Last round it seemed that Montpellier were able to take at least a point from Caen as they started the game in force and had a couple of attempts quite early. But Montpellier were unable to keep up the fast paced rythm and gradually collapsed until the game was played entirely in their half (lost 2-1).
Montpellier’s best player so far is Dabo who was converted from fullback to attacking midfielder. Dabo is very active but unfortunately doesn’t receive much support and is forced to take actions on his own. Dabo can be relied upon to dribble one or two opponents but everyone has limits and sooner or later possession is lost.
Play-maker Boudebouz continues to disappoint and not only he failed to score or deliver an assist so far but even his corners end up miles away from the target.
Pretty soon coach Jardim will have to pay for all the wrong decisions he took lately. First of all the chemistry is at the lowest levels possible but that’s not entirely Jardm’s fault, as the transfer policies may be decided by someone else at the club.
But Jardim was the once who decided that Monaco will start last round without a real defensive midfielder. On paper Moutinho and Fabinho should’ve helped fellow defenders but we all know Moutinho is more of a play-maker and has an offensive profile while Fabinho was only recently converted from fullback.
If that wasn’t enough coach Jardim decided to start in the attacking midfield with the trio Lemar (19 years old) – Lopes (19 years old) – El Shaarawy (22 years old). While there is no doubt these players are talented, they have never played together before arriving at Monaco and are too young and self centered.
It seems that midfielder Moutinho suffered an injury and will miss this game.
It is really a shame to see all the talent in Monaco’s squad go to waste because of poor coaching decisions. Monaco could trash Montpellier (and many other Ligue1 sides) but not if they start in the same formula. Against all odds this may prove to be a difficult season for Monaco.
UPDATE: Monaco welcome back forward Dirar
Montpellier: Pionnier, Ligali – Ndiaye, Congré, Hilton, Bensebaini, Roussillon, Deplagne – Marveaux, Rémy, Skhiri, Dabo, Lasne, Martin, Boudebouz – Yatabaré, Camara, Bérigaud.
Monaco: Subasic, Nardi, S.Sy – R.Carvalho, Coentrao, Echiejile, Fabinho, Raggi, Alm.Touré, Wallace – Boschilia, T.Bakayoko, Lemar, Pasalic, Ber.Silva, Ad.Traoré, R.Lopes, Dirar – Cavaleiro, Carrillo, El Shaarawy