Falcao: 'Monaco must keep battling'
AS Monaco captain Radamel Falcao wants the reigning Ligue 1 Conforama champions to forget about revenge and focus on a potentially vital three points when they face Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.
OL have already beaten Monaco twice this season, winning their league game 3-2 in Lyon in Week 9 while also triumphing by the same score when the pair met in the Coupe de France Round of 32 in the principality late last month.
Lyon's stunning form that was rudely interrupted by Girondins de Bordeaux last weekend has seen them move into pole position behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain in what promises to be a keenly contested race for France's second automatic UEFA Champions League group stage qualifying place.
But though Monaco are fourth, also behind third-placed Olympique de Marseille, they are just a point adrift of their Week 24 opponents.
"It's not a revenge match. It's an opportunity to maintain a good standards and keep our confidence high, and there is also the struggle for second," Falcao told media. "The three teams will battle to the end. Beating Lyon could be a demonstration of our qualities, but if the result isn't positive, we mustn't give up, and must keep fighting to the end."
WATCH: Lyon defeat Monaco in Week 9
The rest of Leonardo Jardim's squad can look to their star striker for inspiration with Falcao — at 31 — producing some of the best football of his career after a dip in form.
The Colombia international's experience and self-belief meant he did not doubt when he failed to score in three competitive outings, and was rewarded with both goals in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final defeat of Montpellier Hérault SC in midweek.
"Forwards can't score in every game. I had gone three games without scoring but that has happened many times in my career," said the former Porto and Atletico Madrid forward, whose tally of 16 league goals this season is bettered only by Paris Saint-Germain duo Edinson Cavani and Neymar Jr.
"With my experience, I just have to stay calm and confident, because the goals always end up coming."