Fal­cao-less Monaco bid to put pres­sure on PSG

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PARIS: French cham­pi­ons Monaco will Satur­day with key for­wards Kylian make the tricky trip to Lyon on Fri­day Mbappe and Edin­son Ca­vani boosted with­out red-hot striker Radamel Fal­cao, after help­ing their coun­tries qual­ify for as they look to keep up the pres­sure on the World Cup in mid­week. Ligue 1 lead­ers Paris Saint-Ger­main. World-record sign­ing Ney­mar failed

Leonardo Jardim’s side dropped two to score in Brazil’s fi­nal two World points with a 1-1 home draw against Cup qual­i­fiers, so he will be des­per­ate Mont­pel­lier be­fore the in­ter­na­tional to ter­rorise a Di­jon de­fence which has break to slip three points adrift of PSG al­ready shipped 17 goals in Ligue 1 this at the top of the ta­ble. term.

Colom­bian Fal­cao has been in Mbappe came off the bench as stun­ning form so far this sea­son, France con­firmed their place in Rus­sia scor­ing 12 goals in just eight league with a 2-1 win over Be­larus, while out­ings, but his mid­week ef­forts in Ca­vani scored as Uruguay sealed help­ing his coun­try qual­ify for next sec­ond in South Amer­i­can qual­i­fy­ing, year’s World Cup have ruled him out of be­hind Brazil, by beat­ing Bo­livia 4-2. Fri­day’s game. Unai Emery’s side may have half an

“He played last night, then there eye on Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League are the dif­fer­ent trips (to get back to game against An­der­lecht in Brus­sels, Monaco),” Jardim said on Wed­nes­day. but should have more than enough to

“To try to play against Lyon could con­tinue their un­beaten start to the kill him. He will not play. In fact, his sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions. phys­i­cal con­di­tion doesn’t al­low him to The cap­i­tal-city club are brim­ming play two matches in 48 hours.” with con­fi­dence after a stun­ning start

Fal­cao will play in the World Cup “I con­grat­u­lated him for the Ar­gen­tinian Guido with­out cen­tre-back Marcelo, after the to the cam­paign, which they con­tin­ued fi­nals for the first time in Rus­sia, after qual­i­fi­ca­tion, but my man­age­ment of start up front. Brazil­ian’s bizarre send­ing off against by thrash­ing Bordeaux 6-2 a fort­night ago.set­tin­gupJamesRo­driguez’sgoalasFal­caowon’tchange.I’ll­do­ev­ery­thingLy­on­haves­tart­ed­tostrug­gleinAngers,when­hewas­give­nas­traight Colom­bia booked their place with a 1-1 I can to keep him at his best.” re­cent weeks after a bright start to the red card for ac­ci­den­tally knock­ing a But cen­tre-back Thi­ago Silva is draw in Peru. De­spite Fal­cao’s early goal, Monaco sea­son and are win­less in their last three yel­low card out of the ref­eree’s hand. likely to miss the matches at Di­jon

“He de­serves to play in a World were far from their best in their last matches, in­clud­ing back-to-back 3-3 PSG BRIM­MING WITH and An­der­lecht after suf­fer­ing a thigh Cup, he is a great player of a very high league match against Mont­pel­lier draws against Angers and Di­jon. CON­FI­DENCE mus­cle in­jury while on Brazil duty. qual­ity,” added Jardim. and will have to bounce back with Bruno Ge­n­e­sio’s men will PSG pay a visit to lowly Di­jon on — Reuters Car­rillo likely to be

— Reuters

Peru’s Chris­tian Ramos and Colom­bia’s Ro­damel Fal­cao in ac­tion.

Thomas Mueller

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