Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Juventus

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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

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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

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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

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“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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l’Euphorie Pure: Coupe de France Quarter-Final – Etoile FC Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël v EA Guingamp

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Quarter-final stage of the Coupe de France, possibly the world’s largest cup competition, and two amateur sides are still in it. One is Etoile FC Fréjus-Saint Raphaël, of fourth-tier CFA, who have already made club history but want to make a little bit more. They face En Avant Guingamp, eighth in Ligue 1, and a tricky prospect for teams much […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Final – AS Monaco v PSG

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It’s tough to tell if 1st April is an appropriate or inappropriate date for the final of France’s junior cup competition, as football is of course a serious business. There are a lot of tempting options for practical jokes, however – the mascot who turns out to be Nicolas Sarkozy, the goal-line technology team deciding to have a bit of […]

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Europa League Preview : Roma v Lyon

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The first leg of this clash ended 4-2 to Lyon, but there were some nervy moments as Roma went in at half-time 2-1 up, and let’s face it, nobody in France right now is looking at first-leg scorelines and going “ooh, comfortable“. Things started well at the Parc OL as break-out centre back Mouctar Diakhaby opened the scoring inside ten minutes […]

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