FIVE SUCCESSIVE TOP-THREE FINISHES IN L1
AS Monaco ended Ligue 1 Conforama 2017/2018 as runners-up to secure their fifth consecutive top-three finish, the first time for 25 years that they had achieved such a feat! (six successive top-three finishes between 1987 and 1993.)
Having gone on the longest unbeaten run of any side in Ligue 1 this season (17 matches), the Red & Whites also racked up their second highest goal total in the top flight with 85 scored in 38 matches, a figure only bettered by the 107 scored last season.
With 24 wins in the league, this is the second consecutive season under president Dmitry Rybolovlev in which AS Monaco have clocked up more than 20 victories (30 in 2016/17). It’s also only the second time the club has achieved the feat in its entire top-flight history (22 wins in 1991/92 and 21 in 1992/93).
Leonardo Jardim led AS Monaco to a top-three finish for the fourth season in a row, and a second consecutive Coupe de la Ligue final.
The Portuguese coach also marked his 200th match in charge of AS Monaco this season, and with a total of 221 matches in the dugout, he is now the third longest-serving coach in the club’s history, ahead of Didier Deschamps (208) and behind Lucien Leduc (345) and Arsène Wenger (349). Jardim also boasts the best win rate (56%) and the lowest loss rate (21%) of any coach with more than 100 matches in charge of AS Monaco.
Nominated as one of the four best coaches in the French top division, after winning the Coach of the Year award last season, he was name the top Portuguese coach of 2017 at the “Quinas de Ouro” and “Globos de Ouro” awards.
Despite exiting the Champions League at the group stage, the Red & Whites kept working hard to achieve their target of qualifying directly for next season’s competition. The squad showed great mental resilience to collect 22 points in Ligue 1 this season after falling behind. AS Monaco also have more different scorers than any other side, with 19 players contributing goals.
This season, AS Monaco saw several players reach major milestones, with four making their 100th appearance for the club: Thomas Lemar, Jemerson, Falcao and Kamil Glik. João Moutinho, Fabinho and Andrea Raggi are veterans with over 200 appearances for the Red & Whites.
The senior players have helped the youngsters to develop.
This season, the AS Monaco Academy once again showed just how important it is to the club’s project, as several new youngsters broke through while others confirmed their potential.
Julien Serrano (20) and Moussa Sylla (18) both made their debuts for the first team, with Moussa Sylla netting a double on his first start at Caen on matchday 36. The striker is the youngest goalscorer in Ligue 1 this season at 18 years and 5 months.
Kevin N’Doram (16 appearances) and Almamy Touré (26) both confirmed their potential, making regular appearances in the coach’s matchday squad and producing highly promising performances. Young signings Jordi Mboula (19) and Pietro Pellegri (17) also made good progress for their new club this season, showing enough to suggest they both have a fine future at Monaco. The Italian beat Kylian Mbappé’s record to become the youngest ever player to make an appearance for AS Monaco in Ligue 1, at just 16 years and 10 months.
Meanwhile, Irvin Cardona, on loan to Monaco’s subsidiary club Cercle Bruges, fittingly scored the goal that clinched the Belgian second division title and took Cercle Bruges back into the top flight of Belgian football next season. The “Monégasques” Paul Nardi, Guévin Tormin, Jordy Gaspar and Tristan Muyumba also played their part in that superb achievement.
BEST IMAGE IN L1
For the second year running, with an 82% positive opinion rating, AS Monaco topped the image charts for professional football clubs, realized in partnership with the LFP, Première Ligue and IPOS for the 2017-18 season. AS Monaco have recorded a resounding victory in the image stakes.
A survey carried out on French football clubs in partnership with the LFP, Première Ligue and IPSOS for the 2017-2018 season found that 82% of those questioned had a “good image” of AS Monaco, almost 20 points above the average (63%). Some 26% of those surveyed had a “very good image” of the club from the Principality.
The score sees AS Monaco top the rankings of Ligue 1 clubs for the second successive season, and represents a fitting reward for the hard work done in recent years, boosted by fine results on the pitch.