Outsiders before the kick-off against Paris Saint-Germain, Niko Kovac's men nonetheless sought a prestigious success against the reigning French champion (2-0). A result synonymous with the tenth meeting without defeat in as many games in 2021 for Wissam Ben Yedder and his family - 12 since Dijon, in all competitions -. A great accounting operation also for AS Monaco, which temporarily pushes back 5th place to twelve points in the Ligue 1 standings.
A dream start
A remarkable performance therefore, rewarded by the presence of three Monegasques in the Standard Team for the 26th day . And for good reason, the Red and Whites had traveled to the capital with the aim of foiling the protected Mauricio Pochettino, as Niko Kovac recalled in a pre-match press conference . Aware of the qualities of his training, the Croatian tactician was right.
The Monegasques quickly deceived the forecasts by quickly taking the lead on the scoreboard thanks to an achievement by Sofiane Diop following a collective action well conducted (1-0, 6th). Then it was Guillermo Maripán , again, who offered himself the goal of the break at the start of the second half, with a superb curling right foot, worthy of a center forward.
El Goleador in repeat offender mode
A strike that left no chance for Keylor Navas, beaten for the second time of the evening (2-0, 53rd). Scorer for the fifth time since the start of the calendar year by the way, more than any other defender in the five major European leagues, the Chilean international logically takes place in The Typical Team of the 26th day. With an achievement on his record and above all a defensive performance of great quality, "El Goleador" confirms its current state of form.
He literally sickened the Parisian attack, and in particular Kylian Mbappé on this angry tackle shortly after the hour mark. But he is not the only Red and White to appear in this eleven of the weekend in Ligue 1, since Ruben Aguilar also obtained a score of 8/10 in the famous sports daily . The native of Grenoble, faithful to himself, has not counted the efforts made on the con right side to muzzle him also the international tricolor, who has not managed to get rid of the marking of the number 26 Monegasque.
A tactical masterpiece
Niko Kovac thus knew the Parisian forces, and had therefore made a tactical choice different from his habits, to annihilate the offensive force of PSG. With three professional central defenders at kickoff and a hybrid defense of four with the ball and five on recovery. The Monegasque lock has never been broken, with the added bonus of a precious clean sheet brought from the Parc des Princes.
The Monegasque compact block was impassable from the first to the last minute, with only one shot on target conceded, in added time. Replacing his men rigorously over the minutes, the coach Rouge et Blanc deserved the praise for him at the end of the meeting. He obtains the prestigious score of 9/10 and settles himself on the bench of L'Équipe type of the 26th day of Ligue 1 .
A match and a team victory
All this could have been enough, but no. In the end, it is the team's collective performance that was also valued, with an average score of 6.7 / 10. This is the fourth time this season that AS Monaco have established the best overall performance on a Ligue 1 matchday this season. The Monegasque performance also stopped an old statistic.
Indeed, AS Monaco became the first team to win its two matches against Paris Saint-Germain in the same Ligue 1 season since Nancy in 2011-2012. Comfortable away from home, the Monegasque team is therefore six wins away in its last six trips to Ligue 1 , with the record of eight successes in sight. Hats off to our Red and White, who deserved to be three in number in this eleven type of the weekend! And to benefit from two days of rest ...
Source : AS MONACO