Monaco are one team to watch during the upcoming season.

Their squad is getting richer and more interesting by the day, but the most intelligent move was to bring together Radamel Falcao, João Moutinho and James Rodriguez. The trio achieved brilliance at FC Porto and can surely do it again for Monaco.

Other clever feats pulled through were the signing of Ricardo Carvalho and Eric Abidal.

Firstly, the Portuguese veteran centre-back is more than capable to spread his knowledge within the squad, with positive results for defensive strategy.

Former Barcelona full-back and fan favourite Abidal has already played in Monaco and will quickly adapt in for his second spell for the Monegasque side, although he might be relegated to the bench,

Jeremy Toulalan is another spot-on transfer. The French defensive midfielder is more than aware of the dangers of Ligue 1, having more than 200 appearances for Lyon and Nantes combined.

Until now, Monaco have spent over £100m, and certainly look as volatile as Manchester City, PSG or even Real Madrid - but closer inspection suggests there are plenty of reasons for optimism.

The language barrier will be easily dissolved as their players share linguistic manners. It may seem irrelevant, but it is an aspect that produces good and clear communication on and off the pitch.

Monaco’s formation spine is also in the same mindset, since some of players share the same past: Rodriguez, Falcao, Carvalho and Moutinho all played in Porto.

Monaco have managed to assemble a diverse and multi-disciplined squad. If they get a grip from beginning to end, they might just shine in the end of this season.


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