Arsenal vs Monaco: Everyone will want to play us, says Leonardo Jardim

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Monaco | Updated: Mar 18, 2015 7:56 PM

Against Arsenal on Tuesday, Monaco scraped into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals rule and their coach Leonardo Jardim...

Arsenal, Arsenal vs Monaco, arsenal FC, arsenal news, monaco vs arsenal, Leonardo Jardim, Champions League, Champions League news, champions league results, Soccer news, sports newsAS Monaco’s coach Leonardo Jardim reacts during their Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match against Arsenal at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco. Reuters

Against Arsenal FC on Tuesday, Monaco scraped into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals rule and their coach Leonardo Jardim reckons everyone will want them in the draw.

The principality side were on the brink of elimination after Arsenal overwhelmed them in their last 16, second leg tie at Louis II to win 2-0 but Jardim said his side deserved to go through after winning the first leg 3-1 at the Emirates.

He added that the teams remaining in the competition had not learned the lesson that Monaco should not be underestimated.
“I am sure that all the teams will want to draw Monaco in the quarter-finals,” he told a news conference.

“The qualification is totally deserved,” Jardim added. “Arsenal benefited from two errors to score.”

The Gunners were the better team, though, scoring through Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey before Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic made several saves as the hosts survived the onslaught.

Arsenal managed seven attempts on target while Monaco’s only shot was off target but the principality side had not conceded three goals at home in more than three years.

“It was the game we expected. Very intense,” said Jardim.

Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia told BeIN Sport: “The first goal put us in a difficult position. Then we sat back and refused to play,”
“We were not the favourites but a game is not lost or won before kickoff.”

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