Yakuba Ouattara returned to a club he knows perfectly well: Monaco. The winger will find Zvezdan Mitrovic with whom the tide has always gone well.
Return to the family
With Monaco on is connected. It’s the family, the house. It makes always happy to come back the low. Playing the Euroleague with Monaco is huge but it’s not such a big surprise. When you know the leaders, their ambitions since their arrival … Since returning to the first division, they always have more each year.
Coaching from Zvezdan Mitrovic
Every year there are results, it is not for nothing. His method works well, he knows how to use his players and show them off. He has playing principles which are very simple but rigorous. He is a really great person. There is Zvezdan in match and Zvezdan every day. It’s not the same person, it’s like us players. He’s not going to push the player to do things they don’t know how to do. What I also like a lot about him is that you have a big or a small contract, it doesn’t make a difference. When he has something to say he will say it. He’s not doing a favor.
A team with a dual culture, French and European
It was also the goal of the club. As he is new to the Euroleague, you need players with good experience and making good moves with players who have not yet been revealed at this level. I think they managed to find a good balance between the two.
The arrival by Mike James ? I am told about it all day long. It’s normal because a player like that is unheard of in France. Obviously it makes people talk. He’s a very cool person, available to the collective, very talented. Sounds like a really good guy.
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