AS Monaco outclasses Bordeaux in dominant display
AS Monaco have won three consecutive victories in Ligue 1, largely beating the Girondins de Bordeaux 3-0.
Looking dangerous in the future while remaining solid at the back to keep their first clean sheet in the league, it was certainly one of the Monegasques’ most notable performances of the season.
Facing his former team, Aurélien Tchouameni gave Monaco a good start when his strike allowed him to take the advantage 10 minutes before half-time. The home side then doubled their lead with a brilliant team goal which was capped by Aleksandr Golovin just after the break, before Wissam Ben Yedder sealed the deal from the penalty spot in the 64th minute.
Dominating the debates with insistence, the figures confirm it, Monaco improving its opponents in terms of expected goals (1.92 to 0.37), possession (57% to 43%), shots (13 to 3), chances created (12 to 2) and duels won (63 to 47).
Huge collective effort
Making a quality team effort despite changes in the squad, it was important to see Eliot Matazo shine in the midfield and Ismail Jakobs gain more vital experience. Alexander Nubel also cut a more composed silhouette between the posts, as he continued his improved form.
However, there was no doubt that Tchouameni was the man of the match as he was formidable throughout the midfield. As well as scoring a goal, he helped Monaco control possession with his passes, found space intelligently, resolutely defended to break up attacks and read play intelligently to make sure Bordeaux struggled to start. .
Now unbeaten in six games in all competitions before the international break, Niko Kovac praised his troops after the victory. “First of all, I want to say well done to my players and to the team. It is a victory and a deserved blank sheet, in my opinion, ”he insisted.
“Since the start of the season, we have been moving forward step by step. As I said before the match, it’s always better to win before an international break, it gives confidence for the future.
“We had a good first half despite the Bordeaux opportunity at the start, but we confirmed our takeoff in the second half. We had our hands on this game from start to finish so hopefully once again we can show that level of play again after the break.