Henry taking positives from opening Monaco defeat

Thierry Henry got off to a losing start as Monaco head coach

Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

Monaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions after they cruised to a 5-0 thrashing of Amiens at the Parc des Princes despite resting several key players.

Strasbourg took the lead after seventeen minutes when 22-year-old Monaco goalkeeper Seydou Sy failed to deal with a routine effort and allowed Adrien Thomasson to open the scoring. "It's a human error".

"We tried to put something in place that worked from the beginning, but we let in a goal that I do not need to describe".

It would remain that way until after the hour mark, whereupon the 41-year-old Frenchman elected to make a change, bringing on the winger Samuel Grandsir, but it wouldn't prove impactful for Henry, or at least not positively impactful. "I want to keep positive despite the negatives..."

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But Monaco's biggest blow came in the 66th minute when Grandsir - introduced as a substitute just one minute and 51 seconds earlier - was shown a straight red card for a high foot on Anthony Goncalves. The game could have turned in our favour, but it didn't.

Monaco had a number of chances from set pieces before Strasbourg's Lebo Mothiba chipped over the advancing Sy six minutes from time.

Earlier Paris St Germain made it a ideal 10 wins out of 10 with a 5-0 hammering of Amiens at the Parc Des Princes, while Lille beat Dijon 2-1 to stay in second place, eight points behind the leaders.

Henry's second game is a trip to Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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