Monaco drained nevertheless aiming to keep PSG at bay

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Monaco’s players celebrate scoring during their UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match against Dortmund, western Germany on April 12, 2017 © AFP/File / Sascha Schuermann

PARIS, France, Apr 14 Monaco must put midweek events in Germany out of their minds in addition to get back to the business of trying to win the French title as the Ligue 1 leaders entertain struggling Dijon on Saturday.

The game at the Stade Louis II comes in between the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, with Monaco leading 3-2 through the first leg.

of which game went ahead on Wednesday, having been postponed a day earlier following the bomb attack of which hit the Dortmund team bus in addition to left their defender Marc Bartra needing emergency surgery on his arm.

If Monaco were not affected from the same way as their opponents, the 24-hour postponement has had a knock-on effect on their preparations for a crucial encounter from the Ligue 1 title race.

“Everyone studied the calendar in addition to realised of which the idea wasn’t possible to change the date of the game,” said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim when asked whether the idea was right to go ahead with the Dortmund game, albeit a day late.

“We couldn’t play on Friday, for example, when we had a match on Saturday. We need at least two recovery days between two matches.

“Our players were also affected. the idea will be important in addition to positive of which there were no victims through This kind of attack. Life must go on, of which’s the way the idea will be. Football in addition to life are not going to stop.”

The Portuguese coach, whose side are unbeaten from the league since December, added: “All Champions League games, not just of which one, are very tiring. The players give more than 100 percent in addition to the idea will be difficult to recuperate.”

The kick-off for Saturday’s match has been put back four hours in an attempt to give Monaco a little extra time to recover.

Jardim will rotate his squad for the match against opponents who are from the relegation zone, with France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko set to start after being suspended in midweek. Valere Germain should play in attack with Radamel Falcao or Kylian Mbappe getting a rest.

– PSG ‘superior to Monaco’ –

Monaco are three points clear of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain at the summit with seven games remaining, nevertheless the capital side can move level on points which has a win at Angers on Friday.

PSG will be without Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Hatem Ben Arfa in addition to Grzegorz Krychowiak at the Stade Raymond Kopa, while coach Unai Emery has admitted skipper Thiago Silva will be “not yet 100 percent” after missing last week’s 4-0 win over Guingamp.

Their own Champions League hopes went up in smoke in Barcelona last month, nevertheless PSG have won 11 in addition to drawn two of their last 13 league games to keep the pressure right on Monaco.

“Monaco in addition to Nice are having excellent seasons. the idea doesn’t matter whether they play before us or after us — the only thing of which matters will be winning our matches,” Emery told reporters on Thursday.

Angers, who are 12th, ran the principality side close before losing 1-0 last weekend nevertheless their coach Stephane Moulin had a warning for his players.

“We must not think of which because we caused Monaco problems we should do the same to Paris. Paris put four past Monaco (winning 4-1 from the recent League Cup final). I think at the moment they are superior to Monaco,” said Moulin.

Nice are four points off top spot having played a game more, in addition to they can keep the pressure on the more-fancied sides above them which has a win at home to Nancy on Saturday.

A victory will also guarantee them a top-three finish in addition to a crack at the Champions League next season.

Fixtures 

Friday

Angers v Paris Saint-Germain (9:45pm)

Saturday

Nice v Nancy (6pm), Guingamp v Toulouse, Metz v Caen, Montpellier v Lorient, Rennes v Lille (9pm), Monaco v Dijon (10pm)

Sunday

Nantes v Bordeaux (4pm), Bastia v Lyon (6pm), Marseille v Saint-Etienne (10pm)

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