Monaco fell 0-5 against SSC Napoli on Sunday, and although the game was a friendly pre-season fixture, the result did nothing for the confidence of the red and whites. The Principality side may have been not the strongest that coach Leonardo Jardim could have fielded, but the result was a direct blow to morale just days before the first match in France’s Ligue 1, on Friday, against Guingamp.
AS Monaco have also been hit by the loss of striker Radamel Falcao for the next four weeks after he suffered a thigh injury against Turkish side Fenerbahce in the home leg of the Champions Ligue qualifier last week.
In other club news, AS Monaco’s problems with the French football authorities have not gone away, as Bordeaux’s president Jean-Louis Triaud has again attacked the club for its “fiscal advantages”.
In a previous outburst of criticism three years ago, Triaud said that playing against Monaco was like running the 100 metres with a time delay of 10 metres.
He has said nothing about the financial power of Paris Saint Germain, funded by Qatari money, saying that insofar as clubs respect the same rules there is no problem. But, because of the fact that Monaco is an attractive destination for top players thanks to the absence of income tax in the Principality, he considers this “unfair competition”.
Time will tell if other clubs will join Bordeaux’s latest round of hostilities.