Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim says that the fight for the Champions League last 16 qualification will go to the last group match.
Monaco qualified for the Champions League after spending vast sums of money on players like James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. Even though most of the high-profile signings have departed the club in the summer after budget cuts, they continue to remain in the Champions League group stages. They were given a fair chance of reaching the last 16 due to the group not having many top contenders like the Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
Even though Monaco have had just one win in the four matches up until now, they sit second in the table and it will be enough to see them through to the knockout stages. Bayern Leverkusen remain the overwhelming favourites to win the group, as they hold a four-point advantage over Monaco. The fight for the final qualification spot will go to the last match according toJardim. There have been a lot of rumours thatJardim could be sacked before Christmas after four run of form has left the club several points away from qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Zenit St Petersburg and Benfica are the other teams in Monaco’s Champions League group.
“It was a very even match, just as it was two weeks ago. Both teams had chances and Benfica were more clinical. They scored and we didn’t manage that.At this moment Leverkusen have an advantage given the points they have but it’s a very tight group. All four teams will be fighting to qualify until the end.Benfica are back on track. As I said, if they didn’t win they would be out; as they won, the fight will be until the finish,” said Jardim, whose team next take on table leaders Leverkusen.
Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has said that the club are targeting a good start to the French league season in order to stand chance of winning the title. The club finished second last season under the management of Claudio Ranieri. However, there were several points behind eventual winners Paris St Germain.
Even though they were promoted only in the previous summer, Ranieri paid for this disappointing result with his job. Jardim has been appointed in his place. Even though Monaco have not been spending a lot of money like in the last few transfers window, their squad is thought to be one of the strongest in the French league.
Paris St Germain remain the overwhelming favourites to win the league title once again, but Jardim says that they can upset the odds by starting the campaign in a positive fashion. Monaco has had pre-season during which they have beaten the likes of Arsenal in friendly matches. Further, the return of Radamel Falcao, who has been injured for the last six months, will only help matters. Dimitar Berbatov is also present at the club should Falcao decide to leave for Real Madrid in the last moment. Ahead of the season opener against Lorient, Jardim says that the club wants to have a positive start to the campaign.
“We have worked hard for six weeks to be ready. We want to start with a good game on Sunday. I know who will play. Falcao is not 100 per cent yet but is ready to be included in the group. The team is confident after the six friendlies. We do everything to have a good quality of football. My style of play is to have the ball go through the sides playing very compact. I also like that my press team the opponent very high,” said Jardim.
Leonardo Jardim has been appointed as the new manager of AS Monaco and the first thing that the club fans are expecting him to do is to prevent James Rodriguez from taking an away transfer.
Rodriguez was bought by Monaco last summer at a big transfer fee of 40 million Pounds and the Colombian justified his price tag by producing the goods regularly for the club.
He kept his good form going in the World Cup in Brazil too which put him on the radar of a number of clubs around the world.
It’s certain that Monaco would be receiving some lucrative bids for him in the next couple of weeks. It’s interesting to see how Jardim copes with all that and if he manages to make the talented playmaker stay in France or not.
Monaco had performed reasonably well in the top tier of French football last season and had ended up at the second position, but, despite that, the club board decided to replace the manager Caludio Ranieri with Jardim.
So, it’s clear that the owners want glory and Jardim has been brought in just for that.
Jardim was with Sporting CP last season and he did a good job there. But, the scenario in France will be different from that in Portugal. The standard of the game will be a little higher.
This is the first time that Jardim is going to manage a big club. In the last 10-12 years, he has been in charge of small clubs like Camacha, Braga etc. and he has mostly had one year tenures. But, at Monaco, he would like his stint to be much longer.
Jardim is one of those managers who never played the game themselves at a competitive level.
French club Monaco have announced that Leonardo Jardim has been appointed as their new manager following the release of Claudio Ranieri towards the end of last season. The former Roma and Chelsea manager was sacked from his first after the failure to win the league title. This was seen as hasty decision from the club after Ranieri had just led them to the top division only last summer. Now, Monaco will be focusing on the future after appointing Jardim as their new manager. He comes with a wealth of experience after having recently been the manager of Sporting Lisbon.
The 39-year-old has signed a new two-year contract that will see him remain as the manager of Monaco until 2016. After announcing the news, Monaco stated that he has the experience of being in the top competition and that would help Monaco challenge for titles in the future. Jardim stated that his first job is to start speaking French. He is expected to be handed significant transfer funds – just as his predecessor Ranieri – to end the domination of Paris St Germain in the French division. This is likely to be a threat for Dimitar Berbatov’s place in the team. The former Manchester United man arrived on a free transfer in the January transfer window.
“I am very happy to work for Monaco as it is a big club. I fully believe in this project and I think that this group can go far. The first thing is to start learning to speak French. I have been taking lessons for a few days now, it is question of respect towards the supporters, and the people of Ligue 1,” said the manager. “He is a manager who has obtained excellent results with all of his previous clubs,” said Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev.
Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he will be returning to White Hart Lane in the summer in order to play in a testimonial match for the Ledley King. Former club captain Ledley King announced his retirement from the game a few years ago due to regular complaints with his knee. He has been working as the club ambassador for the last few years. After having served the club since becoming a professional player, King was due a testimonial. It is set to be held in the summer. Some of the best Tottenham players from the past including the Bulgarian Berbatov are set to be present for this match.
Berbatov played with King for a couple of years before moving onto Manchester United for a then Premier league record of £ 31 million. He represented the Red Devils for a few years before joining Fulham. After again a couple of years at the London club, he has joined Monaco in the January transfer window. His next destination is currently in major doubt given that his contract with the French outfit runs out at the end of the season. He has expressed his desire to stay, but the club are willing to offer him only a one-year contract.
“I am really forward to returning to White Hart Lane to play in Ledley’s testimonial. It is a fitting tribute for a great player and I can’t wait to meet up with some of the past and present players. It should be a great night not just for Ledley but for the fans too,” said the striker revealing his intentions to be part of the testimonial match. It has also been heavily rumoured that Tottenham are looking to sign the player, who represented and scored several goals for a couple of years.