Europa League Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Ajax

OL fail v Ajax

OL. Oh dear. Oh well. A 4-1 defeat in their semi-final first leg against Ajax gives les Gones a mountain to climb when they still seem a decent bet to trip over their own feet if the opportunity presents itself. It was a heavy defeat, despite the best efforts of Anthony Lopes, who made 12 (twelve) saves, the most in any […]

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Champions League Preview : Juventus v AS Monaco

ASM lose to Juve

Monaco head to Turin seeking to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg against Juventus, to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2004. While they rebounded nicely to win at Nancy at the weekend, keeping their sights firmly on the Ligue 1 title, the league-leaders must surely have been disappointed with their 2-0 loss at […]

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Europa League Preview : Ajax v Olympique Lyonnais

OL beat Besiktas

Given everything Lyon have been through recently, it seems slightly ironic – if not portentous – that their next game is against a character from the Iliad. Fourth in Ligue 1, the last couple of weeks for OL have seen them losing 4-1 at home to Lorient, losing any chance of the Champions League next season, their fans taking to […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Juventus

ASM beat BVB

In the opinion of many, Monaco being drawn against Juventus represented a worst-case scenario for Leonardo Jardim’s effervescent side. The Italian champions had topped a tricky group containing Sevilla and Lyon, and haven’t conceded in the competition since November, a run of nearly 500 minutes. In addition to a very solid defence, in Paulo Dybala Juventus have, like Monaco, a […]

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Coupe de France Semi-Final Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v AS Monaco

PSG v ASM CDF

On paper this looks to be another highly-anticipated encounter between the division’s top two sides. In reality, to be quite frank, Monaco couldn’t care less about the outcome of the Coupe de France semi-final against PSG. In his press conference on Monday, Leonardo Jardim was honest in his assessment that his side’s focus was far more on Saturday’s Ligue 1 […]

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Coupe de France Semi-Final Preview : Angers SCO v EA Guingamp

ASCO v EAG CDF banner

It’s the business end of the season and as well as a title race, that also means the prospect of Cup Glory. While many eyes will turn to the other semi-final, PSG v Monaco, as an adjunct to the title race (Monaco still edging that), League Cup (PSG surprisingly comprehensive victors) and relative success in European competition (Monaco definitely edging that), […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Borussia Dortmund

Mbappe v BVB

After a first leg in which the focus was hardly on football, following a nerve-shattering attack on Dortmund’s team bus, Die Schwarzgelben make the trip to Monaco ready to overcome a 3-2 deficit from the first leg. Like the Ligue 1 leaders, they won at the weekend, but it was far from a stirring performance. Unlike Monaco, however, Dortmund did […]

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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

as-monaco

“We have an incredible atmosphere here,” warned Dortmund midfielder Raphaël Guerreiro in yesterday’s press conference ahead of a visit from Monaco in the Champions’ League quarterfinal. “There will be a lot of pressure, and they will be surprised.” While it is true that the Westfalenstadion is one of Europe’s most intimidating places to play, the match will more than likely […]

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