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‘Erasing Mbappe’ the secret to Monaco’s success over PSG – Kovac

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The Monegasques moved within two points of the Parisians to throw open the title race after beating them at Parc des Princes on Sunday. 

Niko Kovac has explained how AS Monaco managed to upset Paris Saint-Germain in their latest Ligue 1 meeting, revealing that his side’s objective was to keep Kylian Mbappe quiet.

Sofiane Diop opened the scoring just six minutes after the kick-off before Guillermo Maripan added another six minutes into the second half as Monaco beat PSG 2-0.

Mbappe cut a frustrated figure throughout the first half and, barely allowed a straightforward touch, looked lost pretty much the entire match.

The French forward had made headlines with a hat-trick against FC Barcelona in the Champions League but failed to make an impact against his former side.

Les Monegasques became the first team in nearly a decade to do the league double over Les Parisiens, having won the previous fixture 3-2 on Ligue 1 matchday 11.

“I am very happy with the performance of my team. PSG are a great team. We played very hard for 90 minutes and we deserved the victory,” Kovac told after the match, speaking to Canal+.

“They didn’t have a lot of opportunities. I have to congratulate my players.

“Our plan? We had to erase Kylian Mbappe because he’s a great striker. We had to deprive him of the ball by putting three or four players on him.

“In defense, we showed another face of Monaco because we didn’t concede many chances.

“Tonight was wonderful. This is what we needed.”