IRRESISTIBLE MONACO BLOW AWAY MARSEILLE
MONACO kept up their outstanding recent form as Valere Germain scored twice in a 4-0 win over Marseille in the Mediterranean principality yesterday. Gabriel Boschilia opened the scoring from a freekick before Germain added two more of his own as Monaco put the game to bed before halftime, with substitute Guido Carrillo putting the gloss on the result at the death. The result comes four days after Monaco beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to secure qualification for the last 16 as winners of their Champions League group. It was a fifth straight win in all competitions for Monaco and Europe’s most prolific side kept up their remarkable scoring record – they are banging in the goals at an average of just over three per game in Ligue 1 this season. Leonardo Jardim’s men go provisionally top of the table on goal difference from Cote d’Azur rivals Nice, who can move back to the summit when they host Bastia later. Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain can also move level on points with Monaco if they win away to Lyon later. “As coach I’m happy, but the merit goes to the players. They understand, and especially the younger ones, that the difference between the big teams and small ones is the intensity put into matches,” said Portuguese coach Jardim, who played down talk of a first title for the club since 2000.