Just two and a half years ago, Monaco were standing on the mountaintop of French football, having just won their first Ligue 1 title since the 1999-2000 season. The club was praised for reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, and a young teenage Parisian named Kylian Mbappé was hoisting an individual trophy of his own in the form of the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.
Fast forward to today, and the club is in a very different state. Mbappé, along with many of the other young talents that graced the Stade Louis II from that title-winning campaign, has moved on to a new club. The team is not competing in any European tournament this season after barely surviving the threat of relegation last spring, and the average age of the starting eleven, 26.1 years old, is far more level with the rest of the country.
However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t any signs of potential success this season. Despite currently sitting in 14th place on the league table, Monaco can claim to have, specifically as of late, one of the best attacks in France. Through an overabundance of player signings the last three years (the club bought eleven attacking players over the course of that span) there is now an overall sustainable attack that can lead this team throughout the season. This tactical analysis will cover the players, tactics, and movements of Monaco’s front line.
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