Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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Le50 2016: Thomas Lemar – AS Monaco

LEMAR

Asked to describe Thomas Lemar’s ability, former team-mate Alaeddine Yahia said “his left foot is amazing – it’s like a hand – he puts the ball where he wants”. So Foot magazine said that Lemar’s cross-field balls, delivered with his left foot, should be UNESCO-protected. Anthony Martial said of him “he’s small, thin, frail, but he never loses the ball […]

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Le50 2016: Adama Traoré – AS Monaco

ADAMA

To call Adama Traoré’s last 12 months a roller-coaster would be a generous simplification. A year ago he was getting ready to score his second goal of the season for Lille against Bordeaux, and now he has finally made his way back from a five-month absence, recovering from a fractured ankle. For many young players, they would fall out of […]

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Rennes v Monaco: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 35

Dembele

The big match of the weekend, in terms of European qualification anyway, sees Rennes host Monaco. Whilst the home side need the points to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Europa League football next season, Monaco will be looking for the win and the points in their quest to finish in second place and the final automatic Champions League qualification […]

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Le50 2016: Almamy Touré – AS Monaco

TOURE

Considering that he had been compared numerous times already to Lilian Thuram, it seemed almost inevitable that Almamy Touré should mimic France’s record cap-holder’s most celebrated match. In Monaco’s 3-3 draw at Marseille in November 2015, Touré stole the show, scoring an excellent double from right back. His first was nothing spectacular, diverting home a free kick when left unmarked, […]

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Le50 2016: Bernardo Silva – AS Monaco

SILVA

Just as it has been a frustratingly stop-start season for Monaco, so too has it been a campaign lacking any particular rhythm for Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese attacking midfielder was one of their shining lights offensively last term, and with the likes of Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco departing last summer, it was anticipated that the former Benfica man would take up even […]

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Monaco v Marseille: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 34

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Sunday evening’s headline match is a south-coast derby between two of Ligue 1’s big guns. And as we enter full squeaky-bum time, both Monaco and Marseille could really do with a win. Having been PSG’s dauphin for 12 straight weeks, at one point with a double-figure lead over their rivals, recent poor form has dropped Monaco to third place (behind […]

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