The Principality’s players are already regretting the cruel ending to this hard-fought match. After two half-time goals, Adrien Silva’s team-mates, who were fighting for a win just 48 hours after his signing, were reduced to ten (Jemerson’s expulsion) and then conceded the equalizer at the end of the match. One point is simply not enough. At least Leonardo Jardim can be satisfied with the allure of his new attack.
Slimani x Ben Yedder looks promising
The attacking duo of Slimani and Ben Yedder was the best takeaway from this hot summer afternoon of Ligue 1 football at Louis II against Nîmes. With the help of their new recruits, the Principality’s club had a very good first half punctuated by two goals. The scorers? Islam Slimani and Wissam Ben Yedder, the two new forwards on the team. The Algerian impressed for his first time at Louis II with variety, power, and a goal that he earned outright. At his side, the French international performed well and opened his Monegasque scoring account, to the pleasure of the home crowd.
Jemerson’s rough outing
The turning point came in the 56th minute with Jemerson being sent off for a hard clash with Romain Philippoteaux. After first taking out a yellow card, Delerue went to slow down to finally change his decision and expel the Brazilian. A cruel decision that Leonardo Jardim did not digest. With three expelled in three games, the coach has something to be upset about. Not disciplined enough, his players still lack confidence and consistency throughout the duration of a match. The Nîmes equalizer is difficult to digest but maybe the day the ASM finishes a match in full, there will be a much happier outcome …
Next match for AS Monaco in Strasbourg next Sunday.
*Article originally published in the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.