Leipzig's Champions League adventure continues. Die Roten Bullen face Monaco away from home on Tuesday (20:45 CET). It is the fourth game in the UCL group stages and the second time the two sides are playing each other. The first game ended 1-1. We previewed what RBL will be coming up against in tomorrow's crunch game.
The 2017/18 Season so far
Monaco are second in the Ligue 1 with nine wins, two draws and two defeats after 13 matchdays. Again, it is Monaco and Paris Saint Germain who are fighting at the top of the table. PSG, in first, are leading their rivals by six points. Ramadel Falcao is Monaco's top-scorer with 14 league goals.
Last season's big triumph
Monaco won the league title in buoyant fashion last year. Their rampant form carried them eight points clear of PSG at the top of the Ligue 1 with the youngest squad in the league (22.2 years).
Monaco also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, knocking out the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City on the way. Monaco narrowly lost out to Juventus in the semis.
Champions League 2016/17
Monaco lie bottom of Group G, two points behind Die Roten Bullen. In both teams' first UCL game of the season, an Emil Forsberg goal was cancelled out by Youri Tielemanns in a 1-1 draw.
Leipzig then lost their next two Champions League games against FC Porto (0-3) and Besiktas (1-2), before then picking up a point in the Besiktas home game (1-1). Monaco must pick up at least one point against Leipzig to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Monaco go into the UCL game against Leipzig with three players missing. Thomas Lemar has been out since the beginning of November with a shoulder injury; he's projected to be out for the rest of the month.
Djibril Sidibe is still suffering from an inflammation of the pubic bone, which has kept him out since October. Falcao will probably also miss the Leipzig game. He has a thigh injury.
Monaco enjoy the support of a royal household. Monaco's ruler, Prince Albert II, is one of the club's most famous supporters. He follows the home games from the royal box in the Stade Louis II.
Monaco are a source for some of France's greatest footballing talents. Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thurham, Youri Djorkaeff, Thierry Henry or David Trezeguet all began their careers at Monaco.
Tuesday's clash against Monaco is by no means a novelty for one of our players. Our number 29, Jean-Kevin Augustin has played Monaco three times under the PSG colours. Two of those ended in a win, one in a draw. The striker even set up the opening goal for Lucas Moura in the 2016/17 season as PSG beat Monaco in the cup quarter-finals.