Ouattara in action against Panathinaikos Photo Courtesy: EuroLeague

Ghana born French International Guard Yakuba Ouattara has spoken extensively about AS Monaco’s struggles in the 2021 Euroleague Basketball Championship.

Monaco ranks 11th on the 18 team league standings of the celebrated continental competition in Europe with five wins and six losses in 11 outings.

Ouattara returned after missing several games due to injury (ACB Photo / D. Ligero)

The team has won just one game away from home including losses to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Anadolu Efes in its last two outings away from France.

In an interview with BeBasket, the 6 foot 3 inch Combo Guard pointed out to the team’s defense as the main issue that needs to be fixed.

Photo Courtesy: Monaco

“We have a lot of work both offensively and defensively…In attack, there will always be talent even if sometimes we lack cohesion but on defense, we cannot win the Euroleague if we collect as many points as points as in Maccabi (98)and Istanbul (95). Is not acceptable” he stated.

Yakuba Ouattara (born in Tepa in Ghana’s Ashanti Region) in action for France Photo Courtesy: L’Equipe

After spending a season with Coosur Real Betis, Ouattara returned to Monaco this season for his seventh campaign as a professional basketball player. However, he is averaging just three points in 8:47 minutes across six games in the Euroleague.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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