CSKA need to make home comforts count against Monaco

6 Oct

A home defeat on matchday two was a disappointing way for PFC CSKA Moskva to follow their promising start to UEFA Champions League Group E, and they will be looking for a positive outcome when they host AS Monaco FC on matchday three.

• It is the first competitive meeting between the sides.

Match background

• The Russians recovered a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the start of their tenth group stage campaign. They were unable to build on that, however, losing 1-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur FC in their second fixture.

• CSKA have lost their last two home games in the UEFA Champions League and have won only one of the last nine at home in the competition proper.

• They have also lost their last two home games against French visitors, going down 2-0 against LOSC Lille in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage and 2-1 against Olympique de Marseille in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup group stage.

• The previous season they beat AJ Auxerre 4-0 at home in the quarter-final of the same competition to set up a 4-2 aggregate success en route to lifting the trophy.

• Last season Leonid Slutski’s side finished bottom of Group B with four points.

• Third in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco have made four previous trips to Russia in European competition, losing on two occasions and drawing two. In the group stage two years ago they held FC Zenit 0-0.

• This season, the French side got their seventh group stage campaign off to a great start with a 2-1 win at Tottenham, and then snatched an added-time equaliser to draw 1-1 at Leverkusen.

• Monaco, returning to the UEFA Champions League after a season’s absence, came through two qualifying rounds to reach the group stage, beating Fenerbahçe SK (4-3 on aggregate) and Villarreal CF (3-1 agg).

• On their last participation, in 2014/15, they reached the quarter-finals, going out to eventual runners-up Juventus 1-0 on aggregate. They won away games at Leverkusen and Arsenal FC, losing at SL Benfica and Juventus in addition to the Zenit draw.

Coach and player links
• Lacina Traoré joined CSKA on loan from Monaco in the summer. The French club had signed him from another Russian side, FC Anji, in 2014.

• João Moutinho played for Sporting Clube de Portugal when they were beaten by CSKA in the 2005 UEFA Cup final. Igor Akinfeev, Vasili Berezutski, Aleksei Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevich helped the Russian side to their 3-1 victory.


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