Monaco ready for Ligue 1 return
By Football News
Monaco head coach Claudio Ranieri says his side are ready to hit the ground running in the upcoming Ligue 1 season after disposing of Tottenham.
Ranieri's side led 3-0 early in the second half in Monaco after strikes from Lucas Ocampos and Falcao just after the resumption were added to Andrea Raggi's first-half goal setting up a comfortable 5-2 win over Tottenham.
The club from the principality has splurged on new recruits in the off-season following their promotion to France's top flight, with big money signings such as Radamel Falcao and Joao Moutinho beginning to settle after difficult starts.
"He (Moutinho) was working very well," Ranieri said after the friendly on Saturday.
"I thought he would be tired but he was not.
"He played very well with Falcao close to him.
"The gap with the midfield was good.
"When we were losing the ball, the team played well, staying together in their position which is good."
With the new French league season only days away, Ranieri says they are in a good position to challenge for the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 title.
"As I said, I know that Tottenham hasn't played with all their players but it is not important," Ranieri said.
"I wanted to see something and I am very satisfied.
"We still have one week to train and then a new season will start in Ligue 1."
The victory against Tottenham was Monaco's third pre-season win in a row but Ranieri knows it will mean nothing if they do not start well in their competitive fixtures.
"I am very satisfied but I do know that the most important thing is the Ligue 1," Ranieri said.
"I am satisfied because all the players are training well and are very strong. I know they will perform well in order to achieve the most important thing."