Preview : CSKA Moscow v AS Monaco – Champions League

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Monaco head to Russia this evening on the back of a disheartening loss at Toulouse on Friday. Leonardo Jardim opted for a rotated side, with several players having been in action internationally, and paid the price, as an aggressive Toulouse side won 3-1, a margin that could have been more had the hosts been more clinical. Nevertheless, Monaco are in good stead […]

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Preview : Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Champions League

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Having conceded seven goals in their last two league matches, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that Lyon are a club in flux. After comprehensive defeats of Nancy and Caen to start the season, last year’s runners-up have dropped six points and seem to be riddled with problems. A perfect storm of injuries and poor form have […]

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Preview : Tottenham v Monaco – Champions League

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When Monaco were last in the Champions’ League proper, in 2014-15, they qualified directly by finishing second in Ligue 1. In this edition, it took a pair of playoff rounds, and some might have it that they were lucky with regards to their opponents. Both Fenerbahce and Villarreal could be considered favorable draws; both were hit hard by injuries and suspensions, making […]

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Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

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With just six days between matches, and seemingly no change in the fitness issues that are currently plaguing Villarreal, the overriding assumption is that today’s match between hosts Monaco and the Spanish side is all but a foregone conclusion. After all, at the weekend while Monaco were able to eke out a victory away at the always-challenging Nantes, despite using […]

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Preview: Villareal v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

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The early start to Monaco’s season means that the club will have played seven competitive matches before the end of August, no easy feat given a very short summer. Many are eagerly anticipating their clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1’s third matchday, but before Leonardo Jardim’s side take on the champions, a much more pressing task awaits in the form […]

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Preview : Monaco v Fenerbahce – Champions League Qualifying

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While an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis forced youngster Loic Badiashile into action last Wednesday, Monaco looked none the worse for wear. Yes, a 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce was less than ideal, but given their away goal, the tie is far from over. Indeed, with first-choice goalkeeper Danijel Subasic back in training, as well as newly arrived centre […]

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Preview: Fenerbahce v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

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In the last three seasons, the third-placed French team has failed to reach the group stages of the Champions’ League, most recently Monaco losing to Valencia in a somewhat unlucky fashion in the play-off round last season. Again, their season starts in late July, in the third qualifying round, and this time Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce are their opponents. Fenerbahce have a […]

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Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

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Welcome back Eric Devin to look in-depth at the Europa League challenges ahead for Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux With several notable flops in Ligue 1 sides’ recent past, the qualification stages of European competition have been something of a banana skin of late. In Europa qualifying, in 2013 Saint-Etienne stumbled against Danish minnows Esbjerg, OGC Nice exited to the Cypriot team […]

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