"Falcao is a great player, a great professional with an always positive attitude," Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said. "A year and a half ago, 80 percent of people thought it was over (for him). Today he is at a high level." The three points move Monaco level on points with early Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who host Lyon on Sunday.
⚽️ ⚽️⚽️⚽️ ⚽️ ⚽️⚽️ ⚽️⚽️Radamel Falcao has scored more goals (9) than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues this season. ? pic.twitter.com/Z0ZTNKyA0Y — BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2017
Monaco were looking to respond after seeing their record 16-match winning run in the league ended by a 4-0 thumping at Nice last week. The principality outfit have actually had a better start to this season than 12 months ago, when they also lost 4-0 at Nice in September before going on to win the title. "It's true (we've had a better start), but it's difficult to compare with other seasons," Jardim added. Jardim gave Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic and winger Rachid Ghezzal their full debuts after close-season moves from Inter Milan and Lyon respectively, in the only two changes from the side that claimed a 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig in their Champions League opener on Wednesday. Saint-Etienne moved up to third as Jonathan Bamba's third goal of the season from the penalty spot saw them edge out lowly Dijon 1-0.
Leonardo Jardim: "I think that Falcao will score more than last year. I'm sure he will." pic.twitter.com/ufolQtAln1September 17, 2017