Monaco coach hails Echiejile, others


Valencia's French midfielder Sofiane Feghouli (R) vies with Monaco's Nigerian defender Uwa Echiejile Elderson during the UEFA Champions League playoff football match between Valencia CF vs AS Monaco FC at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on August 19, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ BIEL ALINO

 Monaco’s Nigerian defender Uwa Echiejile Elderson gets praise alongside teammates AFP PHOTO/ BIEL ALINO

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is believes Elderson Echiejile and teammates have turned around the corner following their 2-1 away win against Bastia on Saturday.

Jardim’s side bounced back to winning ways with Echiejile playing an instrumental role to the win after the suffered a shock defeat at home to Anderlecht in the Europa League last season and he says the team is progressing.

“It is always good to win and three victories in five matches is a good return. The team is progressing. We needed to be patient against a Bastia side who are solid at home,” Echiejile’s coach began in an interview with Ligue

“We were aggressive and I was never worried about the way we were playing in the first half. Bastia played with more intensity than us but we were not bad. This is an important victory because we achieved it with a lot of young players, which corresponds to the club’s project of developing youngsters.

“Our objective is to be on the podium, not at the winter break but after Week 38. My team is going to progress. But it is difficult to explain why we are better away from home.”

The seven time Ligue 1 winners travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in their final group game in the Europa League on Thursday needing a win and hope Qarabağ beats Anderlecht to qualify from the next round.

Echiejile who has played ten games for Monaco in the Ligue 1 have six points from five games.