Ricardo Carvalho’s team, Monaco, who is hoping to qualify for next season’s Champions League, are currently on a poor run of form.
The team has just been beaten 4-1 by Lille.
Monaco is currently in 3rd place with 55 points with only 5 games left to play. Lyon is second with the same number of points but a bigger goal difference. Paris Saint-Germain has already won the Championship with a 28 points lead.
It started poorly for Ricardo Carvalho’s team with Morgan Amalfitano opening the scoring for Lille in the 37th minute. The former West Ham player who was denied by the post in the 16th minute did not miss the target this time.
After the break, Lille’s Civelli Renato was sent off in the 55th minute, but Monaco did not have the man advantage for long. EldersonEchiejile will also be sent off for Monaco in the 65th minute.
Two minutes later, Lille will increase their lead thanks to a goal from Eder. Then they will add another goal by Boufal on the 77th minute and make it 4-0 in the 88th minute with a goal from Sidibe. Bahlouli will score a late consolation goal for Monaco in injury time, but the result means that now Monaco has lost the second place.
With 5 games left to play, it is important that Monaco regroups themselves if they still want to make it to the Champions League. But with Lyon, Nice and even Rennes playing good football at the moment, they risk not only of losing the Champions League qualifying spot but also the Europa League.
Monaco’s coach Jardim has recognized that Lille was the better team on the day but he still believes that they can make it to the Champions League. He has called for his players to stay positive and to keep believing.