After losing the opening two matches of the new Ligue 1 campaign, AS Monaco should brace themselves for what could be another tough season.
The exploits of AS Monaco in the Champions League just a few years ago when they almost reached the final seem a distant memory. The Principality club at that times boasted the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva and an in-form Radamel Falcao and got ever so close to becoming only the second French team to win the Champions League.
And although they had been eliminated in the semifinal stages, a lot of people expected the Ligue 1 outfit to become a true force to be reckoned with. Sadly though, a complete opposite of that happened.
Last season, AS Monaco fans experienced a rollercoaster of a ride that also had a managerial merry-go-round theme attached to it. Leonardo Jardim was sacked and replaced by Thierry Henry who was also sacked to bring back the manager who guided them to their first Ligue 1 title of the century.
Since then, things were expected to improve. While they no longer spend crazy money on big-name players, AS Monaco are considered to be scouting specialists, spending small amounts on talents who could become big names of the future.
The club indeed made a lot of profit out of the sales of the likes of Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Kylian Mbappe and many others. Sadly though, those departures have stopped being replaced the way they should have been.
AS Monaco is a shadow of its former self and is in for another herculean struggle for survival. After losing out to Olympique Lyon 3-0 on the opening day of the season, Monaco were expected to do well against FC Metz on day 2 of the competition.
Quand je pense qu’on a souillé une légende du club pour redonner les clés du camion à celui qui nous dirigeait déjà dans le mur… J’ai mal à ma diagonale. Atrocement mal. Mais j’ai foi en mon club. Toujours. #FCMASM pic.twitter.com/yNsMFJ0sX5Marseille complete a sensational comeback to beat Monaco 4-3. It appears Monaco are consigned to another relegation battle this year, as they find themselves second...
— Yoann Tureck (@ytureck) August 18, 2019
However, the margin of the defeat was the same. We’re definitely not seeing the best version of Monaco at the moment. The feeling is that if Jardim cannot help the side out of this downward spiral, no one else can either.
Granted they were without the services of Falcao and new signing Wissam Ben Yedder, the team should be more than the sum of its parts.
“If you lose two or three games, you can enter a negative cycle, but we will try to have a competitive team,” quipped Jardim before hinting at a situation that the fans saw last season too.
Clearly without Falcao and the former Seville man, AS Monaco should have done better than they did against Metz. While the Lorraine club was very brave throughout the game, you have to say that AS Monaco were completely bereft of ideas and creativity.
The team did not play as a cohesive unit. There was no proper link between the defense and midfield which we saw when Timoue Bakayoko used to play for them. The club is searching for its identity while trying to put together a squad that can be competitive.
And while this is just the start of the season, AS Monaco are in for quite a tough test with the likes of Rennais, Stade de Reims and even Marseille not going to be easy opponents for them.