life as the club’s manager continued with a battering at the hands of the Belgian outfit.
‘The score does not really reflect the match, but in the Champions League if you do not score, you find yourself in this situation,’ Henry said afterwards, according to Monaco’s club website.
Thierry Henry defended his Monaco players after he saw them humbled by Club Bruges
Defeat at home saw the struggling Ligue 1 side eliminated from this year’s Champions League
‘In spite of our good start to the match, we fail to score. After we take concede three goals in twelve minutes I noticed that as soon as we missed something we stopped playing.’
It was a disastrous start for Henry and his players when a Hans Vanaken double and a Wesley Moraes strike put the visitors 3-0 up at the break.
Ruud Vormer added a fourth as a misery compiler and Monaco’s winless run now stretches to 15 games in all competitions.
A double from Hans Vanaken put Club Bruges in cruise control against a wounded Monaco
The visiting supporters had plenty to cheer after Ruud Vormer scored a fourth to cap off the tie
‘When we look at the tactics, we had problems at the beginning of the game,’ Henry added.
‘We had opportunities despite their defense, but if you do not put the ball away, it becomes difficult.’
‘What I remember tonight is that we lost a new player, Kamil Glik, I also remember the good entries of Massengo and Gouano who tried to boost Sofiane Diop, who was still good tonight, and Moussa Sylla improved.. Young people are pulling us up.’
‘We have to try to find the right path, now we know what to focus on and we must try to be positive, we have to try to do everything to find calmness, but as long as you don’t win, we miss it, it’s difficult.’
It is back to the drawing board for Henry, who now has suffered three defeats from five games
Monaco will now switch their attention back to the league where they will face in-form PSG
A 2-0 victory for Atletico Madrid against a previously unbeaten Borussia Dortmund means Group A is all but concluded with those two sides on nine points apiece, Bruges now on four and Monaco on one.
Henry is now three defeats from his opening five games and now faces the daunting prospect of taking on Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have 12 wins from 12 so far in the league and having been humbled by Club Bruges, Henry and his players will be desperately seeking to avoid another hiding on home soil.
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