Monaco’s eighth Ligue 1 title was all the more special as it was against the odds, according to the club’s coach
Leonardo Jardim believes Monaco’s first Ligue 1 title since 2000 was even more special as they were not favourites to claim the crown.
Paris Saint-Germain had won four successive Ligue 1 trophies but the French champions were deposed by Jardim’s men after a 2-0 victory over Saint-Etienne at Stade Louis II on Wednesday.
Kylian Mbappe’s 15th Ligue 1 goal of the season put Monaco on track after 19 minutes and Valere Germain wrapped up the silverware by tapping in with the last kick of the game.
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PSG had been widely expected to maintain their era of dominance and Jardim hailed his team’s achievement as the highlight of his coaching career.
“Winning a championship in a team that is not a favourite is a great trophy,” Jardim told Canal+.
“This is the most important trophy of my life as a coach. We have worked a lot for 11 months.
“But the best thing comes with this title. Monaco are champions, this is worth four titles for Paris.”
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Winning the Ligue 1 title for the eighth time caps a stunning rise for Monaco, who were playing in France’s second tier five seasons ago.
Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insisted the club would hold on to star names including Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar.
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“Monaco has been waiting 17 years for this title,” Vasilyev told Canal+. “It is exceptional. Good work always pays off.
“We were in Ligue 2 four years ago. I did not imagine that we could get there in such a short time.
“We’re going to keep the players.”