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    Evian Thonon


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Stade Louis II, Monaco

Attendance: 11284

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AS Monaco

  • Valere Germain 41'
  • Emmanuel Riviere 57'

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AS Monaco v Marseille: Preview

PA Sport

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has called for a positive reaction when his team visit Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday following their midweek Coupe de France elimination.

Mandanda had strong words after the 5-4 defeat at Nice, saying his side had conceded goals ``like children'' and that it had been ``infuriating and humiliating'' to lose to such a team.

He also warned that, if they did not raise their game at the weekend, Monaco would score ``much more'' than five.

The 28-year-old, who will captain the side at the Stade Louis II on Sunday, said at a pre-match press conference: ``After the game, I was torn between feelings of anger and frustration. That's it. I spoke of humiliation. But I said those words because we had a bad, very bad game.

``Now we must move on, focus and show another face. What I can say is that we have desire, but above all we need to show a different mindset.

``We work to find the right settings, to fix what does not work. Everyone knows what to do. One thing is certain - we must stand together if we want to achieve something in Monaco.''

Marseille head into the weekend fifth in the standings - but 18 points behind leaders Paris St Germain and 13 adrift of their hosts, albeit with a game in hand on the leading pair.

OM caretaker head coach Jose Anigo cancelled a press conference on Friday after graffiti aimed at him and referring to the killing of his son was daubed outside the club's training ground.

The tags 'Why Adri and not Jose?' and 'Anigo Mafia' were on the wall outside the Robert Louis-Dreyfus training base when staff arrived on Friday.

While Marseille's build-up to the game has been far from ideal, Monaco too suffered a blow in midweek despite advancing to the last 16 of the Coupe de France with a 3-0 win over Monts d'Or Azergues, as prolific forward Radamel Falcao suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in his left knee which has left him facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

``Falcao gives us a lot of things,'' coach Claudio Ranieri said at his pre-match press conference. ``It is very hard to lose him. More importantly, it's a huge blow to world football. I hope for him that he can play in the World Cup.

``As far as we are concerned, we have to think how to find the best solution for the team.

``A new season starts for us now, and we are all focused on the visit of Marseille.

``The players are ready. I hope we will play a good match for Radamel.''

Ranieri has told his second-placed side not to take OM lightly, despite having enjoyed a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture at the Stade Velodrome on September 1.

``I am very wary because Marseille remain a very good team,'' the Italian added.

``The first meeting was a good time for us, but we have reviewed the game with the players and also looked at every opportunity OM created. This will be a very difficult game, but we must win to regain confidence, because in recent games we have shown our true colours.''


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