Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco celebrate v Villareal

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

Monaco training at Villareal

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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Marquinhos at Right Back – the Right Move for Him and PSG?

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This is a guest article from Eric Devin – you can read his blog Eric Talks Soccer and follow him on Twitter here.   While Paris Saint-Germain’s use of Marquinhos at right back over the course of January was largely born out of necessity, as Toulouse loanee Serge Aurier’s Ivory Coast side captured the African Cup of Nations, and Gregory van der Wiel has been largely at sea thus far, his sterling […]

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