Monaco ace: We can kill Arsenal with solid defence

Monaco defender Andrea Raggi is confident that his side can beat Arsenal and reach the Champions League quarter-final thanks to their mean record at the back.

The Ligue 1 heavyweights – who only returned to French football’s top tier last season – booked their spot in the last 16 by topping Group C, conceding just one goal in the process against Zenit, Benfica and Bayer Leverkusen.

Further to this, Monaco have had their defensive unit breached just 18 times in 18 games in league action, which is only two greater than leaders Marseille’s own record.

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Arsenal, who qualified second in their own pool, have widely been billed as happy with their draw in Europe’s top club competition, but Raggi believes that his team can beat the Gunners over two legs by doing what they do best – keeping the ball out of their net:

“It will be a great match,” he is quoted by The Express. “It’s good to start at the Emirates and then play back at home where I am convinced we have a possibility of winning.

“The first thing is concentration, drive and (to play) with all the ingredients that we put in our other Champions League games this season.

“We had one of the best defences in the group stage.

“We will tighten up to have a good defence. We have to be very focused, play with humility and character.”


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