Twin disappointments for French clubs in Europe as Monaco and Lyon lose

Twin disappointments for the last two remaining French clubs in European competition as AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais lost the first leg of their respective competition’s semi-finals. Monaco went down 2-0 at home to Italian champions Juventus, with Gonzalo Higuain doing the damage for the visitors.

Lyon’s chances of making it to their first ever European final also look slim after a 4-1 loss to Ajax Amsterdam. Mathieu Valbuena’s away goal gives them a glimmer of hope, but few would bet against Ajax reaching their first final since 1996 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais next week. Continue reading

Monaco keep French flag flying high in Europe

Ligue 1’s only representatives left in Europe, AS Monaco, stayed on course for a spot in the last four after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 at the Westfalenstadion.

The two German teams- Bayern and Dortmund were the only CL quarterfinalists hosting the first leg to lose, while Atleti and Juve both made home advantage count against Leicester and Barcelona respectively Continue reading

Domestic treble for Parisians?- Unai Emery’s side win League Cup with 4-1 win over Monaco

Paris Saint-Germain may have bowed out of the Champions League following a shock loss in the second leg at the Nou Camp, but Unai Emery’s side still remain on course for a domestic treble after hammering AS Monaco 4-1 in the Coupe de la Ligue final. Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria netted for the Parisians while Thomas Lemar was Monaco’s solitary scorer on the evening Continue reading

United to trigger Griezmann release clause

Manchester United are contemplating triggering Antoine Griezmann’s 85 million pound release clause at the end of the season. All players in Spain are required to have a release clause as per Spanish law and Griezmann is understood to be one of United’s main targets, although Romelu Lukaku and Kylian Mbappe are also said to be on manager Jose Mourinho’s radar. Continue reading