Jardim pays tribute to Sochaux

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim insists that Sochaux were worthy winners after his side were knocked out of the Coupe de France on Tuesday.

The Montbeliard outfit are struggling in the second tier of French football, where they face the threat of relegation as they sit second from bottom in the standings.

However, the hosts shocked their Ligue 1 opposition at Stade Auguste-Bonal to emerge 2-1 victors, with goals from Florian Martin (19) and Hadi Sacko (54) booking their place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Jardim, whose team had briefly drawn level through Tiemoue Bakayoko’s 38th-minute equaliser, admits his players struggled to cope with the physical nature of Sochaux and paid the price in the end.

“The objective was to qualify, so we have failed,” he told the official Ligue 1 website. “It was a real physical battle tonight.

“We knew that Ligue 2 sides play very physically, and it was tough for our forwards, who are more technically oriented than physically tough.

“My players made the necessary efforts to try to win the match, but once again it proved difficult for us physically. Sochaux played well on the counter and deserved to win.”