For their last game of what has been an incredible season for them, AS Monaco travelled to the Stade Bolleart to face off against RC Lens on Sunday, May 23.
With a podium finish and a place in next year’s UEFA Champions League at stake, Monaco head coach Niko Kovac opted for a classic red and white 4-4-2 formation featuring the dynamic duo of Kevin Volland and Wissam Ben Yedder in the front row.
The match was very much under the control of the Monegasques from kick-off and right until the first half ended, as Monaco took several shots while Lens generally shied away from the Principality’s posts.
Monaco maintained their momentum well into the second half, but Lens were beginning to build up the courage to take some shots off, although not very on target.
As the end of the match drew nearer Kovac made a couple of defensively minded substitutions, in order to keep the draw and the precious point separating Monaco from fourth place Lyon who were losing their match at the time.
At the end of a scoreless match, Monaco managed to hold on for a draw and with that, finished the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season in third place. A highly respectable position for Monaco, who finished the previous season in ninth place.
Such an end result is a testimony to the talent and hard work of the club as a whole. The players and staff that joined at the beginning of the season have also settled in tremendously well alongside Kovac who’s performance as the head coach has considerably contributed to Monaco’s return to the Champions League after three years.
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