Monday, 10th February, 2014

Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri is happy to see his evolving side pick up the pieces after Paris Saint-Germain, even if it means missing out on the league title this season.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw yesterday – a similar scoreline to their September clash – with Monaco's point coming thanks to Thiago Silva's own-goal.

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Monaco had Radamel Falcao missing, but winter-signing Dimitar Berbatov made his debut as a second-half substitute, as a change in tactics helped their cause.

And Ranieri, whose side are five points behind PSG, continued to play down Monaco's expectations for this season, quoted by L'Equipe as saying: "It's one thing to be ambitious, another to tell the truth.


"We are under construction and Paris has already mounted its team.

"I hope that PSG will win the Champions League for French football, and leave a few points for Monaco during that time."

Defender Eric Abidal was in agreement with his coach after the match, with Monaco's official position always geared towards making Europe for next season.

"Our objective is to make the Champions League at the end of the season," Abidal continued. "We made ​​two good results against PSG.

"We must remember the good things and rectify the bad ones."

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