Tunisian defender Aymen Abdennour insists that AS Monaco must move on from their Champions League victory over Arsenal and concentrate on Ligue 1.
The Club of the Principality hardly qualified in style, but they managed to advance to the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier continental club competition with a 3-3 aggregate triumph over Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.
Having won the first leg 3-1, Monaco wilted at home—their notable defence not living up to the billing—and were 2-0 down with over ten minutes to play.
However, the Londoners were unable to find the goal they needed and Leonardo Jardim’s side advanced to the final eight.
Monaco are back in action this weekend, when they travel to Stade de Reims on Sunday afternoon.
“Now, we need to turn the page and concentrate on the next match in the championship,” demanded Abdennour, speaking to France Football, “to be able to play in the Champions League again next year.”
The defender did argue, however, that his side were right to be proud of their aggregate triumph over the Premier League side.
“For me, Arsenal are among the best teams in the world, so I think that our qualification is deserved considering the team we played against.”
Heading into this weekend’s match, Jardim’s outfit sit fourth in the Ligue 1 table, four points behind third place Olympique de Marseille with a game in hand.