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AS Monaco climb second in Ligue 1 after beating defending champions Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 at Stade Louis II.
Thomas Tuchel’s men were on an eight-match winning streak but AS Monaco came from 2-0 down and claim a stunning victory late in the game.
It looked like a routine win for the Ligue 1 giants when Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the first-half, but former Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas changed the whole complexion of the game since coming on after the restart.
Kevin Volland halved the deficit seven minutes into the second half and then restored parity after the hour-mark from stretching lay off from Cesc Fabregas.
Seven minutes before the full-time, Abdou Diallo’s was shown red as Niko Kovac’s men were awarded a penalty which was masterfully converted by Fabregas. PSG dominated the majority of the game as Moise Kean and Kylian Mbappe’s goals were disallowed by VAR due to offside.
Former Barcelona and Bayern boss, who committed his future to the Etihad until 2023, once again insisted that he wants Lionel Messi to retire at Camp Nou following rumors linking the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to a January move to the Etihad.
While speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola stated: “Lionel Messi is a Barcelona player. If you want my opinion, as a person, I have huge gratitude for Barcelona and what they have done for me. I want him to finish his career there. As a Barcelona fan, I want Leo to finish there.”
Messi, who was on the verge of leaving Barcelona in the summer, was denied by the intervention of club president Josep Bartomeu, however, the Argentinean is yet to pen down a new deal with LaLiga giants as his contract expires next summer.
The Etihad residents tried their best to lure Messi to the Premier League in the summer but failed due to financial circumstances, but, it seems that Premier League outfit will once again try their luck in January transfer window.
Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud may leave the Blues in January following a strong warning from national team coach Didier Deschamps.
Following an ultimatum handed by Didier Deschamps about his situation in Chelsea, France’s number 9 has set his sights away from Stamford Bridge in January as the former Arsenal striker looks to keep his place in the national team ahead of next year’s Euro Cup.
Giroud, who reached 44 goals with France with a brace against Sweden, is just seven goals shy of Thierry Henry’s all-time record of 51 goals. However, his current situation at Chelsea is not what Deschamps likes as he advised the striker to find some game time.
“Olivier Giroud knows it – the situation he’s in today cannot drag on forever. Before March he will have to find another situation than this one. It is for him to see, he will decide. But in terms of the France team, psychologically and physically for him, he has every interest in having playing time. I hope that by January he will have more playing time.”
Giroud, who led Chelsea’s attack last season, helped Frank Lampard to secure Champions League qualification and a spot in the FA Cup final, but the arrival of Timo Werner has reduced the number of appearances for the 34-year-old, and if the situation remains the same, we might see Giroud playing somewhere else.
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