In the 32nd round of the French Champions Cup, MONACO convincingly defeated second-ranked Dijon, which was only a theoretical champion.
The first goal was in the 49th minute. Steve Jovetić scored. After visiting goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe defended Wissam Ben Yedder’s penalty, he took the blocked ball.
It was Ben Yedder who raised the lead to 2-0 in the 63rd minute, and then determined the final score from a penalty kick one minute before the end of the game.
Niko Kovač’s team kept the game, winning for the third time in a row, and took part in another game. Looking for a place to lead to the UEFA Champions League next season.
In the first six rounds of the Monaco game, it was 4 points less than the leading Lille, 4 points more than Lyon, and 1 game more than Lyon, leading LP for the last time.
The Principality was ecstatic. On the eve of this season, no one expected Monaco to achieve such a result, but Kovac did a miracle. After defeating Dijon, fans left signs on the stadium saying that he must attack the championship. The reporter asked the former Croatian coach to comment on the news, and his response surprised those reporters who were expecting Kovac’s rhetoric. The blacksmith lay firmly on the ground.
“I saw it. This is a great banner. It’s great to feel the support of fans. Like I said, we still have to score 6 points to get fourth. Today, it is meaningless to talk about the title, because we have no destiny. We no longer fight PSG or Lille, now we must focus on our game. We will see later whether we can do better than fourth place. We want to stay in the game,” Kovac said, adding:
”I know the fans because football is an emotional sport. However, as a coach, I must try to put aside my emotions and continue to lead the team in the same direction. We are on the right track. The club is doing very well and we must continue to move forward step by step,” Kovac concluded.