Monaco sweep Saint-Étienne and put pressure on Lyon and PSG

The Monegasques played a perfect match against a very weak opponent and moved within one point of Lyon and PSG with a match between the two on Sunday.


AS Monaco have won 10 victories in their last 12 games. The statistics are devastating and that is why Niko Kovac's team is four points behind the lead in Ligue 1 and just one point behind Lyon and PSG with one more game. This Friday he swept 0-4 to a weak Saint-Étienne in a collective exhibition that confirms the good feelings of the team in 2021.

A run-down Ligue 1 classic brought as its main incentive the possible victory of Monaco to tighten Ligue 1. If the Monegasques won, they were one point behind Lyon and PSG before the clash between the two teams on Sunday. Kovac, who is not used to being a coach accustomed to surprises in his line-ups, introduced Jovetic for Ben Yedder and sat Ruben Aguilar to play with Sidibé and gave entry to Golovin on the right side.

The first half of Monaco confirmed the trend of Kovac's last matches and last month. He was far superior to his rival, he handcuffed him little by little until he left him breathless and gave him practically no respite for 45 minutes. Jovetic, who started this Friday unexpectedly, responded with 15 minutes of a great level. The Montenegrin warned in the 8th minute with a whip from the front to the crossbar and, a minute later, forced the penalty that the striker would precisely throw, although sending it to the wood.

Jovetic's failure from 11 meters did not decimate the former Sevilla player, who redeemed himself on the next play with a house-brand move. He faked two defenders and beat Bajic with a low power shot but very close to the long post. After the 0-1, Monaco began to defend with the ball, and not even the change of Saint-Étienne's system, going to play with a defense of 4, intimidated those of Kovac.

With 0-1 against, Puel tried to change the game by removing Trauco and putting in Charles Abi. The change left Saint-Étienne unprotected, which left many spaces in defense and that Monaco did not waste them. Tchouameni, a 21-year-old midfielder who has already been linked to Real Madrid, made it 0-2 arriving in the second row. Minutes later, Sofiane Diop, who is only 20 and who is being one of the revelations of Ligue 1, scored the goal of the night with a beautifully made vaseline after taking advantage of a bad exit of the ball from Saint-Étienne. As if that were not enough, Diatta closed the win taking advantage of a brilliant assist from Cesc.

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