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Ligue 1: In Marseille, Monaco wants to capitalize... and take revenge


Traveling to Marseille this Saturday, ASM will want to take points to get closer to their evening opponent in the standings and forget the first leg.

Two birds with one stone.

This Saturday (9 p.m.), on behalf of the 20th day of Ligue 1, Monaco travels to the Vélodrome for a match that promises to be boiling against Olympique de Marseille.

In the event of victory, ASM, fourth in the Ligue 1 standings before the day, would be two points behind their opponent of the day and therefore on the podium.

A success that could erase the blunder of the first leg.

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Monaco had indeed lost 2-3 to Louis II, after leading 2-1 until the end of the match.

After a mess in the Monegasque defense, Jordan Veretout, very fit at the moment, allowed his team to equalize (83rd).

At the end of additional time, Sead Kolasinac perfectly took over a free kick from Dimitri Payet (90 + 8) to offer the three points to his team.

The result of the first leg didn't fall on the right side for us, unfortunately, but it's true that it was a bit crazy.

We could very well have won this meeting

”, breathes Philippe Clément in a press conference.

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The Monegasque coach does not want to forget this first leg and put pressure on his players.

It's up to us to be focused in all aspects to put in a good performance

,” swears the Belgian technician.

Youssouf Fofana also wants to forget this evening of November 13.

There is a certain disappointment with the first leg.

We had the game in hand, but bowed out at the last second.

It's behind us, and a new championship starts on Saturday

, ”promises the vice-world champion.

Riding the right wave for Monaco

Beyond taking any revenge, the objective is elsewhere for the Rock club.


The result will count, but we will also have to take points in the next matches to improve a potential good performance at the Vélodrome

", continues the Monegasque midfielder.

Because Monaco has been in very good shape since the resumption of the championship.

Ten points taken out of a possible twelve for Philippe Clement's players.

Only... OM, with four wins in four games, are doing better at the moment.

We will have to do everything to win and send a message to the competitors,

insists Fofana


We take the matches one after the other.

The teams in front go fast, but we showed last year that we can wake up at the best of times


The main objective is there for Monaco: to take the three points away from home and get closer - already - to the podium.

Especially since the ASM will benefit from an affordable calendar in the coming weeks: reception of Auxerre and trip to Clermont, before welcoming Paris Saint-Germain in a shock which could relaunch the title race.

In order to compete in the Champions League next season, ASM will in any case have to fight to the end and can count on their attack as their main weapon.

A shock for the Champions League

42 goals scored in 19 league matches: the Monegasque club is the second most prolific in Ligue 1 behind Paris Saint-Germain (46 goals).

It's not a problem for me to have to choose who should play in attack,

plant Philippe Clement.

When you have a squad with nine offensive players who have scored, it's positive, I see competition as an advantage


And Monaco have kept their good form up front since the restart, with 13 goals scored in the last four matches.

Most prolific attack since the resumption, tied with… OM.

For his part, Igor Tudor expects “

a big game against AS Monaco.

A meeting ready to sparkle in a molten Velodrome.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-01-28

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