Thomas Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain are top of Ligue 1 and chasing a ninth straight win today but standing in their way are an ambitious Monaco side with a German-born coach of their own in Niko Kovac.
The 49-year-old Kovac, who was brought up in West Berlin and spent most of his playing career in Germany but played internationally for Croatia, took over in the principality during the summer.
That followed a spell out of the game after his sacking by Bayern Munich in November 2019.
At the Stade Louis II, Kovac’s remit is to revive the fortunes of a club which had struggled in the last two campaigns and is trying to return to the upper echelons of the French game.
Kovac was brought in by Monaco’s new sporting Director Paul Mitchell, the Englishman who previously headed football operations at Red Bull and was formerly head of recruitment at RB Leipzig.
PSG is five points clear of Lille at the top and could be forgiven for having one eye on next week’s crucial Champions League clash with Leipzig.