As the Coupe de France continues in the Round of 64 stage, all eyes are will be on the match between AS Monaco and RC Lens. This much-anticipated matchup promises a battle between two sides aiming to progress in the tournament. However, both teams face significant challenges and lineup dilemmas that could define the outcome of the match.
One of the primary concerns for Monaco is the absence of key players due to their participation in international tournaments. The absences of Mohamed Camara, Krépin Diatta, Ismail Jakobs, Takumi Minamino, Mohammed Salisu, and Wilfried Singo presents a challenge for the team. Despite this setback, the arrival of Thilo Kehrer offers hope for Monaco. However, suspensions and injuries continue to pose an interesting test for Adi Hütter's managerial talent.
Hütter expressed his anticipation for the match against Lens: “I like Franck Haise's style, it's a team that plays forward, that plays very high, a game similar to ours. It's a knockout match so it's always 50-50."
Lens, on the other hand, will have their own selection predicament, particularly in defense, due to several absences. Haise spoke on their defensive strategy: “It’s an option to play with four at the back, although this is not the option where we have the most experience.”
Monaco won in their league encounter this season 3-0 on the fourth matchday of Ligue 1. But, the unpredictability of cup competitions ensures an intense, evenly matched contest, with both sides looking for the win and to progress further in the Coupe de France.
Lens' possible lineup: Samba – Aguilar, Danso, Medina, Frankowski – Thomasson, El-Aynaoui, A. Diouf – Sotoca, Wahi, Fulgini.
Monaco's possible lineup: Majecki – Kehrer, Maripan, Magassa – Vanderson, Yo. Fofana, Zakaria, K. Ouattara – Akliouche – Ben Yedder, Balogun.