AS Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim was pleased with his team’s performance in their 2-0 win over SC Bastia at Stade Louis II on Tuesday.
Monaco went ahead in the 35th minute when Bastia defender Francois Modesto found his own net, and extended their lead in the second half thanks to Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva’s 73rd-minute strike.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," Jardim said. "Our attitude was good and the team held its shape well. Bastia didn't play with the same intensity as Angers (who beat Monaco 3-0 on Saturday). But our intensity was good.
Brazlian striker Vagner Love, a recent signing from Corinthians, made his first start against Bastia, but Jardim was not willing to throw another Brazilian, centre-back Jermerson, into the mix just yet.
"[Love] has a lot of experience, but he needs to find his rhythm," the Portuguese boss added. "He is a different kind of player from Lacina [Traoré] and [Guido] Carrillo.
"[Jemerson is] not yet ready to play. He needs to train and see how things go, see how it's different from Brazil. He was in the squad so he could get to know the lads and observe. The derby (against OGC Nice on Saturday) is very important for us and for the fans."
Meanwhile, Bastia coach François Ciccolini admitted that his "weren't firing on all cylinders", as they struggled to find top form again after beating Olympique Lyonnais at the weekend.
"A lack of cutting edge wasn't our only problem," he said. "Physically, we were far from our condition on Saturday. But it's very tough for some of the players to play every three days.
"I told the players that if we keep playing with this same work rate, we won't get anywhere. We played too deep and we couldn't take the handbrake off. It's a question of confidence. But it's tough to change that because we have gotten into some bad habits."