Maripan congratulated Tchouaméni after the victory at the Parc des Princes. – FRANCK FIFE / AFP

  • Monaco is the best French team in 2021 ahead of Lille, Paris and Lyon.
  • Niko Kovac managed to make ASM a very difficult collective block to move, like Sunday evening at the Park.
  • The Croatian coach believes, however, that his team cannot aim better than fourth place.

At the Parc des Princes,

A mea culpa to begin with. Yes, we are one of those people who took Niko Kovac for a ride after Bayern’s octuplet last season: how the guy went about making us believe that this team was no longer worth a nail in October, when Flick turned it into a human bomb for Christmas? Now is the time to take it all out. The Viggo Mortensen lookalike is a “top top top” trainer, as the late Thomas Tuchel would say.

The perfect plan on Mbappé

An illustration like any other Sunday night. We ask him why he favored Disasi over Sidibé to occupy the right side of his defense in Paris. Masterclass of Kovac which explains the plan of the evening in detail: “Muzzle Mbappé, muzzle Mbappé, muzzle Mbappé”

“It was very simple. Alex is a great player, even if he played less because Guillermo [Maripan] put on a series of tremendous performances, but we know that Mbappé is a world-class player, and Axel showed real abilities to counter Mbappé’s speed, more than Djibril [Sidibé] He really delivered a big performance. He played a great match with Aguilar and Diop in support to “cancel” Mbappé, because we had decided to double or even triple the aid on him ”.

Perfectly crafted blackboard. Mbappé tried everything, but when he didn’t have Disasi on the coat, it was Aguilar, positioned a little higher, who came to close the corridor, when Diop and Fofana were waiting for him inside. Result ? For the first time when he started with PSG, the world champion, who had always played against his training club, did not hit once on goal.

Beyond the Kylian case, we feel a team that presses like one man, that always slides in the right tempo, and the experience invites us to think that the coach has something to do with it. As there is for something in the incredible progress of the duo Tchouaméni-Fofana, which ate the opposing doublet raw at the Park. Laconic comment from Kovac: “I had watched PSG in Barcelona, ​​of course. But tonight, we defended perfectly. It was complicated for PSG to cross our two compact lines ”.

25 points out of 27 in 2021

So here is the ASM sitting on a formidable series of 25 points out of 27 in 2021, better than Lille, better than Lyon, and of course, better than Paris, who has already lost twice since January. However, the Monegasques give us the shot of the little thumb who is happy to recover the remains:

“I am very satisfied with the way we are progressing. But we are not at the same level as Paris, Lille and Lyon. The objective is to widen the gap on our pursuers. If at the end of the Championship, there are still a few games to play, and we are qualified for European places, we will try our luck but it is too early to plan on that. “

Is this man serious? We ask for confirmation from Loïc Badiashile, imperial all evening despite the Icardi threat. “Talking about the title, today is not the right way. The three in front have more experience than us. We have a very, very young team, we have lost points quite stupidly since the start of the season ”. It starts to go back a long way, however, just like this month of December of hell to lose against all the big customers who pass (Lyon, Lille, Marseille). What else ? Monaco became the first team to take six points at PSG QSI version in the same season depuis le Nancy by Pablo Correa in 2011-2012. And the first who calls the Urugayan a brèle will have to answer to the court.

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