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Pundits are predicting another runaway season for Paris Saint Germain in France’s Ligue 1 for the fifth time in a row. Monaco, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and a few others will fight for the crumbs left by Les Parisiens, espnfc.com predicts.
The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to have little overall impact on the firm favourites. And they might be more multi-dimensional with new manager Unai Emery. Make no mistake: PSG are ready for another year of dominance domestically. However, once again, their season will be defined by their European campaign.
Meanwhile, Radamel Falcao is back in Monaco and until his thigh injury at last week’s home match against Fenerbahçe – after which head coach Leonardo Jardim hailed him as “one of the best strikers in the world” – had been doing well. “Goals, assists, sharpness, hunger and motivation: the “Tiger” seems to be back … Falcao will be back to his best sooner or later,” espnfc.com says.
Paris St Germain begin a less glamorous chapter of their Qatari-owned era following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but they could be more even more lethal as a collective unit in their bid for a fifth successive Ligue 1 title. Reuters points out that PSG won both the League and both French Cups in the last two seasons but disappointed in the Champions League, to go past the last eight.
AS Monaco plays En Avant de Guingamp Friday Aug 12 and Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, August 28.
National Council President Stéphane Valeri has visited the Grimaldi Forum to thank the team behind the screening campaign, while also encouraging more people to take the Covid-19 antibody test.
Prince Albert has been tested at a Covid-19 screening centre in Monaco to raise awareness about the government’s campaign to have as many people of the Principality tested as possible.
Monaco’s primary students made their return to school on Monday, the final group to do so in the government’s three-phase plan to lift the lockdown.
The Principality ordered some 11.5 million masks at the height of the crisis. Now those masks are being safely stored by the government for a rainy day.
Kylian Mbappe, Monaco’s 17 year-old forward, was hospitalised on Friday night after the home game against Guingamp suffering from what the club later announced as concussion. A scan indicated no long-term damage but he stayed in hospital overnight as a precaution. The neurologist will decide when he can return to play.
The Red & Whites were two goals down at half time before clawing back two goals for a draw in this the first game of the new Ligue 1 season. Subasic in goal thwarted several attempts from Guingamp, with Privat, Salibur and Briand making three attempts in quick succession.
The team will play Villarreal on August 17 in the Champions League Play-Offs.
Look for Monaco Life’s interview with AS Monaco’s Vagner Love on match day, as part of our Olympics coverage on the Brazilian community in Monaco.