The 0: 4 debacle against Bruges, the Champions League, the arrest of club president Rybolowlew, penultimate in the French league: The former striker Thierry Henry experienced as a coach chaotic days in Monaco.

Unpleasant days: Coach Thierry Henry (l.) Experienced the highest defeat on European stage for Monaco.

(Photo: Valery Hache / AFP)

The AS Monaco had one of the bitterest hours of his club's history on Tuesday night. And leave a mystery: "We can sink so low and so fast?" Asked on Wednesday, the French sports paper L'Équipe, AS Monaco went down 2-0 in their own stadium against Belgian champions FC Brugge and lost to Hans Vanaken (12/17), Wesley (24) and Ruud Vormer (85), the biggest defeat in 191 games European stage. But that was not all: a few hours before the debacle it became known that the president of the association, the Russian Dimitri Rybolowlew, had been arrested by the police. The 51-year-old billionaire, who has been trading since 2011 as the main shareholder of the club, is accused, among other things, that he wanted to corrupt a judge in an affair; in the media, the story trades under the name "Monacogate".

The defeat against Bruges Monaco has no chance to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League. As the bottom of Group A, the Monegas are just one point off behind the tied leaders Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid. In the season 2016/17, the AS Monaco had failed only in the semifinals of the Champions League at Juventus Turin, since then it goes downhill steeply.

"The end of the Champions League and possibly the Europa League was certainly not our goal today," said three-and-a-half weeks ago coaching former world-class striker Thierry Henry, "but it may help us focus on the essentials." What's the essence? The relegation battle.

In France's league, Monaco is almost sensational in the table third to last.



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