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 : 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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XI LIGUE 1 Players Your Club Needs This Summer

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With European sides now regularly scouting Ligue 1 for players to sign, Rich Allen has put together an XI of players whom clubs may want to take a closer look at this summer. Steve Mandanda – Goalkeeper – Marseille Steve Mandanda has been a loyal servant and beyond for Marseille since he joined initially on loan in 2007. Time and again […]

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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

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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

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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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