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Moreno: 'Monaco more than Slimani and Ben Yedder'

Publish on 15/02/2020 at 12h32 - I. HOLYMAN


Robert Moreno hailed his Monaco team's "best performance yet" as they moved to within three points of the top three, but insisted there is more to his side than its potent attacking threat.

Islam Slimani's second-half goal was enough for Monaco to beat Montpellier at the Stade Louis II on Friday to move ahead of their opponents and into fifth place, just a win shy of third-placed Stade Rennais FC. 


The Algeria international's strike means he has been involved in 17 of Monaco's 41 league goals, while the league's leading scorer, Wissam ben Yedder, has featured in 21. 


Monaco's last six league goals have been scored by either one of those two or fellow forward Stevan Jovetic while Slimani's matchwinner was teed up by Aleksandr Golovin, the Russian's fourth assist of the 2019-20 league campaign.


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For all the media focus on the squad's firepower, Moreno emphasised the collective effort that has pushed the team into contention for a UEFA Champions League qualifying place with a third successive league win.


"In football, there aren't just 11 players. You need 22 committed players. So I don't just have a 'usual line-up'. I'm happy with the performance, with the situation. It worked for this game, against this team," said Moreno, who replaced Leonardo Jardim in December.


"Slimani, Ben Yedder, Jovetic, Golovin! It's everyone. Slimani is an important player, but I think about the team. It's Monaco's best performance [under him]. It's very important not to have conceded a goal. If you don't defend well, you concede a goal. The whole team was involved, especially at the end of the game."


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