Ligue 1: Adi Hutter has 'lofty ambitions' with leader Monaco

New Monaco coach Adi Hutter says he has lofty ambitions with the French club after a blistering start to their Ligue 1 campaign.

Monaco, the only team with three wins after four games, visit Lorient on Sunday to stay top of Ligue 1 ahead of Paris Saint-Germain (which lost to Nice at home 3-2) and Marseille (which hosts Toulouse).

Monaco has the best attack in Ligue 1 with 13 goals scored so far and sits two points ahead of champion PSG and Marseille.

"The team are united with a lofty and complicated objective: the top three,"  Hutter, who was appointed on a two-year contract in July, told AFP. "The most important thing is to get back to Europe," the Austrian added.

As for a first title since 2017, he said: "Yes, we can dream, of course! Sometimes dreams come true. But PSG are still very strong!"

At Monaco, he replaced Belgian Philippe Clement, who stayed a season and a half at the Principality outfit which failed to qualify for a European competition after finishing sixth.

And Hutter, 53, believes he has reached maturity as a coach after 15 years coaching in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

"The road to get here has been long," he said.

Hutter left Borussia Moenchengladbach after just one season in 2021-22 when the team finished a modest tenth.

He began his career at home with RB Salzburg, followed by successful spells with Swiss club Young Boys of Bern and Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt.

He achieved the Austrian Cup-Championship double in 2015 with Salzburg, and the Swiss league title in 2018 with Young Boys, and guided Frankfurt to the Europa League semifinal in 2019.

A former international midfielder, Hutter was capped 14 times for Austria.

"When I arrived in Bern (2015-2018), I found their football boring. We changed it," he said. "In Moenchengladbach, the problem was more complicated. We were unable to make the expected transfers to progress. The group wasn’t hungry enough anymore."

In Monaco, he has the same vision as director of football Thiago Scuro and sporting director Paul Mitchell, who have both also come from the Red Bull football group.

"It's much easier: we have the same vision, we talk the same football, without wasting energy convincing each other.  This group satisfies me. The quality of the young players is much higher than that of Moenchengladbach."

Hutter also praised the professional attitude of captain Wissam Ben Yedder, who was charged with rape last month.

"I only talk about football with him, never about his personal problems," he said. "His performances are not affected and his attitude is professional. There is no doubt, I put the best on the field. Wissam is one of the best."

Monaco's forwards will be put to the test in Lorient. Despite a 3-0 defeat to Le Havre, the Brittany side's goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo has had the greatest number of saves so far with 20 in four matches.

Blanc slate at Lyon. After finishing third last season, Lyon has started the new campaign with three defeats and a draw, leaving it propping up the standings.

Coach Laurent Blanc was axed before the trip to Le Havre on Sunday, with his replacement yet to be appointed.


© Agence France-Presse

1 comment about "Ligue 1: Adi Hutter has 'lofty ambitions' with leader Monaco".
  1. humble 1, September 18, 2023 at 11:22 a.m.

    got tactics wrong at the weekend - failed to close shop in extra time and the winner turned into a draw.  Gotta cover both end and all the way to last whistle. 

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