They’re back! With the exception of the internationals, the Rouge et Blanc were working at the Performance Center, taking the traditional physical exams upon their return. It was a first step in their return to training, with the focus on a friendly against the third-placed side from last season in Belgium, Union Saint-Gilloise, this Sunday at 11:00 (behind closed doors).
A week-long training camp
The team is also set to face their sister club, Cercle Bruges as well as Arsenal at the beginning of August – as part of the Emirates Cup – and AS Monaco’s players are seeing their preseason program defined. The team will indeed go to England, and more precisely to Birmingham, for a training camp from July 17 to 22. It’s a week at the end of which Aleksandr Golovin’s teammates will take on Leeds United in York on Saturday 22 (kick-off 4 p.m. at the LNER Community Stadium).
C'est l'heure de la reprise pour nos Monégasques 🥰🔙
Au programme du jour : 𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗽𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗲𝘁 𝗺𝗲́𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘅 ! pic.twitter.com/EQ0SLMhATP
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) July 3, 2023
A former Premier League side on the schedule
It will be a meeting with a team relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2022-2023 season, and the Principality club has previously faced them in the UEFA Cup in 1995. At that time, Sonny Anderson’s teammates, despite scoring in the return leg (in a 1-0 win), would unfortunately see their run end at that stage of the competition, having suffered a 3-0 defeat in the first leg at the Stade Louis-II.
Back-to-back echoing December
More recently, our Rouge et Blanc won a friendly against the Peaccoks on December 21 thanks to a double by Breel Embolo, at the start of training following the World Cup. This meeting against a British side will in any case be a good rehearsal before the big clash against the Gunners eleven days later. Let’s go! 🇬🇧