Monaco claim French title

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

"I was labeled the same way when I made my debut for Lyon's as a 17-year-old, I scored my first Champions League goal and then became Ligue 1's leading scorer in 2008".

How often do you here of clubs willing to shell out in excess of £60-70 million to acquire the services of an 18-year-old? He knows if he stays with Monaco, he will play all the time.

Rennes held Monaco to a draw in this fixture last season and we think they could get a result again.

A thrilling young team coached by Leonardo Jardim clinched the French Ligue 1 title with a 2-0 win over St Etienne yesterday morning (Singapore time), ending Paris St Germain's four-year stint as champions.

Over the weekend, Ex-Red Vladimir Smicer urged Liverpool to break the bank and sign Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, and it appears that Jurgen Klopp is trying to do exactly that.

There was no catching France's young player of the year Mbappe as he raced onto Radamel Falcao's through-ball.

Monaco has had a fantastic season across all competitions this year, making it to the semifinals in the UEFA Champions League as well.

Mbappe has been linked with various clubs in recent months - including Manchester United and Real Madrid - but Vasilyev insists that it is the club's "priority" to hang onto their prospect.

Given the way in which Paris romped to the title last season, wrapping it up in early March, Monaco's championship triumph is enormously refreshing. They beat Monaco 4-1 in the French League Cup final in April and also ousted them from the French Cup semi-finals, their 5-0 victory coming against a much-changed principality side. Falcao was arguably Monaco's key player this season, certainly for his goals - 21 in just 29 league games - but also by setting an example.

Four players from that Ligue 2 winning team are in Monaco's current title-winning squad: Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, defender Andrea Raggi, winger Nabil Dirar and forward Germain.

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