AS Monaco – Amiens: Monaco Secure Their Ligue 1 Spot, But It Wasn’t Pretty (2-0)
An intense relegation dogfight between two teams in a 4-4-2 formation ultimately went Monaco’s way. This stretched, back-and-forth encounter made for some intriguing end-to-end attacks. It was very clear that these two teams have shortcomings in their game, and sit at the bottom of the league table for a reason.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
This clash in the penultimate match day was pivotal in deciding whether or not the four-team fight for survival at the bottom of Ligue 1 could potentially be reduced to three. The presumed favorites for this, Monaco, were level-pegging with SM Caen, who sat in the seventeenth place - which sends you to the playoffs - but ahead on goal difference.
Leonardo Jardim’s side had not won a match since mid-March, when they beat Lille, of all teams. With a trip to OGC Nice awaiting them, it was paramount that they achieved victory, here. In the manager’s attempts to do so, he shifted a number of players around, following last week’s 1-0 defeat to Nîmes Olympique.
Carlos Vinícius and Benjamin Henrichs returned to the starting eleven, as Aleksandr Golovin drop into deeper midfield as part of the change to a flat 4-4-2 setup. Elsewhere, Djibril Sidibé replaced Rony Lopes in attack and Jemerson took Naldo’s spot in defense.
With eight draws and two wins in their last eleven games, Amiens have trudged through the last few months. They are still finding themselves near the bottom despite consistently gaining points, proving draws are useless in a three-point . . .