AS monaco will host Olympique de Marseille on Sunday in the last Ligue 1 game before everyone separates for the world Cup and it’s a chance for the local team to break in France the four first. Both sides are tied on 27 points, so the Monegasques could overtake OM with a win and enter the winter break fourth or higher depending on Stade Rennais’ result at home against Toulouse Saturday.
ASM sporting director Paul Mitchell spoke to CBS Sports ahead of what is one of the most glamorous fixtures on the Championship schedule after qualifying for the UEFA Europa League knockout stage.
“Marseille is always a big game,” said the Englishman. “It’s something I’ve learned since I’ve been here. OM are a huge club in France and they have a great history, like us, as a competitive team. We just missed the second place last year so we will be excited for this game. We are in good shape and last week was important with qualification for the next stage of the Europa League as well as a fantastic performance in a difficult place like Toulouse.
“Marseille and Monaco, two heavyweight clubs in a big Sunday night clash in the spotlight – I can’t wait. In terms of being on the right track, someone gave me a stat the other day because I like my data, and it’s our best start to a campaign in five Ligue 1 seasons. only one point reindeer on the 27th, so it would be nice to end a very good series of games and performances well. It doesn’t take anything away from a strong first half of the season.”
Monaco and Marseille have enjoyed contrasting fortunes so far this season, with the principality’s side starting slowly as the Phocaeans rocketed up the Ligue 1 table only for the tables to be reversed with ASM now in able to potentially usurp a declining OM side in the race for a UEFA Champions League spot.
“We knew it was going to be a tough start and we were going to face six or seven of the best teams from last season domestically,” admitted Mitchell. “It was as tough as it could have been, and we also had the playoff heartbreak against PSV, so the team showed great maturity in overcoming that, especially considering Shakhtar Donetsk the year before. We struggled to find form, focus and balance between Europe and home, which we did much better this time. To qualify for the round of 16, to enjoy our best start in five years, to still be the youngest team in France – there is much to congratulate before this break.”
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How to watch and odds
- Date: Sunday November 13 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- Location: Louis II Stadium — Fontvieille, Monaco
- TV: beIN Sports | Direct: fuboTV (try for free)
- Odds: ADM +125; Draw +250; OM +200 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Monegasque: The big news for Philippe Clément’s men ahead of the game was Chez Youssouf Fofana summons to the France World Cup team for Qatar alongside the former Monegasque star Aurelien Tchouameni with Mitchell delighted for both midfielders following their development during his time with the Ligue 1 side.
“We are extremely proud and happy for him,” Mitchell said of Fofana. “I have been fortunate to watch two members of this upcoming World Cup squad grow and develop during my tenure here. Seeing how far Youssouf and Aurélien have come has been amazing. First of all, compliments to both in as individuals, but also to the work that has continued tirelessly behind the scenes, in the change of strategy, but also in the change of philosophy and work within the club for the past two and a half years, two fantastic options for the French team in this World Cup.”
Benoit Badiashilewho was capped at the same time as Fofana last month, finally missed Didier Deschamps’ traveling party and returns from suspension this weekend with by Myron Boadu the knee is the main absence of the hosts.
Mitchell also opened up about the recent loss of Laurence Stewart to chelsea as technical director, which the former Red Bull chief compared to losing a player: “Similar to Youssouf, I’m sitting here incredibly proud,” Mitchell told CBS Sports. “My commitment and that of the president was not only to grow players, but also to grow people. I think Laurence is typical of what we try to do in Monaco: grow, challenge and develop great practitioners as well as great players. I think that’s what we’re doing. The stability and consistency that we have now in our decision-making on and off the pitch really helps us in that regard.
“Laurence goes with a bittersweet blessing from us. Bitter that we are losing a great practitioner who is highly regarded and who has done an excellent job on the recruiting, player development and scouting aspects of our business Sweet in the fact that, like anyone else in the development sector, we have developed a practitioner to the level of quality that he must now be able to join one of the largest organizations in the world. must be proud of this moment as we do with the players.”
Marseilles: As for OM, five defeats in the last eight in all competitions with only two wins is far from enough and Igor Tudor now finds himself under fire. A home win Olympique Lyonnais the last time out brought some respite, but a poor result here would raise the same questions that have been posed to the Croatian lately. Nuno Tavares should start but is one booking away from a ban while Eric Bailly continues to struggle with a leg problem. Matteo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout have been called up for the World Cup.
This should be a great way for the Ligue 1 action to wrap up after the break for Qatar. ASM can climb into the top 4 with a win while OM can’t afford to lose. The midfield is particularly highlighted in this one given that Fofana, Guendouzi and Veretout are all from the traveling Les Bleus side. This is the area of the court where this game will be won and lost. Take: Monaco 2, Marseilles 1.