Monaco v Marseille ‘always a big game’: Paul Mitchell’s ASM on podium ahead of World Cup break

AS Monaco host Olympique de Marseille on Sunday in the Ligue 1 final before everyone breaks out for the World Cup and it’s a chance for the hosts to break through Francesca first four. The two teams are level on 27 points, so Les Monegasques could leapfrog OM with a win and go into the winter break fourth or higher, depending on Stade Rennais’ result at home. Toulouse on Saturday.

ASM sporting director Paul Mitchell spoke to CBS Sports ahead of what is one of the brightest games on the Championnat calendar following qualification for the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.

“Marseille is always a big game,” said the Englishman. “That’s one thing I’ve learned since I’ve been here. OM are a huge club in France and they have a long history, like us, as a competitive side. We narrowly missed out on second place to them last year, so we’ll be We’re in good form and last week was a big one with qualification to the next stage of the Europa League as well as a fantastic performance in a difficult place like Toulouse.

“Marseille and Monaco, two heavyweight clubs in a big clash on Sunday night under the lights — I can’t wait. In terms of being on track, someone gave me a stat the other day as I like my data , and this is our best start to a campaign in five Ligue 1 seasons. We are on a good track and in the last two years we have come out very strongly from the turn of January. We are closer to the podium, just one point away Wren on the 27th so it would be nice to finish off a really strong run of games and performances. However, that doesn’t take away from a strong first half of the season.”

Monaco and Marseille have experienced contrasting fortunes so far this season, with the principality outfit getting off to a slow start as Les Phoceens moved up the Ligue 1 table only for the roles to be reversed with ASM now in a position to usurp a team that flag OM in the race for a UEFA Champions League Place.

“We knew it was going to be a tough start and that we were going to be up against six or seven of last season’s best teams at home,” admitted Mitchell. “It was as tough as it could be, and we also had the play-offs with PSV, so the team showed a lot of maturity to overcome it — especially when you think Shakhtar Donetsk the last year. We struggled to find form, focus and balance between Europe and domestic, which we did much better this time. Qualifying for the knockout rounds, enjoying our best start for five years, still being the youngest team in France — there are many congratulations for this break.”

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How to watch and odds

  • Date: Sunday, November 13 | Year: 2:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Stade Louis II — Fontvieille, Monaco
  • TV: beIN Sports | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try free)
  • Chance: ASM +125; Draw +250; OM +200 (via Caesars Sportsbook)


Monaco: The big news for Philippe Clement’s men ahead of the game was By Yusuf Fofana invitation to France’s World Cup squad Catarrh alongside the former Monegasque star Aurelien Tchouameni with Mitchell delighted for both midfielders following their development during his time at the Ligue 1 side.

“We are extremely proud and delighted for him,” said Fofana’s Mitchell. “I’ve been lucky enough to watch two of this upcoming World Cup squad grow and develop during my time here. To see how far both Youssouf and Aurelien have come has been amazing. Firstly, congratulations to both as individuals, but also in the work that has gone on tirelessly behind the scenes, in changing strategy, as well as in changing philosophy and work within the club over the last two and a half years. Many people can be proud of this work combined with the result that they are two fantastic options for the French National Team at this World Cup.”

Benoit Badiashilewho was suspended at the same time as Fofana last month, finally missed Didier Deschamps’ traveling party and returned from suspension this weekend with Myron Boadu’s the knee is the main absentee for the hosts.

Mitchell also spoke about the recent loss of Lawrence Stewart Chelsea as technical director, which the former Red Bull captain likened to losing a player: “Similar to Youssef, I’m sitting here incredibly proud,” Mitchell told CBS Sports. “My and the chairman’s commitment has not only been to grow players, but also to grow people. I think Lawrence exemplifies what we are trying to do at Monaco — grow, challenge and develop great professionals as well as great players. The stability and consistency we now have in our decision-making on and off the pitch really helps in that regard.

“Lawrence has a bittersweet blessing from us. Bittersweet that we’re losing a great professional who is highly regarded and has done a great job in the recruiting, player development and scouting aspects of our business. Sweet that, Like anyone else in the development industry, we have developed a professional to the quality levels that should now be able to go to one of the biggest organizations in the world. Everyone should be proud of that moment as we do with the players.”

Marseille: As for OM, five defeats from the last eight in all competitions with just two wins is not good enough and Igor Tudor is now under fire. Home win Olympic Lyon The last time brought some respite, but a poor result here would raise the same questions that have been asked of the Croatian of late. Nuno Tavares must start, but is one reservation away from banning while Eric Bailey continues to struggle with a leg problem. Matteo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout have been called up for the World Cup.


This should be a great way to end Ligue 1 until after the Qatar break. ASM wants to break into the top four with a win, while OM cannot afford to lose. There’s a particular focus on the midfield in this one, given that Fofana, Gueduzi and Veretou are all in Les Bleus’ traveling party. This is the area of ​​the field where this game will be won and lost. Choose: Monaco 2, Marseille 1.

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