Those dropped points at home will no doubt be weighing heavily on the minds of the strikers when matchday 38 comes around, as will that undeserved defeat at Marseille a week ago. The Red & Whites have been unable to wrap up third place until now, but let's not forget that the top-three looked like a distant dream for the club last autumn. Since then, the team have been in championship-winning form - not forgetting to congratulate PSG on their third successive title - and now have their fate in their own hands going into the last day decider.
On Saturday evening at Lorient, Leonardo Jardim's men will play their 55th game of the season (38 in Ligue 1, 10 in the Champions League, 4 in the Coupe de France and 3 in the Coupe de la Ligue). That's 16 matches more than OM and 2 more than St-Etienne, their nearest rivals, who will have home advantage against Bastia and Guingamp on the final day (like Lorient, those two sides secured their top-flight status on matchday 37 - ed.). But in addition to their two-point lead, the Red & Whites have plenty of reasons to be confident of defending their third place.
No other Ligue 1 side can boast a better away record this season. Not other side has conceded so few goals (26), or racked up as many clean sheets (19). Few other sides have put such faith in youth, with the attacking trio of Silva, Carrasco and Martial having an average age of just 21. And there's a host of other reasons for confidence at Moustoir on Saturday! The European adventure, the rock-solid team spirit, the indefatigable support of the fans... All proof that AS Monaco are well worth third place in Ligue 1.