After playing ‘one of their best’ season, AS MONACO start this season hoping for glory and success in this season also. The 2016-17 season was a dream run season for Monaco, winning the Ligue1 title, reaching the semi-finals of Champions league and Coupe de France and displaying brilliant form throughout the season.
AS MONACO clinched their 8th League title and their 1st since 2000, dethroning the Parisian side, PSG, as title holders, ending the club’s four-year stay at the top of the table. 5 seasons back, Monaco was in the Ligue 2 and 4 seasons later they became the champions. Monaco’s manager, LEONARDO JARDIM, described that as an ‘extra ordinary season’. Falcao scored 21 and assisted 7, Mbappe scored 15 and assisted 8, Lemar scored 9 and assisted 10, Fabinho scored 9 and assisted 3 and Silva scored 8 goals and assisted 3 goals last season in the league. In Champions league, they reached the semi-finals beating Manchester City i the round of 16 and Dortmund in Quarterfinals and were defeated by Juventus in the semis.
The new season for Monaco started with speculations surrounding Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid or Arsenal for a fee of around £118m. Manchester city signed Bernardo Silva on a 5 year contract for a fee of around £45m. Benjamin Mendy followed Silva to city and signed a 5 year contract for the Manchester side for a fee reported to be around £52m. Thomas Lemar’s transfer to Arsenal was close but they failed to pay the asking price. Tiemoue Bakayoko signed for England’s champions Chelsea, a 5 year deal for a fee of around £40m, making him Chelsea’s second most expensive signing of the summer, Morata being the most expensive signing for them for this season. On the deadline day, Mbappe joined PSG on loan with an option to buy. The fee required to complete the full transfer is around £180m.
Bernardo Silva, was one of their main man in midfield and helped the team with goals and assists. He finished the season with 8 goals and 9 assists in Ligue1 and 11 goals and 12 assists across all competitions.
Benjamin Mendy, who played for Monaco for only 1 season, established himself as one of the most exciting full back in European football. An excellent crosser of the ball, excellent pace and physical strength, Mendy is the typical modern day full-back. He provided all the width on the left and formed an excellent partnership with Lemar. He reached 5 assists and fired in 170 crosses in Ligue1 last season.
Tiemoue Bakayoko, was the ball winner in chief for the French side last season. He was the the primary screen in front of the back four. He won a total of 57 tackles and made 56 interceptions, more than any other Monaco midfielder. Bakayoko won 25 tackles in the Champions League, only Casemiro(33) had more.
Mbappe became the young sensation after displaying a brilliant performance throughout the season. He was named the next ‘Thierry Henry’ by some. He was directly involved in 37 goals, more than any other Monaco players across all competitions. His shot accuracy(76.1%) was the highest of any player in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Radamel Falcao, the club captain, lead the team to the their first title since 2000. After a disappointing loan spell with Chelsea and United, Falcao returned to Monaco last season. From the start of the season, he remained in form and scored 21 goals in Ligue1 and a total of 30 goals across all competitions.
Monaco not only sold players but also brought a few quality players. They signed Terence Kongolias a replacement for Mendy. The 23 year old joined Monaco from Feyenoord on a 5 year deal for £13m. His style of play matches a lot with Monaco’s game play. He could be a well suited replacement for Mendy.
Another the name who joined AS Monaco this season is Youri Tielemans. The Belgian wonder kid was in super form last season scoring 18 goals and assisting 12, leading Anderlecht to win the Belgian league title. He also won the player of the season award in Belgium. Tielemans joined champions Monaco on a 5 year deal for a fee of around £25m from Anderlecht. He could be the perfect fit to replace Bakayoko. He wpon more tackles(22) than any other anderlecht player in the Europa league.
Stevan jovetic recently joined Monaco, being their latest and the last signing of the summer. The ex-inter Milan player played for Sevilla last season on loan scored 6 goals for them. Stevan Jovetic joined Monaco on a 5 year deal for a fee of around £11m.
Monaco also signed Soualiho Meïté for £7. 2m and Adama Diakhaby for £9 million.
Monaco will be hoping to continue their last year’s form and will try to retain the title. But with the recent departures and PSG signing Neymar and Mbappe also joinig the paris side, the chances of Monaco winning the league this season are less.
It will be interesting to see where Monaco finishes at the end of the season.