Ligue 1 Team Review: AS Monaco

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Updated: July 24, 2014
Fernando Torres- AS Monaco target

Recap

After a long wait, AS Monaco’s return to France’s top-flight league was characterized by grandeur and most importantly, lavish spending. Unlike newly promoted squads, Monaco has no inhibitions in securing the signatures of top-caliber players.

 

Topping the list of ambitious transfers made were Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, Eric Abidal and James Rodriguez. It was a bold investment aimed at building a strong foundation for the club and challenge the reigning champion, Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

 

Although the season ended without clinching a single silverware, Claudio Ranieri has nonetheless ensured that the lads will be playing in a bigger stage—the Champions League tournament.

 

Match to remember

Early into the season, AS Monaco made sure that they are not mere pushovers. A 4-1 thrashing against Montpellier transformed them into immediate sports betting favorite. Their presence made more impact when they consistently forced their biggest rival, PSG to settle for a draw during their last two (2) meetings.

 

Match to forget

AS Monaco’s even steven finish against the minnow, Guingamp towards the last leg of the season was a bit unexpected considering the gap in terms of team form and depth.

 

The scene-stealers

Falcao lived up to expectations if not for the injury that left him sidelined for the rest of the season.

 

Yet, there was Emmanuel Rivière, who was the squad’s top scorer. Rivière netted ten (10) goals in his nineteen (19) appearances.

 

Lastly, it will be unjust if Dimitar Berbatov and the 2014 World Cup Golden Boot awardee, James Rodriguez will be taken out of the picture.

 

Despite his late arrival, Berbatov scored six (6) goals, whilst Rodriguez netted nine (9). Rodriguez also has the most assists with twelve (12), thus, making him a stand-out playmaker in the pitch.

 

Latest Additions

Except for Falcao, many of AS Monaco’s big signings are off to leave the club soon. But the hefty profit  they gained from those players, most especially from Rodriguez leaves the club with enough resources to go on another shopping spree this season.

 

According to reports, the squad is willing to pay the price of securing the signature of Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres. The team is also strongly linked with the Dutch star, Wesley Sneijder.

 

 

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