AS Monaco wants to take back its property. After the success of OGC Nice on Friday against Clermont Foot 63 (0-1), at the opening of the 10th day of Ligue 1, the team from the Principality has temporarily fallen back to second place in the ranking. But this Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.), against Losc, she intends to win to regain her place as leader. And to do this, she intends to rely, as since the start of the season, on her fire attack.
Nine matches. Twenty-three goals. The statistics speak for themselves. Under the orders of Adi Hütter - who arrived in the off-season to succeed Philippe Clement - the Monegasques have made a string of achievements. They quite simply have the best attack in the championship, even ahead of Paris-SG of Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and Randal Kolo Muani. Better still, they are one of the most prolific European teams, ahead of some of the biggest teams in the Old Continent, such as Manchester City, Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC, or even Real Madrid and FC Barcelona which - as far as they are concerned - have yet played one more match.
But this is not very surprising given the playing principles advocated by the Austrian coach and the offensive armada he has at his disposal with Wissam Ben Yedder, Folarin Balogun, Takumi Minamino, Aleksandr Golovin and even Maghnes Akliouche and Eliesse Ben Seghir , to recite nobody else but them. “We always want to play very attacking football, and I hope that this will be true throughout the exercise. We have very good attackers and four very good ball players who can play in the number ten position. I think it's difficult for our adversaries to analyze us, because danger comes from everywhere. But it’s a daily job that we will have to maintain,” explained the 53-year-old technician at a pre-match press conference.
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Above all, ASM has a particularly formidable attacking duo of Wissam Ben Yedder-Folarin Balogun since the start of the season. The Frenchman has already scored five goals in nine matches, while the American has already found the net three times and, as a bonus, offered an assist, all in just six appearances. “They are two very good players who complement each other, and obviously they can play together. They have a good connection, Wissam always knows what to do with the ball and he often looks for his partner, while Balo knows how to use his speed well in depth. What is important is that both can score and be decisive for the team,” explained Adi Hütter.
This Sunday afternoon, against Losc, who are coming off a victory against Slovan Bratislava in the Europa Conference League (2-1), the Rocher team should once again count on its two scorers to deceive the vigilance of Lucas Chevalier, and thus regain his leadership chair. But be careful, the task will not be easy. The Mastiffs, fourth in the standings, are off to a good start to the season. “I watched their match (against Bratislava, Editor’s note), they have a lot of qualities. In any case, I can’t wait to see what this meeting can bring, they have a good style of play and the desire like us to often move forward,” declared Adi Hütter. Before adding: “Lille is a good challenge for us.” A challenge from which we will have to emerge victorious to get back in front of the Nice rival.