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AS Monaco were heralded as the next big thing in French football following their promotion from Ligue 2 at the end of last season.

Bankrolled by Russian billions they engaged in serial spending, signing big names like Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, Eric Abidal and Ricardo Carvalho with the latter two signed on free transfers.


Monaco was supposed to bulldoze their way to the Champions League while challenging PSG for the honours of Ligue 1's big dogs.
 So far they have done a reasonable job of keeping up with PSG at the top of the league table, even though the capital club are a good eight points clear in first place.

Monaco's is a hastily assembled squad that has not had time to gel, unlike their rivals in Paris who have been together for three seasons now. It is expected that they will do better next term.


A potentially debilitating injury to star player and big gun, Radamel Falcao, has not helped their cause although stand-in replacement Dimitar Berbatov is no slouch himself.
But then, the inconsistencies in performances so far must be singled out and criticised accordingly.

On Wednesday night, Monaco allowed Ligue 1 strugglers, Guingamp, to run them ragged in the Coupe de France semi-final tie.
Not for the first time this season, Monaco have been dealt a huge blow by relative minnows but Wednesday's loss is nothing short of embarrassing, especially considering the talents on display.

Despite taking the game to extra time, Monaco allowed a side five points from relegation to dump them out of an opportunity to win a trophy this season.
Understandably, the coach must take some of the flak for such tepid performances.

Claudio Ranieri has been faced with rumours of his sack since he brought the principality club back to Ligue 1. But admirably, he has responded maturely to such rumours.

Prior to the defeat to Guingamp, Ranieri told reporters: "In Monaco, we prefer to talk about the future of the coach. 
"It's better than talking about [star striker Radamel] Falcao or [January signing Dimitar] Berbatov," he said.


"I remember in August, we evoked the name of [Andre] Villas-Boas. Before that, there was [Roberto] Mancini.
"After there were names of [Massimiliano] Allegri, [Antonio] Conte. Everyone wants to come. It's good, Diego Simeone today, but I'm here."

Indeed, he is there. And that is where he needs to be next season.
Monaco look set to play in the Champions League next season and Radamel Falcao will be back by then, hopefully stronger and better, and Ranierir deserves to be the one to guide them through their European adventure.
The Italian is a proven winner as he has shown at Juventus and relatively, at Chelsea. His experience will help Monaco settle quickly, and the manner in which he has united the lavish summer buys is testament to his abilities.


The arrival of a new coach in the summer will only help destabilize the squad harmony and rhythm, and that is something Monaco cannot afford at this yound stage of their new and exciting project.
They need change, but not in managerial terms, only in terms of sporting performance.

AS Monaco were heralded as the next big thing in French football following their promotion from Ligue 2 at the end of last season. Bankrolled by Russian billions they engaged in serial spending, signing big names like Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, Eric Abidal and Ricardo Carvalho with the latter two signed on free transfers.


Monaco was supposed to bulldoze their way to the Champions League while challenging PSG for the honours of Ligue 1's big dogs.
So far, they have done a reasonable job of keeping up with PSG at the top of the league table, even though the capital club are a good eight points clear in first place. Monaco's is a hastily assembled squad that has not had time to gel, unlike their rivals in Paris who have been together for three seasons now.

It is expected that they will do better next term.
A potentially debilitating injury to star player and big gun, Radamel Falcao, has not helped their cause although stand-in replacement Dimitar Berbatov is no slouch himself.
But then, the inconsistencies in performances so far must be singled out and criticisd accordingly. On Wednesday night, Monaco allowed Ligue 1 strugglers, Guingamp, to run them ragged in the Coupe de France semi-final tie.


Not for the first time this season, Monaco have been dealt a huge blow by relative minnows but Wednesday's loss is nothing short of embarrassing, especially considering the talents on display. Despite taking the game to extra time, Monaco allowed a side five points from relegation to dump them out of an opportunity to win a trophy this season.
Understandably, the coach must take some of the flak for such tepid performances.

Claudio Ranieri has been faced with rumours of his sack since he brought the principality club back to Ligue 1. But admirably, he has responded maturely to such rumours. Prior to the defeat to Guingamp, Ranieri told reporters: "In Monaco, we prefer to talk about the future of the coach. 
"It's better than talking about [star striker Radamel] Falcao or [January signing Dimitar] Berbatov," he said.
"I remember in August, we evoked the name of [Andre] Villas-Boas. Before that, there was [Roberto] Mancini.
"

After there were names of [Massimiliano] Allegri, [Antonio] Conte. Everyone wants to come. It's good, Diego Simeone today, but I'm here."

Indeed, he is there. And that is where he needs to be next season.
Monaco look set to play in the Champions League next season and Radamel Falcao will be back by then, hopefully stronger and better, and Ranierir deserves to be the one to guide them through their European adventure.
The Italian is a proven winner as he has shown at Juventus and relatively, at Chelsea. His experience will help Monaco settle quickly, and the manner in which he has united the lavish summer buys is testament to his abilities.

The arrival of a new coach in the summer will only help destabilize the squad harmony and rhythm, and that is something Monaco cannot afford at this young stage of their new and exciting project.
They need change, but not in managerial terms, only in terms of sporting performance.

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