Recently identified as the most of the European Big 5, according to a study by the Observatory of Football (CIES), Niko Kovac’s team is again distinguished this season by the performance of its “young guns”. The proof in statistics’.
They were already young and efficient! Mostly revealed in the second part of the previous year when AS Monaco had become invincible, the “young guns” of the Rock are once again making their mark this season. Even more mature, more experienced, more sharp, and supervised by tauliers, the young Monegasque shoots have thus made Niko Kovac’s team, the youngest in the European Big 5.
Younger teams: @AS_Monaco leads the big-5 ranking⃣ 🌱 Six 🇫🇷 @ Ligue1UberEats teams in the top 🔟 including @ASSEofficiel & @OM_Officiel 😎 Data for 7⃣2⃣ league teams around the world @CIES_Football ⚽️ Weekly publication ➡️ https://t.co/CZjaDvpoLY pic.twitter.com/P5SQ0OqkTa
– CIES Football Obs (@CIES_Football) September 27, 2021
The youngest XI of the Big 5
According to a recent study by the Football Observatory (CIES), the Red and Whites lined up during the first seven days of Ligue 1 reached an average age of just over 24 years. A figure which proves that AS Monaco trusts the youth, without frenzy, and with results which are bearing fruit lately. The teammates of Aurélien Tchouameni (21), the standard of this rising generation, thus remain in six games without defeat, in all competitions, including three victories in a row in Ligue 1.
A success that is therefore not unrelated to the place left for talents, in a workforce that does not exceed 24 years of average age, concerning the 23 players made at least one appearance (even out of the bench) in the elite this season. So here are a few stats ”, the reasons for the return to form of AS Monaco, driven by its rising youth.
“You don’t talk to me about age!” “
Over the first seven days of the championship, the Red and Whites barely exceeded the 24-year-old average in the starting line-ups (24.31). According to the Football Observatory (CIES), which specializes in the statistical analysis of football, AS Monaco is ahead of Bayer Leverkusen (24.64 years on average), AS Saint-Etienne (24.74 ) or the Stade Brestois (24.75).
16 members of the “Under 25” team
Since the start of the season in Ligue 1, Niko Kovac has given playing time to 16 players of 25 or less in the top flight (at least one entry during the match, editor’s note): Eliot Matazo and Chrislain Matsima (19 years old) – Benoît Badiashile, Myron Boadu and Strahinja Pavlović (20 years old) – Aurélien Tchouameni and Wilson Isidor (21 years old) – Krépin Diatta, Youssouf Fofana and Ismaïl Jakobs (22 years old) – Axel Disasi and Jean Lucas (23 years old) – Caio Henrique ( 24 years old) – Aleksandr Golovin and Alexander Nübel (25 years old).
The players under 21, had even accumulated 14.2% of the total playing time of the Monegasque squad after the Saint-Etienne match, which places the Principality club in 10th position in the ranking published by CIES in the matter. Since the start of the season against Nantes, five U21 players have had playing time in the top flight: Eliot Matazo (19), Chrislain Matsima (19), Benoît Badiashile (20), Strahinja Pavlović (20 years old) and Myron Boadu (20 years old).
The Academy in the spotlight
Among the youngest members of the Monegasque squad, three come from the Academy of AS Monaco. Chrislain Matsima, Eliot Matazo and Benoît Badiashile have all accumulated playing time this season in the top flight. Monstrous against Bordeaux (7 recoveries, 100% successful tackles, 87% successful passes), the Belgian U21 international has formed a good pair with Aurélien Tchouameni. The twenties in power.
🗣 “𝗧𝘂 𝘃𝗮𝘀? 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗹𝗮̀”
We do not spend with Eliot Matazo ✋🏾⛔️
– AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) October 4, 2021
The latter are also successful in 6 goals and 7 assists on the 14 achievements of AS Monaco in the league. Sofiane Diop is the top scorer (3), while Caio Henrique was the biggest distributor of caviars, with already 3 assists on the clock.
At your service
He is also one of the two most decisive backs in the championship in this exercise. Only Jonathan Clauss (RC Lens, 8) delivered more assists than the Brazilian side (7) among the Ligue 1 defenders in 2021. He even took the opportunity to be present in the type of the 8th day.
– AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) September 27, 2021
Endurance pays off
Before their victory against Bordeaux, AS Monaco had made 136 winning pressings in Ligue 1 this season, more than any other team. Proof, if any, of the physical form of Niko Kovac’s team, which is increasing collective efforts.
The ten above
Facing the Girondins this Sunday, they are five among the “young guns” to have passed an additional milestone with the club of the Rock. Myron Boadu took part in his 10th match under the Monegasque colors, while Eliot Matazo celebrated his 20th appearance with the Diagonale. Caio Henrique passed the 50-game mark with the Red and White, while the Fanamenial doublet reached 60 caps with AS Monaco. The opportunity for Tchouam ‘to present this figure with a but against his training club.
Aurélien Tchouameni, 69th Monegasque tricolor international
By being chosen by Didier Deschamps for the first time in September, the former manager of the Espoirs became the 69th player of AS Monaco called up for the French team. He was also called again to play in the Final 4 of the Nations League with Wissam Ben Yedder.
𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲 to our two Blues on the occasion of the “Final 4” of the League of Nations.
– AS Monaco (@AS_Monaco) October 5, 2021
Of the thirteen Monegasque internationals who left to join their selection during the October break, eleven of them are 22 years old or younger. Among them, five were called by the selection of young French. To augment.
Eliot Matazo, the talisman
Since the start of the season, Eliot Matazo has taken part in six meetings with the Red and White (3 starts). Each time, AS Monaco won when he was present on the pitch. This was the case in Prague and against Sturm Graz in the European Cup, and against Troyes, Saint-Etienne, Clermont and Bordeaux in Ligue 1. Lucky charm.
The MVP in the skin
Of the 15 games already played by Niko Kovac’s men this season, 11 MVP titles have been awarded to players aged 25 or under. Aurélien Tchouameni is currently the biggest holder, already with three awards, plus the title of player of the month of August. In addition, the Monegasque number 8 as well as Strahinja Pavlović, Sofiane Diop and Caio Henrique have already made their appearance in the typical Ligue 1 day team.