Monaco will finish 3rd, announces Florian Gazan
He has a love of risk, like this cult series, a love of risk in football. Every Saturday in RTL’s 7 a.m. newspaper, Florian Gazan embarks on a football bet with humor, irony, provocation, discrepancy but always with information. Saturday April 30, its high rating takes us to Monaco“the only place in the world where even the poor are rich – by the way, over there homeless, that means Without Tax Domicile – and I bet you that AS Monaco will snatch 3rd place in Ligue 1, qualifying for the next Champions League”.
However, it is Rennes who currently occupy this 3rd place, on goal difference ahead of Monaco. “But at the moment, the Red and Whites are irresistible, underlines the columnist. They are on a series of six victories, which is quite simply the best current series in the European top 5. And among their six victims, there are not only small fry. No, there are big fish, and even the big fish, PSG, cut sashimi style (3-0). There is also the neighbor of Nice and the rival for this 3rd place, we talk about it, Stade Rennais, beaten 3-2 in Brittany.
How to explain this series? “By the change of coach already. When the Croatian Niko Kovac was landed at the end of December, after one more victory, we all wanted to ask the president of AS Monaco: “Why are you doing this?”, as in Florent Pagny’s song Anything. Especially since the beginnings of the new coach, the Belgian Philippe Clément, were delicate. Yes, but now, four months after his arrival, the figures are there: where Kovac’s Monaco took 1.5 points per game, Clément’s takes 2“.
“We must add to this, a successful winter transfer windowwith the Brazilian nugget Vanderson, decisive right-back with already two goals and three assists, and of course Wissam Ben Yedderthe home international scorer who equaled his career-best goal total last weekend: already 20, two behind Kylian Mbappé. So many cards in hand to send Rennes to the matespecially since the Bretons have a more complicated schedule with OM and Nantes, in a still uncertain derby, while Monaco will meet opponents who still have their feet on the pitch but their heads are already on vacation like Angers or Brest “.