Monaco: Henry taking positives from opening defeat

Annette Crawford
October 22, 2018

Appointed as manager of Monaco - the club at which he began his professional playing career - earlier in the month, he was unable to prevent them losing 2-1 away to Strasbourg on Saturday night.

Frenchman Henry, 41, saw his side go behind when goalkeeper Seydou Sy fumbled an Adrien Thomasson header.

Monaco, Ligue 1 title winners in 2017 under Henry's predecessor Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked on 11 October, have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season.

Strasbourg would soon put a second past their visitors, before Youri Tielemans scored a late response for Monaco from the penalty spot in injury time.

After a quiet first half, things got worse for Monaco in the second when substitute Samuel Grandsir was sent off two minutes after his introduction.

"But I want to keep positive despite the negatives". In addition, we lost [Radamel] Falcao at the beginning.

Henry - a World Cup victor and Arsenal's all-time record goal-scorer who started his playing career at Monaco - made four changes to the team which lost to Rennes before the worldwide break, with former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic restored up front.

Monaco had a number of chances from set pieces before Strasbourg's Lebo Mothiba chipped over the advancing Sy six minutes from time.

Earlier Paris St Germain made it a ideal 10 wins out of 10 with a 5-0 hammering of Amiens at the Parc Des Princes, while Lille beat Dijon 2-1 to stay in second place, eight points behind the leaders.

Henry takes his new side to Belgium on Wednesday evening where they will face Club Brugge in the Champions League.

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