Leonardo Jardim: Critics? I laugh at them, they don't understand anything

20.9.2019.  

After five Ligue 1 matches, Leonardo Jardim's Monaco is the next-to-last team in France with just two points, while conceding 14 goals already. The Principality team suffered last season too, as the 2016/2017 champions of France fought the relegation battle up until the end. Yet, the coach isn't too worried it seems.


Jardim was fired at the beginning of the last season because of a poor start, and then brought back in January after an experiment with Thierry Henry at the head of the club failed.


Now, Monaco fans issued a public statement imploring the club to take necessary decisions and sack the manager.


"Because the club is saying nothing, we are not going to tire ourselves out by writing a lot, despite there being so much to say… Simply, it is time for action: Jardim, thank you, but it is time to leave now, and take with you those that you have been protecting. Otherwise, Misters of the board, the defence, have you seen it? If you don’t understand anything, bring in the professionals that enabled this club to win to help you understand. No problem signing cheques, just make sure they are the right ones."


Jardim was at the head of Monaco for four years, which saw the club qualify for the Champions League regularly, but also win the league in 2017, while reaching the CL semi-finals. Jardim was a big part of Monaco profiting on many players like Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and others.


Yet, the position of the club is a grave one, but Jardim has an interesting view of the criticism coming his way, which mostly regard his light approach to training and stubbornly pushing some players. 


"Fans have a reason to be unhappy, the results have not been good. What I have to say to you is that Monaco has experienced players with quality but no collective yet. We are working on it. This group of players only had five practice sessions together! Criticism? I even laugh a little ... Life is like that. Last year they said the same thing, they criticized the Jardim method, the preparation ... It's the same people who once said I was fantastic, they talked about the Champions League, the quality of our game ... What changes is the result. People don't understand anything and judge everything by results," explained Jardim.


The Principality club did reinforce itself heavily this summer bringing in Wissam Ben Yedder, Islam Slimani, Gelson Martins, Guillermo Maripa, Benjamin Lecomte, Adrien Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Jean-Kevin Augustin, and others. 



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