Leonardo Jardim, Monaco head coach has stated his men will not take the fixture against CSKA with levity.
The Ligue 1 club will travel to Russia, to play CSKA Moscow, who are currently bottom of Group E. However, this does not put Jardim under the illusion, that he has a better team.
Jardim’s men can move six points clear of CSKA with a victory, but that is not something the visitors are taking for granted.
“We are expecting a tough game and expect that CSKA will play aggressively but also in a dynamic way,” Jardim said at his pre-match media conference.”We will do everything to win the three points and give a good image of Monaco in Russia.
“We have only had two days to prepare but I am sure we will do that.
“The loss of Roman Eremenko and Alan Dzagoev is of course a blow for CSKA, but as far as I know, they have a good team and their head coach will find some alternatives.
“They are the champions of Russia with many Russian internationals. They managed to finish above Zenit St Petersburg, who we know are a very good team.
“We are expecting a very difficult match against a quality team.
“Two months ago during the draw, everyone said we had been drawn in an even group. I see now that this is definitely the case and every match has been close so far. This group is balanced, with four quality teams.