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Oct 19, 2018 at 1am UK at ​Stade de la Meinau (Strasbourg)
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Result: Henry knows he must ‘heal minds’ to bring about Monaco improvement

Result: Henry knows he must ‘heal minds’ to bring about Monaco improvement
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Former Arsenal star is back in the Principality charged with dragging the club out of trouble.

Thierry Henry has admitted his Monaco players need to rediscover their confidence as he prepares for his first game in charge of the Ligue 1 strugglers at Strasbourg on Saturday.

The former France international has taken over a team in crisis, with last weekend’s home defeat to Rennes – their 10th game without a win – dumping them into the relegation zone.

And Henry appreciates the size of the task ahead at ninth-placed Strasbourg, who have made a solid start to the season and head into the game on a run of two games without defeat.

Henry told reporters at a press conference: “I have talked to them about finding the desire to play. We have to regain confidence and security.

“We still have some players who have been champions of France, and there are others who will become so.

“It is necessary to heal the players’ minds on the pitch. They have to be brave and they have to show creativity with the ball – to find that desire to play and work whilst having fun.”

Henry, whose status as a coach rose during his role as assistant to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, has been spending time studying Saturday’s opponents as well as recalling some memories from his playing days.

“I am not impatient but I really want the players to start working on some of the concepts I have set up for Strasbourg,” added Henry.

“They (Strasbourg) have been working in a certain way since the beginning of the season and I know that they are in a better place now than they were at this stage last season.

“It is not easy but video will be my best friend for a while. I have already played at the (Stade de la) Meinau and I know the atmosphere there is amazing, so it is not going to be easy.”

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG18162053104350
2Lille21115533211238
3Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2010643123836
4Lyon209743324934
5Montpellier HSCMontpellier1987426161031
6Nice208661518-330
7StrasbourgStrasbourg207853224829
8Rennes208572927229
9Marseille198473229328
10Reims206951619-327
11Nimes197572728-126
12Bordeaux196762222025
13NantesNantes206592627-123
14Toulouse205782031-1122
15Angers194872124-320
16AmiensAmiens2154121835-1719
17Caen203982028-818
18Dijon1945101732-1517
19MonacoMonaco2036111831-1315
20GuingampGuingamp2035121636-2014

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