Match Preview: Bordeaux VS. AS Monaco (Ligue 1)

Updated: July 25, 2013
Radamel Falcao

The Verdict:  Ligue 1’s New Giant, AS Monaco Intimidates Bordeaux
Date: 11 August 2013, Stade Jacques Chaban-Delmas


AS Monaco’s anticipated return to Ligue 1 sends tremor on the pitch. Its new recruits and the club’s willingness to spend fortunes, prove that they are a powerful force to be reckoned with. Girondins de Bordeaux knows this. And since they will be the very first to have a taste of Les Rouge et Blanc’s powerhouse, the club cannot afford to be complacent about this matter.



Ligue 1 and probably, the whole France was shocked when the news broke out. Porto’s renowned midfielders James Rodriguez and João Moutinho shall be joining the squad for the next five (5) years. But the acquisition of the two players did not stop Caludio Ranieri from scouting great talents. Several weeks after the expensive deal, the club sought the contributions of the Columbian striker, Radamel Falcao and former Barcelona defender, Eric Abidal.



The resumes of the above-mentioned players are far from being ordinary. Stellar, top caliber, world class and experienced, Monaco is close to being “invincible” that it can easily topple top teams such as Bordeaux.



Moutinho is one of Porto’s largest figures. He helped the team secure the treble and survive the round of 16 in last season’s UEFA’s Champions League.



On the other hand, Rodriguez spectacular speed, dribbling skills, control and creativity earned him the title “El Nueve Pibe (he is said to be the heir of former Columbian football star, Carlos Valderrama).



Meanwhile, Falcao is dubbed as the “deadliest striker” in the world. And why not? He is the very first player that scored a hat trick in the UEFA Super Cup last year. Falcao’s scoring rampage readily compliments Abidal’s defensive skills.



After cutting ties with Barcelona, the renowned defender is off to strengthen Monaco’s defensive wall and protect its lead. Now that he is wearing the captain’s armband, expect Abidal to be more aggressive and fierce than ever.



Facing Bordeaux, despite of being one of Ligue 1’s top teams, is no longer a problem for Monaco. Yet, for Jean-Louis Triaud, the match will keep him on his toes.




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