The “confident” of Monaco Nübel aims for a hat-trick on a clean sheet

MONTPELLIER v MONACO Sunday, 5:05 p.m. CET (4:05 p.m. GMT)

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By Nübel’s own admission, the first months of life at the Stade Louis II were not easy after signing a two-year contract with Bayern. The Germany Under-21 international’s shaky performances – billed as ‘the next Manuel Neuer’ – were offset by inconsistent performances from his team-mates as Niko Kovac’s side struggled to match of his pre-season hype as potential top-three challengers in the opening games of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats 2021/22 campaign.

However, although Kovac was replaced during the winter break by Philippe Clément, Monaco‘s recent upturn in fortunes continued, with the principality’s side recording four wins and just one loss – against league leaders, Paris Saint-Germain – in their last six high-flying outings. .

Key to that has been a tight defence, which has kept successive clean sheets against Nantes and Clermont this year – and three in their last five league games – to provide a solid platform for success, and Nübel has more that played its role.

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“I haven’t really changed the way I work. I needed to adapt to this new life, a new country, a new league. The first games weren’t at the level I was hoping for, but I had to keep calm and roll up my sleeves,” the 25-year-old said.

“That’s what I did. Week after week I improved and I feel much better now. Today I have confidence in myself, I perform well and I feel good.”

Defenders Benoît Badiashile and Djibril Sidibé miss the game through injury, although it will be the opposite where Clement might have the most concerns given the team failed to score in five of their last six Ligue 1 away matches.

Wissam ben Yedder, who came off the bench to take his tally to 12 league goals with a brace in last weekend’s 4-0 home win over Clermont, could start and is likely to captain the side; Montpellier, however, will miss their usual captain, Téji Savanier, as he begins a three-game ban for the red card he received in the 1-0 defeat at Troyes in midweek.

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“He knows very well that he is penalizing us. He may not be sleeping well, but we need him to rest because when he comes back he can do us a lot of good. We are without our technical leader and our captain, that’s always problematic,” said fellow midfielder Jordan Ferri, who isn’t worried about the team’s dip in form – zero points in two 2022 league games – which has dragged them down. in ninth place.

“Monaco is only the third game of the second half of the season, there is nothing to panic about. We must remain united, calm and confident in what we have achieved so far. We must stop this spiral descending as quickly as possible.” , because despite what one might say, it could cause doubt and put us in difficulty.”

After missing the trip to Troyes following a positive COVID-19 test, coach Olivier Dall’Oglio may have to watch from home again, and in addition to Savanier, he is also without Ambroise Oyongo ( AFCON), and the injured Maxime Estève, while Pedro Mendes remains out of fitness after his ACL injury.

Probable teams

Montpelier: Omlin; Souquet, Cozza, Sakho, Ristic; Ferri, Chotard; Mollet, Wahi, Mavididi; German

Monegasque: Nubel; Aguilar, Disasi, Maripan; Jean Lucas, Tchouaméni; Martins, Diop, Caio Henrique, Jakobs (or Ben Yedder); Volland

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