• FT

    Monaco

    4

    Montpellier

    1

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    Lorient

    2

    Nantes

    1

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    PSG

    1

    AC Ajaccio

    1

FRENCH LIGUE 1

Stade Louis II, Monaco

Attendance: 14753

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AS Monaco

  • Radamel Falcao 18' PEN
  • Emmanuel Riviere 44'
  • Emmanuel Riviere 57'
  • Emmanuel Riviere 80'

4 - 1

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Montpellier

  • Victor Hugo Montano 24'

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Monaco may still be in the market for more experienced signings before the transfer window closes but coach Claudio Ranieri insists he will not ignore youth.

The Italian is still hoping to find a goalkeeper for the newly-promoted side and has not ruled out further additions.

But while he has invested a huge amount in proven goalscorer Radamel Falcao he is also keen to nurture some of his younger players.

``The philosophy of the club is clear. We took Falcao, a great champion, but also young people like Lucas Ocampos last season and James Rodriguez this year,'' he said.

``We have this mix of experience and youth and the goal is to mature the young people that we have.

``Monaco has a very good training centre and it is for me to determine the right time to play them.''

The club also spent 25 million euros on 26-year-old Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho but he is set to sit out a second successive Ligue 1 match with a thigh problem.

``Hopefully, he'll be available next weekend.''

On his continuing quest for further additions, Ranieri added: ``We need a goalkeeper (they have been linked with Sampdoria's Argentinian Sergio Romero) and I hope we'll strike a deal but nothing is done yet.

``We are in the transfer market so there will perhaps be more arrivals. I want Fernando (from Porto) but I do not think it will happen. It is too expensive.''

Monaco host former champions Montpellier tomorrow having opened up with a 2-0 win over Bordeaux, while their opponents held defending champions Paris St Germain to a draw last weekend.

``I was impressed by Montpellier against Paris. Impressed by the team, the motivation, the organisation,'' he added.

``This is very good and we really studied their game to explain to the players''.

Montpellier defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari is suspended after receiving a two-match ban following his red card on the opening weekend.

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