AS Monaco faced off against Nantes away for their first Ligue 1 fixture in 2022, on Sunday, January 9. The Monegasques emerged from the match goalless, but with one point under their belts as the match ended in a 0-0 draw.
New head coach Philippe Clement faced the challenge of playing without a handful of key players on his own debut at the helm of the club. The injury list included Aleksandr Golovin, Wissam Ben Yedder, Axel Disasi and more, but Clement did well to arrange his remaining men into a 4-2-3-1 formation.
It looked as if Monaco would open the scoring through Sofiane Diop very early on into the match, but his shot was denied by Alban Lafont who stood tall in between the hosts’ posts.
Both sides continued to exchange shots, but to no avail, as the scoreline remained empty by the 70th minute. With 20 minutes left in the match, Clement substituted in Myron Boadu and new signing Vanderson, who made his first appearance with Monaco since signing on January 1.
However, the reinforcements were unable to change the course of the match, which concluded with a 0-0 draw. The visiting Monegasques enjoyed a large majority of possession of the ball over the course of this fixture, but were unable to convert that into goals, and walk away with one additional point in their Ligue 1 campaign.
Monaco now occupy seventh place in the Ligue 1 table, and must wait until they host Clermont Foot at the Stade Louis II on Sunday, January 16 before they can attempt to scale the table again.
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