Champions League

In-form Monaco ready for Arsenal

2015-03-16 14:48
Joao Moutinho (AFP)

London - Monaco go into the last 16 tie with a good win behind them, having thumped Bastia 3-0 at home on Friday.

That win left them in fourth place behind Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille with 10 games to go until the end of the season.

Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho has been instrumental in recent successes and he believes that the Champions League format suits Monaco better than the stuffiness of Ligue 1 play.

"We can show our best qualities against the top teams," he said.

"Play in the L1 is very closed, very aggressive. Some teams are good technically, but others rely on the physical side, on defending and counter-attacks. It's hard to find spaces and you have to come up with different tactics to get the wins.

"No-one believed in us (in the Champions League) and yet we have really played well. We deserve to be where we are.

"I have full confidence in our side, despite our lack of experience. With the team spirit we have we can go even further and why not a repeat of Monaco and Porto in 2004."

That was a reference to the last time that Monaco made it past the last 16 stage in the Champions League.

With Didier Deschamps as coach, they went all the way to the final on that occasion before losing to a Porto side managed by Jose Mourinho.

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