Monaco: the match notes

Man of the match: Caio Henrique (7): if the Monegasque game leans heavily on his side, Caio Henrique is not for nothing. Very leggy, he alternates back and forth to his left wing and attempts five crosses, three of which find partners. His deal with Golovine could be fatal for the Eagles. At the end of the match, his good performance was rewarded as he deposited a beautiful ball for Embolo’s opener

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  • Schmeichel (5): despite the low position of the Nice block in the first period, the former Leicester goalkeeper had very little work to do. Concerned about Golovin’s only attempt at the end of the first action (41st), he conceded the opening of the first chance on target from the Rock players (69th) and fell to a collapsed attempt from Caio Henrique (88th). .

  • Todibo (6): back after losing the game against Marseille last week (0-3), Jean-Clair Todibo was very strong in the duels he had to negotiate. Imperial in his return, the former Barcelonan also used his physical abilities to make several interceptions, facilitated by a very high-quality reading of the game.

  • Dante (5.5): the Brazilian veteran used all his experience to completely shut the door on the opposing attackers. He also weighed in on the offensive, with his heading game, forcing Nübel to make a good save (45th). In defence, he made many life-saving clearances and decisive interventions, once again justifying his role as the boss of Nice’s defence.

  • Viti (4.5): Arrived from Empoli this summer, the young Italian central defender gave a correct performance for his third appearance in Ligue 1. The author of the lack of communication with his goalkeeper to open Breel Embolo (th -69), however he won 100% of his duels (4/4) and touched many balls, due to the vain attempt to build from the back.

  • Atal (not rated): a good invasion of the Algerian international launched the meeting in Nice. Well offset by Gaëtan Laborde, Fennec was dangerous with a strike from the right of the area (12th). Unfortunately for him, the right side saw his meeting cut short, he suffering a new muscle injury. Replaced by Jordan Lotomba (34th) who made a rather clever entry (3).

  • Ramsey (4): author of a first period where we see him deeply involved in the heart of the game (48 balls touched, 87% of successful passes) and successful in many of his duels (6 duels won out of 9), the Welsh was finally the victim of the tactical reorganization of Lucien Favre, his coach, who finally released him shortly after returning from the locker room. Replaced by Alexis Beka Beka (55th) that the ball is touched too little and cannot weigh enough to bring offense (3).

  • Thuram (3.5): Positioned very low on the pitch due to Monegasque’s dominance at the start of the game, the midfielder is responsible for organizing his team’s play. A mission that, according to his coach, did not bear enough fruit since he was replaced at half-time. Replaced by Pablo Rosario (46th) who is completely transparent after playing and who is only noticed by the yellow card he collects (2).

  • Bard (4.5): Happy not to receive a penalty in a match against Embolo (38th), the left side of Nice, like his team, first suffered the pressure of Monegasques, before being able to occupy in a more advanced position afterwards. Precisely with his long crosses (3/4 successful), Melvin Bard spent a lot of energy by multiplying his races. Replaced by Joe Bryan (77th).

  • Pepe (5): forcing Alexander Nübel into a good save (29th), the Ivorian showed a lot of things, especially in his duo formed with Youcef Atal, until the exit later. With his quick catch of the ball and his dribbling game, the ex-Lillois always tried to outplay his defensive counterpart. Replaced by Sofiane Diop (77th).

  • Delor (4): Positioned at the forefront of Nice’s attack, it was through his stopping play that the former Montpellier player distinguished himself the most. Harassing, as usual, the opposing players, he had many duels to negotiate (9), but in the end too few attacking balls to negotiate. As proof, he did not fire a single shot in the meeting.

  • Laborde (5): arrived in Nice on the last day of the summer transfer window, the former Rennais did not release his efforts to attack up front, always looking to put himself in the few spaces left in the Monegasque defense. A first appearance is not necessarily easy for the neo-Aiglons who can only touch about thirty balls after more than an hour of playing.

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  • Nübel (6.5): a risky exit, but in the end Delort managed to arm his strike. Before a nice stop near the front of Atal (12th). He made three decisive saves and two important clearances, before a great reflex recovery from Dante (62nd). His caution should have won the ASM this Sunday night.

  • Aguilar (5): in a very closed meeting, the French international never won and inspired the right wing. If he tried to find Aguilar several times, he was first against the block from Nice and could only try one cross. No success. Defensively, he made two interceptions. Replaced by Vanderson (65th)which we didn’t see much of.

  • This (5.5): if Nice’s attack was blocked well this Sunday night, the defensive placement with three Monegasques, at times, was lacking. Without fail, the ASM captain was late in Dante’s recovery, fortunately he was offside (62nd). But overall, he performed well with four defensive duels won.

  • Badiashile (5): like Disasi, the ASM defender does the work and usually covers the attacks of Pepe and Delort, in particular. His clearances (4) and his presence in aerial duels allow Nubel to breathe.

  • Sarr (5): the three Monegasque defenders will be homogeneous, in Nice. And for his first start since arriving at Monaco, Sarr also maintained his ranking by intercepting three balls and making five dangerous balls.

  • Caio Henrique (7): see above.

  • Diatta (4): very smart in this part, the Senegalese can still have fun with Viti in the second half. But his three attempted shots failed and one goal was disallowed for an offside position. We have the right to expect more from a player of his quality.

  • Fofana (4.5): with the difficulty of dealing with the hard work of Thuram and Barkley on the opposite side, Fofana will still continue to press which will allow his defenders not to suffer too much from Nice’s offensives. But technically, the midfielder made too many technical inaccuracies (14 balls and 5 duels were lost).

  • Camera (6): His performance at the Parc des Princes was remarkable for his first tenure. And since then, the new Monegasque recruit has gradually made his mark. He has made many runs to stop Nice’s advance. In duels, he was also solid (8 balls won). On the other hand, we would have liked to see him step forward more to help the attack from the Rock that was about to stop.

  • Plunger (6): a goal… that he established for himself from the beginning of the action. And nothing else. Decisively, the Swiss allowed ASM to win this Sunday night. But, in the game, he is completely out of the debates and can only make one shot in this part. Absolute realism, but he still needs to do better to secure his place in Clement’s eleven.

  • Golovin (6.5): While Embolo and Diatta were very cautious in this meeting, the Russian was the most dynamic player in the Monegasque attack. His technique and ease with the ball will help his team a lot. When he looks for his teammates to create danger, his accuracy in front of goal will also worry Schmeichel for a long time. He could have opened the scoring, but his shot hit the post (52nd). Replaced by Jakobs (90th).

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