After his victory on the lawn of Reims, this Sunday (1-0), Monaco regained third place in the championship and puts pressure on OL (4th).
After OL’s card against Lorient on Saturday (4-1), Monaco had no choice: it was necessary to win to stay on the podium in Ligue 1. The Monegasques did not make the show, with a 1-0 victory against Stade de Reims this Sunday, but the most important is acquired. Two games from the end of the championship, Niko Kovac’s players are virtually qualified for the Champions League.
The Monaco coach, however, admitted that the pressure was on his team when it came time to start the match. “We were fourth at kick-off,” he said. At the final whistle, Monaco however regained a point ahead of Olympique Lyonnais and the pressure changed sides.
Two delicate last matches for Monaco
“The pressure is not on us, it is on Lyon, noted Kovac. This season, they have not played the Champions League and they must play it …” At the top of Ligue 1 at the half of the championship, OL now occupy the seat of the loser, in the four-team match that occupied Lille, Paris and Monaco, in addition to the Lyonnais.
On the Monaco side, European qualification has always been the stated objective. “We’re having a very good season, we can make it even better at the end of the season,” said Niko Kovac. Above fourth place, it’s a bonus for us. ” Monaco’s last two games will however be complicated, with the reception of Rennes and a trip to Lens.