Monaco coach Henry: Facing Arsenal pal Vieira just weird

Ruben Hill
January 17, 2019

Monaco coach Thierry Henry admitted it was "really, really weird" to see Nice boss Patrick Vieira in the opposite dugout as the former Arsenal and France team-mates faced off as managers for the first time.

Benoit Badiashile Mukinayi's header in the 50th minute cancelled out Allan Saint-Maximin's first-half strike and Vieira and Henry had to settle for a point apiece at the Stade Louis II.

In the aftermath, Henry said of Vieira: "It was weird, really weird when I saw him coming out of the locker room".

"We walked the steps together, we used to climb them together when we played". It was really good, a wink.

Lyon went 2-0 down in Toulouse after a Jimmy Durmaz double but Moussa Dembele pulled one back in the 75th, and substitute Fekir levelled with a perfectly curled free kick in the 87th. "We talked, we said two or three things".

The result left Monaco second from bottom with 15 points from 20 games while Nice, who played the second half with 10 men following Ihsan Sacko's red card, stayed sixth on 30 points.

Henry and Vieira shared a long embrace before kick-off in Monaco but the latter played down the meeting, saying: "We both just wished each other luck, that's all".

With 13 minutes to go, Saint-Maximin was denied by Monaco goalkeeper Diego Benaglio after a VAR review adjudged Youcef Atal to have been fouled in the box.

"We have reached an agreement with Batshuayi, and Valencia also accepted it, but Chelsea are blocking the transfer", he said during the presentation of Monaco's new transfer, Naldo.

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