PARIS (AP) - Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Marseille counterpart Marcelo Bielsa don’t have much time left to adapt to the French league.
Monaco, a title contender, has zero points after two matches, while Marseille has one point.
Jardim and Bielsa had successful spells at Sporting and Athletic Bilbao, respectively, but they still have to prove themselves in France.
Both coaches are still waiting for reinforcements. In the meantime, their tactical approach will be under heavy scrutiny again.
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Monaco’s poor results have prompted Vadim Vasilyev, the club’s vice president, to publicly support Jardim this week.
“It’s not a choice for one season. We are not going to change strategy because of two bad results,” Vasilyev said. “If we believe in our project, we will stick to our strategy. And we believe in Jardim.”
Jardim replaced Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, who led Monaco to a runner-up finish last season. Monaco visits Nantes on Sunday.
Paris Saint-Germain was undefeated last season until it lost 2-0 at Evian in December. That memory will keep the defending champions on their toes when they travel on Friday to the Parc des Sports d’Annecy at the foot of the Alps.
“It was very cold each time we played there,” PSG playmaker Javier Pastore said. “It’s my fourth season at PSG, and it’s the first time that we’ll go and play there in the summer. I hope that will tip the scales in our favor so that we can win.”