Pay per head sportsbooks found out that Claudio Ranieri, Monaco manager, called on his Ligue 1 leaders to improve their defence before Saint-Etienne visits his side on Saturday.
Monaco top the division as they stayed undefeated in their season’s first eight games, but pay per head sportsbooks saw that after falling behind they have drawn two of their last three matches 1-1.
Last Sunday, the newly promoted side were held by Reims 1-1 after coming from behind and earning a point a week earlier at champions Paris Saint-Germain, and price per head services can see that Ranieri is eager to see his side be more flexible to not have to fight back in future matches.
“I want the team to be more compact, always. Saturday comes another good team that plays good football, that plays well on the sides,” he said.
“So, there are a lot of players who dribble very well, very quickly. It is important to be focused and play compact.
“We have many young players. So it’s normal that we only think of the attack. But in football, there is the attack and defence.”
Pay per head sportsbooks learned that defender Ricardo Carvalho echoed his thoughts, as the 35-year-old wants to see his side be more stable at the back, and the team’s fans know how important this is.
“Yes you want to get better always, especially away from home it’s important. Don’t concede goals,” the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid man said.
“We are doing well, but in the last match the coach changed for another system, playing with (Joao) Moutinho and (Mounir) Obbadi, just two in the middle.
“But I think when you defend you have to defend as a team, it is our responsibility, everyone has to fight to defend and to be compact.
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“It doesn’t matter if you play 4-4-2 or with two wingers and just two in the middle, everyone has to help a little bit to defend.”