Jardim: Attacking is our DNA

AS Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim says the Ligue 1 side will stick to their attacking principals ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

Les Monégasques have scored a staggering 133 goals in 52 games across all competitions this season and will now welcome captain Radamel Falcao back into the starting XI against the Bundesliga side.

The experienced Colombian, who scored 25 goals this season, is set to play a starring role alongside wonderkid Kyliian Mbappe. 

The 18-year-old stole the headlines during their last-16 triumph over English Premier League side Manchester City with two crucial goals over the two legs.

However, in the defensive aspect, Jardim will be without influential right-back Djibril Sidibé, who’s ruled out due to appendicitis. While holding midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko is suspended. 

“We need to play with our DNA, play our usual game going forward and then defensively watch out for the quality and pace of their attackers,” Jardim told reporters.

“The return of Falcao means the return of quality and experience. We saw that in other matches in the Champions League this season.

“But the most important thing is the squad and we have two or three little problems on top of the absences of Bakayoko and Sidibé.

“It is not easy playing every three days. How many times has a team reached the quarter-finals having started in the third qualifying round and then play-offs.

“It is the first time, no? That adds up to a lot of matches. We have played more than anyone else in Europe. It is not easy.”

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