AS Monaco Halt Paris Saint-Germain's Title Streak At Four

Kylian Mbappe
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20 May, 2017

Key number: 3 Monaco have scored three or more goals in 19 of their 37 top-flight matches this season, finding the net 104 times in total in Ligue 1.

The 18-year-old has caught the attention of world football this season after dazzling for the French side, and it now appears that Jurgen Klopp has joined the race to lure him away. AS Monaco allowed the second least shots per game (9.5), and have given up the second least goals in the league as well (29).

Prince of Monaco Albert II told Canal+: "After an extraordinary season, this final victory at home is the culmination of many things".

A thrilling young team coached by Leonardo Jardim clinched the French Ligue 1 title with a 2-0 win over St Etienne yesterday morning (Singapore time), ending Paris St Germain's four-year stint as champions. The 18-year-old Mbappe's ascension was nothing short of meteoric, and Monaco will do very well to keep him this summer, when some huge offers are expected.

Still, "yet" and "formal" are teasing words, and Liverpool fans could be forgiven for idly daydreaming about a path to the club signing Mbappe along with van Dijk and Keita and a few others for good measure. Mbappe is having a standout season at Monaco, but this is only his first full year at the top level, and there's no guarantee he'll maintain and/or improve his form at a more competitive club.

The French centre forward has already been linked with a host of European giants this year with Manchester United and Real Madrid said to be keen on the striker.

Monaco have sealed the Ligue 1 title after beating Saint-Etienne 2-0 on Wednesday evening.

Germain then played a nice one-two with Mbappe at the end of a stylish team move but missed an easy chance from close range after connecting with a superb cross delivered by his teammate.

Champions League qualification will make it much easier, of course.


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