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Jardim Blames Number Of Games For Monaco Troubles

AS Monaco were defeated by Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup quarter-final in midweek, with the coach arguing after the match that the volume of matches the team are playing is one reason for their difficulties.

Leonardo Jardim has argued that his side AS Monaco are struggling due to the number of games the team are having to play and the relentless nature of the side’s schedule.

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Monaco fell 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening, with goals from David Luiz and Edinson Cavani ensuring that the club of the principality were eliminated from the French Cup.

Jardim’s side are still alive in the Champions League, however, where they hold a 3-1 first-leg advantage over Arsenal, and are still chasing a European place in Ligue 1.

However, the coach has admitted that his squad are finding it tough to contest with so many matches.

“My team has played more than 40 matches this season and there are still important games to come,” Jardim began, as reported by Ligue1.com.

“I had to give the young players a chance and hold back others because it is very difficult to play so many games in quick succession. But I believe in my players.

“Evian, who we go to on Saturday, also played [on Wednesday night vs. Lorient] but they have had far fewer matches than us.”

Monaco currently sit in fourth place in Ligue 1, having accrued 44 points from their opening 26 matches. They are six points behind second-placed Marseille with a game in hand.

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