As the dust settles from Sunday night’s home defeat against Olympique Marseille, a certain amount of concern is settling in for Monaco’s soccer fans. The late goal from former Monaco player Valère Germain meant that the Monegasques have won only a single game out of four games in the new season of French Ligue 1.
While Germain’s 89th minute header sealed Monaco’s fate, this was all the more bitter because the Monegasques had been ahead almost unexpectedly, two to one, in the 54th minute after a goal from Falcao.
Rudi Garcia, OM’s coach, was eager to play up the scale of his team’s victory: “It’s a great win against a team that plays in the Champions League and wants to finish on the podium.”
Yuri Tielemans, mid-fielder at AS Monaco, underlined how much needs to be done:
“Four points in four games, it’s not enough, we have to get back to work, we have a young group, a lot of new players, when we play as a team, it’s easier. It’s going to be difficult, but we have to do better. get there.”
Certainly the home loss will do nothing to raise Monaco’s morale as the Champions League starts in earnest on September 18. Monaco captain Radamel Falcao had approached Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Marseille as a practice run for Champions League qualification.
With seven points from four games, Marseille have pushed Monaco out of second place and trail leaders Paris Saint Germain, who beat Nimes 4-2 on Saturday, by five points.