After Stade de Reims and FC Nantes at home, next is a visit from RC Strasbourg at the Stade Louis-II, this Sunday at 3 p.m. The Alsatians, who have just recorded their first result are the opponents for AS Monaco for this 5th matchday of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats season.
Three losses to start
On the first matchday of Ligue 1, on August 23, RCSA seemed to have launched its season ideally when Mehdi Chahiri opened the scoring on the half-hour mark away to FC Lorient. After that, however, nothing more: Les Merlus scored three unanswered goals and won the match (1-3). Nice (0-2) and Saint-Etienne (0-2) then put the Alsatian team to the sword, as they have now scored only two goals since the start of the season, and have more worringly conceded six in the second half (out of seven total conceded goals), at least two more than any other team in the league.
🎙️ Thierry #Laurey : "Il ne faudra pas laisser Monaco prendre le match en main. On ne peut pas trop tirer d’enseignements du passé. C’est une formation bien organisée. Ils marquent beaucoup sur coups de pied arrêtés. Il faudra être très attentifs dans ce secteur."#ASMRCSA pic.twitter.com/CWlZ6J0rUJ
— RC Strasbourg Alsace (@RCSA) September 25, 2020
Adrien Thomasson loves the Rock
After these three initial defeats, Strasbourg got their heads aboe water against Dijon last Sunday at the Meinau thanks to a goal from captain Aleksandr Mitrovic late in the game. It was a matter of deliverance for the players of Thierry Laurey, who had not won for six matches in Ligue 1. Among the players to watch for RCSA side, Niko Kovac and his players should be especially wary of Adrien Thomasson, who has scored a goal during each of his last 5 matches against Monaco in Ligue 1 (1 with Nantes then 4 with Strasbourg). By adding to this statistic the fact that Strasbourg have never started a season with 3 losses in a row away since the 2000/2001 season, the Red and Whites will be warned!
Press conference extracts
Click here for Niko Kovac’s complete press conference.
Click here for Cesc Fabregas’ complete press conference.
AS Monaco – RC Strasbourg, by the numbers…
• 88 matches in Ligue 1, with a record of 44 wins, 21 draws and 23 losses (145 goals scored, 109 conceded)
• 44 matches at the Stade Louis-II in Ligue 1, with a record of 32 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses (91 goals scored, 42 conceded)
• At least 1 goal has been scored by AS Monaco in each of the last 25 matches at home to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 (60 goals in total). We have to go back to the 1978/1979 season not to see AS Monaco score against the Alsatians.
• 5-1 in the biggest win at home: Sylvain Legwinski, Thierry Henry, Sonny Anderson, Christopher Wreh and Vincenzo Scifo all scored for AS Monaco on Matchday 37 of the 1995/1996 season. With this win, the Red and Whites secured a third place finish.