AS Monaco App 21 August 2023, 19:52

With a double, Takumi Minamino is your MVP against Strasbourg

With a double, Takumi Minamino is your MVP against Strasbourg
With two goals and an assist in the victory against Racing (3-0), the Japanese international was widely acclaimed by Monegasque fans on the AS Monaco App for the title of MVP, just as he had been by journalists who named him to l'Équipe's team of the matchday.

He’s undergone a metamorphosis sicne the start of the season! Already very impressive in preseason (two goals against Betis and Bayern), Takumi Minamino hasn’t slowed down in the first two matches of the league season. First there was an assist in Clermont for Vanderson, and now he’s delivered a masterclass in the Rouge et Blanc’s big win over Strasbourg (3-0), Sunday.

An opener from long range

Once again playing behind Wissam Ben Yedder, the Japanese international delighted the crowd, who had come in large numbers to the Stade Louis-II. First he was at the origin of a beautiful bit collective play finished by Aleksandr Golovin (16′), and then it was on a bit of individual skill that he opened the scoring (20′).

After a ball recovered from the feet of Abakar Sylla, he unleashed an powerful strike from 25 meters which found the top corner of Matz Sels’ goal. It was his first goal from outside the box in the league since August 2019 with RB Salzburg against SV Mattersburg, noted our partner Opta.

Involved in all three goals

Very involved in the final third, the Monegasque number 18 even doubled the lead a quarter of an hour later, well found by Caio Henrique (36′). He thus scored his first league double since March 2018, again with the Austrian team, against Austria Vienna, according to Opta. And he could even have had a hat-trick if one of his strikes from the edge of the area been just wide.

I feel great. I feel very good feelings since the preparation and at the start of the championship. We have a new coach and a different style of play, maybe that's why my performance is improving. I am happy and I hope to continue like this throughout the season, in order to help the team.
Takumi MinaminoAS Monaco midfielder

After scoring in the first half, Takumi Minamino then turned provider in the second for his captain, sending him in perfectly with a sumptuous touch (58′). Note that with two assists already sent this season, he is alone at the top of this individual ranking (all others players have one).

In l’Équipe’s team of the week as well

It was a high-flying performance to which he added 59 touches and five recoveries, and which logically earned him the title of MVP of this match on the AS Monaco App, with more than 92% of the votes. It’s his first award since his arrival last summer. But that’s not all since with a score of 8 in sports daily L’Équipe, Takumi Minamino also appears in the best XI of the round by the sports daily.. よくやった滝 ! 👏

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MVP 2023-2024 Recap

First half:

  • Ligue 1 – Matchday 1 : Clermont Foot 2-4 AS Monaco: Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
  • Ligue 1 – Matchday 2 : AS Monaco 3-0 RC Strasbourg: Takumi Minamino (1)
Rise. Risk. Repeat.