Philippe Clement makes bold declaration of Rangers’ win over Prague

Philippe Clement makes bold declaration of Rangers’ win over Prague
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Philippe Clement, Manager of Rangers, looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between Rangers FC and AC Sparta Praha at Ibrox Stadium on November 09, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Philippe Clement has declared Thursday’s win over Sparta Prague as the best match of his fledgling career at Ibrox.

Combining quality football with grit and staying power, Rangers gutted their way to the 3 points, with a hint perhaps of small fortune too in there as the manager contented himself with the result and the overall match.

Speaking afterwards he said:

“Yes (this was the best), because if you see the strength of the opponent also. I think this is the best team we have played against so far, in Prague also of course. The first half was really good. I want to see that football in 90 minutes, that’s the goal.”

It is clear the first 30 were outstanding, with a slight tail off towards 45, before the second half brought out the grittier side.

He went on:

“I know you cannot do that in a few weeks from the situation we were in. You need more time for that, to get everyone at the really top physical level also to do all that intensity and high speeds with and without the ball.”

Clement acknowledges his squad is still nowhere near at the level he wants, in terms of fitness, but that inside a month of him taking over, it was able to play like that against Prague then hold out for 45 minutes with some gritty grinding is what he wants.

We know the team isn’t going to be stunning for all 90 minutes in matches of this calibre in general, and the manager is delighted with the level we did hit in that first half, and for seeing it out.

It’s still early days under Clement, but boy are they promising.

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