The PSG presents the new head of Monaco, Moreno, with the best possible start
Paris, January 10 (AFP) Monaco offered Robert Moreno the opportunity to recover after his brief period as coach of Spain, but the 42-year-old could not have received a tougher introduction to Ligue 1.
The first game of Moreno in charge of the league arrives on Sunday next to Paris Saint-Germain ominously, and the two teams will meet again three days later in a reorganized arrangement.
The new coach of Monaco was appointed at the end of December with a contract until June 2022 after Leonardo Jardim was fired for the second time in 15 months.
It was a surprising move for a man who has never run a club at the highest level and whose short period as coach of Spain ended in November when he was forced to make way for Luis Regreso.
I have been training for 28 years. My dream has always been to be number one. For me, what happened in recent weeks is in the past, said Moreno, former assistant of Luis Enrique in Rome, Celta Vigo and Barcelona. as well as to Spain, in its presentation.
It won't change much for me. In the nine years I spent working as an assistant in professional clubs, I was always part of the decision-making process with high-level teams. The only difference is that the visible face was someone else.
Moreno's first game with his new team was a 2-1 victory in the French Cup over Reims, an ideal start after the bitter way of his departure from Spain.
He had been promoted to the number one role when Luis Enrique resigned to take care of his daughter, Xana, who died in August of cancer.
Moreno, who oversaw Spain's qualification for Euro 2020, had initially indicated that he would resign if his old friend wanted to return, but after not doing so, Luis Enrique described him as disloyal.
With that episode now behind him, Moreno, who worked in a department store and a bank before starting training, is eager to take advantage of this opportunity with a team whose goal is to ensure the qualification of the Champions League.
Jardim was fired with Monaco seventh in Ligue 1, even though his last game was a 5-1 demolition of Lille, his sixth straight victory in the local league.
The 2017 champions have been catching up since they couldn't win any of their first six games this season, but only PSG and Marseille have accumulated more points since then.
However, this is not a good time to face PSG, which has seven points ahead at the top and has won its last eight games, scoring 34 goals in the process.
One to see: Moussa Dembele
There is pressure on Dembele to deliver Lyon in the second half of the season, as the low-performance team recently lost to Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide for serious knee injuries.
The 23-year-old former Celtic player scored his 13th goal of the season in the quarterfinal victory of the Lyon League Cup over Brest midweek.
It is reportedly the topic of interest of the Premier League clubs with Chelsea linked to an offer by the player in January, but Lyon has already publicly stated that Dembele is not for sale.
Now they need the eave to bring them to the table, starting with Saturday's trip to Bordeaux.
56 - The combined goals are added this season of the PSG's 'Fantastic Four' attack, consisting of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi. The latter scored a hat-trick against Saint-Etienne in the League Cup midweek.
10 - The number of consecutive losses in all competitions suffered by the lower club of Ligue 1, Toulouse.
5 - Rennes has won his last five league games before Friday's meeting with Marseille.
Fixtures (GMT times)
Friday: Rennes v Marseille (1945)
Saturday: Bordeaux v Lyon (1630), Amiens v Montpellier, Angers v Nice, Metz v Strasbourg, Nimes v Reims, Toulouse v Brest (all 1900) Sunday: Saint-Etienne v Nantes (1400), Dijon v Lille (1600), Paris Saint-Germain v Monaco (2000) (AFP) APA APA