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Author of a cannonball end to the season but ended with an opposing goal at the last second depriving it of direct qualification for the Champions League, AS Monaco has offered itself the right to experience a new summer marathon , who started in Ligue 1 with a visit to the Stade de la Meinau…

Accustomed to exaggeratedly livening up the transfer market during the years of earthy Vadim Vasilyev, AS Monaco has largely calmed down under the impetus of Oleg Petrov, who took a step back this summer, and the contrasting sporting director Paul Mitchell. The summer of 2022 is no exception to the rule.

Hired to modernize the club in parallel with the delivery of the new ultra-modern performance center at La Turbie, the Englishman imported a method based on statistical data in order to set up an “offensive and aggressive” game based on high intensity. and a large volume of races, inspired by his experience at Southampton, Tottenham and more particularly in the Red Bull galaxy. He thus filled the organization chart of the club with men of confidence, in particular his compatriot James Bunce, responsible for performance, and pushed towards the exit of others like the director of the training center Bertrand Reuzeau.

If this work seems to bear fruit with two third places in as many seasons, the Monegasque leader remains at the center of criticism from supporters for his personality, a working method sometimes out of step with the historical image of ASM and especially his management. recruitment, between the choice of players who question and a confusing timing with arrivals estimated too often late. Twice, the team experienced a complicated first part of the season before having to finish like a steamroller to achieve the objectives set. Last winter, it officially cost the place of the popular Niko Kovac, although the reasons differ according to the sources: bad relationship with the management including the famous James Bunce and/or relations that have become complicated with his troops, failed preparation… Recently, the successor of the Croatian, Philippe Clement had again pointed to a disunited locker room on his arrival.

For this third season which must, like the previous one, start with a race for the C1 with the preliminary round against PSV Eindhoven then possible play-offs, ASM has continued to reduce its payroll with the end of Djibril Sidibé’s contract. , Vito Mannone and Cesc Fabregas, who went to Como in Italy; and returned to big sales by selling Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid for €80m + 20 in bonuses. The unwanted Strahinja Pavlovic (€7m, RB Salzburg) and Benjamin Lecomte, on loan to Espanyol Barcelona, ​​followed, not to mention the permanent transfers of Jean-Eudes Aholou. at Racing and Pietro Pellegri at Torino for €3 and €5 million respectively.

On the arrivals side, Mitchell and his teams managed to quickly add depth and experience to the offensive sector, by recovering Takumi Minamino on the Liverpool bench for 15M€, and Breel Embolo, ex-future Swiss football great , recruited from Borussia Mönchengladbach for €12m. The former Messin Thomas Didillon also came to occupy the position of goalkeeper n ° 2 in an exchange of loans with the subsidiary, Cercle Bruges, where the Pole Radoslaw Majecki was sent. On the other hand, the file which crystallizes the tensions is that of the replacement for Tchouameni, impatiently awaited by the supporters and by the coach Philippe Clement but still not arrived to date… If the club seems to want a very precise profile on the sporting and economic so as not to break a balance dear to Mitchell, the lost time raises questions because it will force the Belgian technician to tackle a decisive marathon for the future of the club with on hand, the irregular Youssouf Fofanathe inefficient Jean Lucas and the young Matazo, Lemaréchal and Magassa, players not ready for these deadlines by Clement’s own admission in the press.

On the field side, the staff wanted to resume training very early, from June 18, with a very busy program and multiply friendly matches. In six weeks, there have been successive meetings against Cercle Bruges (1-0 victory, Musaba), Saint-Gall (1-1, J.Lucas), Austria Vienna (2-2, Maripan and Martins), Portimonense (2-0 victory, Ben Yedder and Fofana), Inter Milan (2-2, Golovin and Ben Yedder), FC Porto B (2-0 victory, Embolo x 2), FC Porto (2-1 defeat , Ben Yedder) and Southampton (3-1 loss, Golovin). These last two meetings have raised concerns among supporters with each time a team in distress in the second half. Consequence of the heavy preparation? The next few weeks will serve as an answer even if nevertheless, the Minamino-Golovin-Ben Yedder trio has shown good promise on their agreement.

The professional staff

Guardians: Nübel, Didillon, Liénard
Defenders: Vanderson, Aguilar, Badiashile, Disasi, Maripan, Matsima, Marcelin, Okou, C.Henrique, Jakobs, Barreca
Environments : Fofana, J. Lucas, Matazo, Lemaréchal, Magassa, Pelé – Golovin, Minamino, Diop, Diatta, Akliouche
Forwards: Ben Yedder, Volland, Embolo, G. Martins, Boadu, Musaba, Geubbels

The probable team

Philippe Clement has already warned that the XI and the tactical scheme will be more fluid than they were in his first months at the club due to the busy schedule until the World Cup. In view of the profiles, we can nevertheless imagine which will be the first names lying on the score sheet.

The possible team at La Meinau

Engaged in a marathon with 7 games by August 31, possibly 9, Philippe Clement should be forced to rotate from this first league game. He will also be forced to do without two executives, Aleksandr Golovin and Kevin Volland, suspended, while Caio Henrique was affected by the Covid at the start of the week. Recently back from injury, Benoît Badiashile and Sofiane Diop are applying for a place in the starting lineup, like rookie Embolo. in attack.




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