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Lopes: Henry deserved more time at Monaco

Former AS Monaco striker Rony Lopes has defended the work of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The pair worked together at ASM before Henry's dismissal. The French coach is now in charge of Montreal Impact, while Lopes is with Sevilla.

"The time with Henry was a very hard campaign because it was a moment in the season when we had 17 injured players," former Manchester City forward Lopes said to The Athletic. "We played in the Champions League with five strikers who were 18 years old.

"Even if they are good players, they do not have the experience to play games like that. It was a hard season for them. I have never been in a situation like that in my life.

"I think people don't really know what happened with Thierry. In my opinion, the club did not give him enough time. The training sessions were really good and the ideas were bright, engaging and good.

"When he had the players back fit, and the team starting to be how he wanted, the club sacked him. I did not agree with that. If they had given him more time, he could have been a fantastic coach for Monaco."

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