For the return leg of the Champions League Monaco will receive the Spanish club Villarreal. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 and will be broadcast live on beIN SPORTS 1 at 8:45 pm.
After the first victory for Monaco in Ligue 1 on Saturday at 5:00 pm against the Fc Nantes (1-0) and 2-1 victors in the first leg, played on the lawn of Villarreal at El Madrigal stadium (last Wednesday), the Monaco players are ideally placed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.
Monaco will play his game without his two new recruits. Djibril Sidibé (right side, injured) and Benjamin Mendy (left side, suspended) are absent, Leonardo Jardim will have to change his team to adjust. This is certainly Fabinho, lined up in midfield from the start of the season, which will switch to the right, and Andrea Raggi left. We therefore expect the tenure of the Portuguese European champion Joao Moutinho, alongside Tiemoué Bakayoko the middle.
After letting many owners last weekend, Leonardo Jardim should renew its trust men in the first leg, and entrust the animation offensive lanes to Thomas Lemar left and right Nabil Dirar. In attack, the duo of Valere Germain and Bernardo Silva (in the absence of Falcao still injured) will be responsible for influencing defense Villarreal.
Opposite, Villarreal must always deal with very many absent as the match went. If the yellow submarine sees the return of central defender Victor Ruiz, driven by the team’s new coach Fran Escriba is still deprived of Bakambu, Soldado, Dos Santos, Cheryshev, Bonera, Jaume Costa and Sansone. The Spanish club will have to bet on Pato duo – Borré in attack.
The task is very complicated for the Spanish club as Monaco scored two away goals in the match went. In other words, a 1-0 win would not be enough to qualify for Villarreal, who must score two goals and come out victorious from the Stade Louis 2 for hope reach the group stage.
A qualification Monaco would be a great news for French football and for UEFA’s index would then have three teams in the group stage of the Champions League with Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain.