The figures that tell the story
Although AS Monaco only enjoyed a modest advantage in terms of ball possession (with 52% to 48%), when it comes to action in the final third the stats speak volumes. The Red & Whites clocked up an impressive 20 shots, with six of those on target (compared with two shots for Guingamp, both on target).
Over a third of the home side's efforts came from the boot of one player, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. A little more accuracy in front of goal might have seen the Belgian bag a hatful as unfortunately none of his shots were on target, although some were blocked when they seemed destined for the back of the net. YFC was also the player who saw most of the ball during the game, but his teammate Layvin Kurzawa was the most productive with 65 balls contested, and 20 won.
Other stats serve to emphasise AS Monaco's stranglehold on the match. For example, AS Monaco's high pressing game was evidenced by the fact they won the ball on average 43 metres up the pitch, compared with 34 metres for EA Guingamp. The home side also attempted more crosses (11 to 2) and won more corners (6 to 2). So it's a little disappointing that the Red & Whites didn't turn their obvious dominance into more than one goal, which would have been a first in a competitive fixture this season. But with the priority being to secure a first home win of the league season and take all three points, it was very much a case of mission accomplished, and a satisfactory end to a promising week.