Jardim admits PSG were 'much too strong' for Monaco

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Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim acknowledged Paris Saint-Germain were simply too strong for his side in Saturday's 4-1 Coupe de la Ligue final defeat.

The Ligue 1 leaderswere dealt an early blow when JulianDraxleropened the scoring after just four minutes from what seemed like an offside position, but ThomasLemarboosted their hopes of emerging victorious when he levelledin the27thminute.

Cavani helps PSG make history

Angel Di Maria restoredPSG's leadlate in the first halfbefore Edinson Cavani's brace completed a resounding win after the interval as PSG became the first side to lift the trophy four years in succession.

However, Jardimwas quick to stress Monacostill have plentyto play for thisseasonwith Coupe de France,Ligue1 and Champions League glory all still within their reach.

Angel Di Maria Benjamin Mendy PSG Monaco Coupe de la Ligue 01042017
Angel Di Maria Benjamin Mendy PSG Monaco Coupe de la Ligue 01042017

"Our objective was to win the final, but PSG were superior. They were much too strong this evening," Jardim said at a news conference.

"It was the first time in a final for a lot of our players. This was an important experience for them. PSG have a lot of experienced players and are used to playing finals. It had been seven years since we last played one.

"We conceded two goals at crucial moments, one at the end of the first half and another early in the second half.

"But that we lost here does not mean we will not be able to perform in the remainder of the season.

"Every competition has its place and is different. We have a Coupe de France game against Lille coming up and then turn our focus to Ligue 1 again."

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