‘I don’t think the team are scared’: Thierry Henry remains defiant after disaster start as Monaco and insists the team do not fear relegation
- Thierry Henry has insisted his Monaco players are not scared of being relegated
- The former France international has not won any of his four matches in charge
- Monaco are languishing in 19th place after losing 1-0 to Reims on Saturday
- Henry admits his side are in a tough situation but that his players are undaunted
Thierry Henry has taken a defiant stand against Monaco’s prospects of being relegated from the French top flight by insisting his side do not fear it.
The former France international is yet to win a single game since being appointed last month after Monaco slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Reims on Saturday.
The loss leaves them languishing in 19th place in the Ligue 1 table but, while Henry accepts their current situation looks perilous, the manager is adamant his players are undaunted by the task at hand.
Thierry Henry has insisted his Monaco side are not scared of being relegated after another loss
Mathieu Cafaro celebrates after scoring the only goal as Reims beat Monaco on Saturday
Strasbourg 2-1 Monaco
Club Brugge 1-1 Monaco
Monaco 2-2 Dijon
Reims 1-0 Monaco
‘I don’t think the team are scared [of being relegated] but it is difficult mentally. It’s a tough situation the one we are facing,’ he said after Saturday’s defeat.
‘Now, as I said a lot of times, there is still plenty of points to take.
‘But, of course, if there will be a bigger gap between the teams ahead of us and us, it will start to be difficult.
‘But, one more time, it’s not easy to be in that kind of situation.’
Furious Monaco travelling support coming down from their seats in Reims to give Thierry Henry & his players a piece of their minds. pic.twitter.com/mDT2KQH6og
Supporters vented their frustration after Saturday’s loss, which left them languishing in 19th
The club’s fans vented their frustrations at the end of Saturday’s game with a flare appearing to be set off on to the pitch as Henry and his team went over to acknowledge their support.
The former Arsenal striker was disappointed his side failed to implement the tactics that were put in place after a good week of preparations.
He added after the game: ‘The week has been good during the training, I won’t say it hasn’t been good, but the game didn’t reflect what happened during this good week.
‘You also have an opponent during the game, of course. Reims was just better than us.’
Monaco are already four points adrift of 17th-placed Dijon and have accrued just seven points from their first 12 league games.
Henry’s men face the unenviable task of trying to pick up a result against the runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain in their next league game.
The former France international is still waiting for his first victory as Monaco manager
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