August 5, 2022 Sports Match
The 2022–23 Ligue 1 season begins on Saturday with Strasbourg hosting Monaco at the Stade de la Meinau, setting off what should be yet another successful campaign.
Les Coureurs almost missed gaining a spot in Europe last season, while their rivals have already begun competing in Champions League qualifying.
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Les Coureurs had a memorable 11-game unbeaten streak between February and April and were only three points behind Nice in the race for a Europa Conference League qualifying position, but they were unable to move into the top five due to their inability to turn draws into victories.
Although the Reds did field a second-string XI due to their Community Shield commitments, Stephan’s team finished their preseason with an impressive 3-0 victory over Liverpool, and Monaco have already played in a competitive match this season. Last season, Monaco’s choice of Philippe Clement as the Principality’s head coach did not appear to be paying off, but an incredible late-season comeback ultimately allowed Les Monegasques to edge Rennes to a podium position and qualify for the Champions League.
In the third qualifying round of Europe’s top tournament, Clement’s team was given a challenging first matchup against PSV Eindhoven, and on Tuesday’s first leg, Axel Disasi’s late goal tied it up at 1-1.
The 2021–22 season saw Monaco win nine of their final ten Ligue 1 games. Clement’s team only managed to win two of their seven preseason games, losing to Porto and Southampton before drawing PSV. Prior to their first Ligue 1 match, Clement will almost certainly be thinking about the trip to the Netherlands. While Strasbourg are typically a threat going forward, Monaco has scored at least two goals in each of their last 13 Ligue 1 away games.
Monaco, on the other hand, has come to view Strasbourg as a team to avoid, having only triumphed in one of their previous eight encounters with Les Coureurs, and both of their most recent trips to the Stade de la Meinau having ended in 1-0 losses.
When Strasbourg and Monaco are on the field, goals are never in short supply, and the hosts will try to take advantage of the tired legs in Clement’s squad despite their successful European campaigns.
Since draws were a recurring theme for Stephan’s team last season, we may anticipate a stalemate on the first day for Les Coureurs as they attempt to demonstrate that they are more than one-season marvels.