Monaco out to restore French football’s pride against Manchester City


The humbling of France’s leading club, PSG, and its leading manager, Arsène Wenger, last week have led to much criticism of French football but Monaco have recovered from first-leg deficits before

First Monaco conceded four goals in 24 minutes at Manchester City to fall from a position of dominance to a heavy defeat; then Bayern Munich put Arsenal over their knee and gave Arsène Wenger’s seemingly incorrigible offspring a merciless spanking; then Paris Saint-Germain managed to lower the tone even further by suffering a historic debagging in Barcelona. All in all it has been an embarrassing few weeks for French football.

Even if the Monaco manager, Leonardo Jardim, has advised his young team to act instead like one of the Three Wise Monkeys and cover their ears so that they hear no evil in the run-up to the second leg against City on Wednesday night, those players cannot help but be aware that lots of people are laughing at French football right now. So perhaps Jardim would be best advised to order his players to drink in the derision and use it as fuel to mount a heroic comeback for their own sakes and restore some honour to French football. Heck, any Ligue 1 suits still peeved at not being able to shake down Monaco’s billionaire owner, Dimitry Rybolovlev, might consider a reputation- and Uefa coefficient‑enhancing victory against City as payment in kind for absent tax contributions.

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Source: Football News
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