AS Monaco – Paris Saint-Germain: League leaders drop points again as Kylian Mbappé tensions arise (0-0)

Kylian Mbappé’s Ligue 1 farewell tour bid adieu to a stadium that had launched his career as Paris Saint-Germain visited AS Monaco. Their first meeting in the league had been a goal fest and there were high hopes that this match would follow in its predecessor’s footsteps. 
Tactical analysis and match report by Nick Hartland.

AS Monaco looked to be the best-positioned team to challenge Paris Saint-Germain’s hegemony this season. In the early weeks, they were riding high in the table buoyed by a goals tally that far exceeded their expected goals. A regression to the mean was not inevitable but highly likely, and Monaco have evened out to become an exciting side, but far removed from the all-conquering visage that they had once suggested to be. 

Paris Saint-Germain have wracked up a commanding lead in the league as they entered this weekend with an eleven-point gap between them and Stade Brestois in second. It’s been a strange season where they have looked at times the image of what Luis Enrique has hoped to shape them to be, and at other times like an immensely talented side coasting off the individual brilliance afforded to them by their sheer wealth. 

Adi Hütter lined his Monaco side up in a 4-4-2 shape. Radoslaw Majecki replaced Philipp Köhn between the posts last weekend and kept his place for his second start of the season. In defence,  Kassoum Ouattara, Thilo Kehrer, Guillermo Maripán, and Wilfried Singo. In midfield, Takumi Minamino and . . .

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Nick Hartland is a freelance writer focusing on French football. You can find him @NickHartland_ on Twitter. [ View all posts ]


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