Niko Kovac reflected on Monaco’s victory at Paris Saint-Germain as the French side completed a season sweep of the Ligue 1 champions.
Niko Kovac said Monaco had to nullify star Kylian Mbappe as he revealed how the French side surprised Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Since Nancy in 2011-12, Monaco became the first team to defeat PSG twice in a single Ligue 1 season, thanks to the 2-0 shock on Sunday in Paris.
Fourth-placed Monaco, who came within two points of PSG and six of Lille’s leaders across 26 matches, kept Mbappe quiet.
Afterward, Monaco head coach Kovac told Canal+: “I am very happy with the performance of my team. Paris is a great team.”
“We played very hard for 90 minutes and we deserved the victory. They didn’t have a lot of opportunities. I have to congratulate my players.”
“Our plan? We had to erase Kylian Mbappe because he’s a great striker. Deprive him of the ball by being three or four on him. In defense, we showed another face of Monaco, because we didn’t concede many chances.”
“Tonight was wonderful. This is what we needed. We managed to beat PSG for the second time, now we are going home and going to rest.”