After a frustrating draw in the Principality (1-1), ASM must get a positive result in the Netherlands to enter the Champions League play-off. Ben Yedder and Volland are expected to turn.
It’s already hot for Monaco. Early on from a goal from Veerman, the Monegasques earned a draw against PSV Eindhoven thanks to a late goal from Disasi to grab a draw at the Stade Lluís II a week ago. With this result (1-1), the princely club goes into an unfavorable resignation before the return match in the Netherlands, this Tuesday (8.30 p.m.). Hoping to join the European elite, Philippe Clement’s men are therefore bound to secure a win, even on penalties, on Dutch soil.
A possibility raised by Philippe Clement, who recalls the penalty shoot-out against Nantes in the semi-finals of the French Cup last season: “I saw players who had taken all the penalties in training not succeed on D-Day. I talked a lot with the players about that experience. There are small details to fix, to make it work this time“. But if AS Monaco shows physical virtues at the start of the season thanks to an early preparation, the Monegasque attack purrs a little. With the sequence of matches in the month of August, the Belgian tactician has decided to rotate his XI, and more specifically their line of attack.
The expected Ben Yedder-Volland duo at the turn
The France international and his German strike partner will be closely watched at the Philips Stadium on Tuesday. The two men must allow ASM to access the Champions League play-offs. During PSV’s reception on the Rock, Wissam Ben Yedder and Kevin Volland suffered a lot against the Dutch defense without making any real difference. It is no coincidence that Monaco managed to equalize at the end of the game, thanks to the contribution of their players. If Ben Yedder managed to score a goal against Portimonense and one against Inter Milan in a friendly, it is not the case of Kevin Volland, who has not found the goal. During the victory of the white-and-reds against Strasbourg (2-1) for the resumption of Ligue 1 on Saturday, neither of them entered the game. In August, Philippe Clement decided to establish Diop and Embolo in charge. The former has also taken a break after the opening of Diatta. A positive result and two goals scored without the two attacking leaders.
Clement has several strings to his bow
Minamino’s case also raises questions. Recruited from Liverpool, the Japanese is struggling to find his feet in his new formation and missed the game against the Dutch. But Philippe Clement has several offensive solutions to face the second leg with optimism, as he said in a press conference: “There are many options ahead, that’s for sure. It’s hard for me to pick a starting eleven, but I like having problems like this“. Against Strasbourg, Sofiane Diop and Krépin Diatta showed great things. The two players also allowed the Monegasques to get their first three points by scoring a goal each.
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Against Strasbourg, ASM also set a personal record by scoring 24 goals. A first for the club during a trip to Ligue 1 since Opta collected this data (2006-2007). New recruit Breel Embolo, who arrived from Borussia Mönchengladbach, entered the match against PSV, and started against RCA. The Swiss international still needs time to adapt to his new partners but to show interesting things in sequence.
Monaco must reap the rewards of their preparation
If the Monegasque attack is still on the roll, the Asemistas can rely on millimeter preparation to win the physical challenge against their opponents. In a pre-match press conference, Philippe Clement also acknowledged this physical superiority: “I’m sure we’re physically better. But we have to prove it on the field. We want to show that we were the best team in both games“.
With his rotation in the last two games of his team, the Belgian coach shows that he has a whole group and not one type of eleven as he had indicated to Figaro at the beginning of the month: “these friendly matches have mainly served us to prepare all the players, not only for this match but for the following months. I wanted to give the rookies some game time, try out different systems and animations that can be used against PSV“. The possibilities are therefore numerous for the former Club Brugge KV coach, who will have to make the right decisions on Tuesday for his team to qualify for the Champions League play-offs in which Monaco will face the winner of the double clash between Union St. Gallen and Glasgow Rangers.