The Champions League qualifiers are really starting to heat up, with European regulars Monaco and PSV now entering the third round. Ruud van Nistelrooy knows a thing or two about the competition from his playing days so will be itching to guide his club there — and they enter this showdown in exquisite form, having recently put Ajax to the sword in a 5-3 victory to claim the 2022 Johan Cruyff Shield.
Monaco, meanwhile, secured a second successive third-placed finish in Ligue 1 last campaign and will have another bite at the Champions League cherry this summer. The principality club fell short in the play-offs last term — losing on aggregate to Shakhtar Donetsk — so this tie represents a chance for redemption and making the competition’s final qualifying phase again.
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Monaco vs PSV match stats
Guus Til enters this match riding the crest of a wave having recently claimed the match ball against Ajax on his debut. It was a frantic, eight-goal thriller in Amsterdam as PSV beat the capital club 5-3 to claim the Dutch equivalent of a domestic Super Cup, and Til was formidable. In just 37 minutes — either side of half-time — the summer signing bagged a hat-trick, generating some much-needed momentum heading into this crucial tie.
For Monaco, Wissam Ben Yedder will be the man they turn to to provide the goods in the final third. The 31-year-old sharpshooter finished second in last season’s Ligue 1 ‘Golden Boot’ race, with only Kylian Mbappe (28) bagging more goals than his tally of 25. Such a prolific, cut-throat approach in the final third will serve him well against Walter Benitez, whom he scored against last season during the Argentine’s spell for Nice.
PSV and Monaco most recently met in the group stages of last season’s Europa League. In the principality, PSV walked away with a respectable point in a goalless draw, while Monaco claimed the spoils on Dutch soil, winning 2-1 through goals from former AZ forward Myron Boadu and Sofiane Diop.