Jardim: Bad start, good recovery

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AS Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim was satisfied with an improved second-half showing as his team came from behind to beat Nice 2-1 at Allianz Riviera on Saturday.

French striker Valere Germain scored against his former club just seven minutes into his Nice debut, but things started going wrong for Les Aiglons just before half-time when defender Olivier Boscagli saw red.

Monaco regrouped during the break and took advantage of their extra man in the second half when Bernardo Silva grabbed an equaliser six minutes after the restart before Layvin Kurzawa added a winner 10 minutes later.

"We started badly," Jardim admitted. We didn't press and we defended deep. In the second half we totally controlled things.

"With the changes, the game evolved. We played higher up the pitch and pressed better. The idea now is to recover well in the days to come. We're already thinking about Friday's home game against Lille."

"I feel a lot of frustration and pain for my players, who gave everything," added Nice coach Claude Puel."The winds were against us with injuries and the red card for young Boscagli.

"Despite all of that, at half-time we still believed we could do it. We had a chance for 2-0 at the end of a superb move. We conceded avoidable goals."