Monaco vs Porto – UEFA Champions League This will be Part 2 of Sérgio Conceição’s exam on the European stage.
After a compromising loss at home to Besiktas, the trip to Monaco puts FC Porto on the spot regarding their ability to approach a competition of this level.
From the start, I think that it is certain that they can’t go in with a similar tactical system to the one they have been using in Liga NOS.
The style they use on the domestic competitions exposes them too much on the European context, which will force the Portuguese manager to prepare something else and to have different approaches for the different challenges he faces.
At Vila do Conde, with Otávio playing behind the striker, he has already tested one of the possible ways.
But the reality at Monaco will be completely different. No one expected them to come into this match as favourites. But it is clear that they have, in their roster, some answers to approach this match, eyeing the offensive transitions.
AS Monaco also can’t go into this match very relaxed. Their draw against RB Leipzig, in Germany, is still a positive result, but doesn’t ensure them anything, even more after Besiktas’ win in Portugal.
Their two recent wins, against Strasbourg and Lille, have shown once again the aggressive, dominant and goal-scoring Monaco we knew from last season.
Leonardo Jardim, with different players, explores the variations of a model that ensured they were last season’s sensation. Now their goal is to maintain their spot at the top.
Monaco should have more ball possession, banking on the ease they have moving the ball.
FC Porto must, in first place, know how they will recover the ball from their opponents, exploring the opponents’ displacement very quickly.
Monaco vs FC Porto – Betting Tip and Prediction:
It is an exciting match, because of what is at stake, for the possibilities that can open or close, according to the final result.
A match where, still, in order to get some points, FC Porto will have to defy all odds.
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