With the team’s form in freefall and their spot in Europe next season increasingly at risk, tensions at Monaco look to be at a season-high – and Wissam Ben Yedder’s suspension for today’s match against Angers could fan those flames.
According to L’Équipe, the club captain has been dropped by Philippe Clement for not showing up to the team’s tactical meeting before yesterday’s training session. The French international, whose future at the club remains uncertain, was nevertheless present at the training session afterwards. Kevin Volland is expected to take his place, with Eliesse Ben Seghir lining up behind the German.
Given the team’s poor form – a 3-0 loss to Lens and then a 4-0 defeat against Montpellier last week – their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are all but dashed. Given Rennes and Lille both lost yesterday, fourth place is not at immediate risk for Clement’s men. While this afternoon’s match against the league’s bottom-placed side – whose relegation is already mathematically confirmed – appears as the ideal fixture to regain form, having their top scorer (17 goals) and captain suspended for disciplinary reasons emphasises that all is not well in the Principality right now.
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin