Football Manager 2018: Monaco Guide, Player Ratings & Tactics

A French title was won by Monaco against the odds last season, but things look even tougher this season. Can you defend the title with the Ligue 1 Champions on FM 18?

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

It was a fantastic achievement by Monaco to win the French title last season, but this time around things will be a lot harder. Four star players left the club for bigger things, with Kylian Mbappe joining title rivals Paris-Saint Germaine perhaps the hardest thing to take. Those men have been replaced with promising talent however, so the Monegasques still have enough in their squad to challenge for the Ligue 1 crown once again. Can you get the best out of them to defend their title on Football Manager 2018?

Philosophies

Monaco Managing Director Vadim Vasilyev will welcome you to the club, and you can discuss the club’s philosophies with him. Currently, there are none meaning you can play the kind of football you want and can choose to either sign big names or nurture talent.

Expectations

Vasilyev will then present the expectations for the season. These are adjustable for a richer transfer budget, but the default is to win both Ligue 1 and the French Cup, as well as to reach the first knockout round of the Champions Cup. The Trophee des Champions and Coupe de la Ligue are marked as not important. If you target the Champions Cup quarterfinals, you will receive and extra £2 million in your transfer budget. 

Budget

Transfer: £35.65 million

Wage: £1.46m per week (Current spend: £1.44m)

Formation

To get the best out of your wide players, and there are a lot of them at Monaco, go for a 4-3-3 wide system.

Danijel Subasic is in goal, with a back four of Djibril Sidibe, Kamil Glik, Jemerson and reserve call-up Jorge.

New signing Youri Tielemans joins Fabinho and Joao Moutinho in midfield, with Thomas Lemar and summer recruit Keita Balde out wide. Skipper Radamel Falcao leads the line. 

The bench looks strong, and you should opt for Diego Benaglio, Andrea Raggi, Almamy Toure, Soualiho Meite, Boschilia, Rachid Ghezzal and Stevan Jovetic. 

Key Players

Despite losing Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer, there are still some players in the Monaco side capable of hurting any opponent.

Radamel Falcao – CA 4 star (159), PA 4 star (176)

A nasty knee injury in 2014 caused Radamel Falcao’s career to stumble and loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea couldn’t solve his problems. He returned to Monaco and found his form once again, returning to be one of the hottest strikers in Europe, netting 30 goals in all competitions last season.

On FM 18, ‘El Tigre’ has a 149 current ability rating, which can rise to a potential of 176. His best attributes include 19 pressure, 19 important matches and 18 heading.

Fabinho – CA 4 star (156), PA 4 star (165)

Fabinho’s importance at Monaco has been indicated by his move from right back to central midfield, and you now wouldn’t expect the Brazilian to play anywhere else. Real Madrid may now rue the decision to let the 23-year-old leave the club in 2015, and if Fabinho maintains this rise, he could go on to become one of the best midfielders in the world. 

Fabinho has a 156 CA score on the game, which is still set to rise to a 165 potential. 19 penalty taking, 17 natural fitness and 16 consistency are his best stats. 

Joao Moutinho – CA 4 star (155), PA 4 star (160)

Still going strong at the age of 30, Joao Moutinho provides the tempo to this Monaco side. The Portuguese midfielder has superb technical ability, able to hit superb passes and chip in with goals from the edge of the box. Moutinho should be the man in your side to find the pacey wing men to start attacks.

The former Sporting and Porto man has a 155 CA on FM this year, which has fallen by five from his 160 potential. 18 passing, 18 teamwork and 17 technique illustrate the quality he adds to the team.

Young Talent

Kylian Mbappe, Yannick Carrasco, Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Petit have come through the Monaco academy over the years, and there are some useful players you can call upon in the next few seasons.

Adrien Bongiovanni – CA 2 star (102), PA 3.5-4.5 star (140-170)

Attacking midfielder Adrien Bongiovanni made his debut for Monaco last season and expect the Belgian U17 international to be given more chances as the current campaign draws to a close. Three goals and four assists in five UEFA Youth League games this season indicates the talent he holds.

Bongiovanni’s 102 current ability score can rise to a fantastic potential between 140 and 170. 

Loic Badiashile – CA 2 star (110), PA 2.5-3.5 star (130-160)

It’s always great to see a young goalkeeper coming through, and the 19-year-old Loic Badiashile is likely to take the number one shirt in a few seasons time. The French U18 international made two appearances for the club last season, and although the summer arrival of Diego Benaglio has harmed his immediate hopes for first team football, he will surely be given his opportunity in the next two years.

The youngster’s 110 CA can improve to a potential between 130 and 160. 

Franco Antonucci – CA 1.5 star (98), PA 3.5-4.5 star (130-160)

Attacking midfielder Franco Antonucci arrived at Monaco from Ajax in January 2017, and although the 18-year-old is yet to experience life with the first team it looks to only be a matter of time. He has played 12 times for Belgium U17s, earning a call-up to the U18s, and now his settling in period in Monaco is over, exepct him to kick-on.

A 98 CA is on course to hit a potential between 130 and 160. 

Team Report

  Strengths
Weaknesses
  Scouting Staff Left Back Depth
  Youth Prospects Wage Budget
  Left Wing Depth Overall Depth
  Jumping Reach  
  Leadership  
  Passing  
  Aggression  
  First Touch  
  Teamwork  
  Decisions  
  CentreBack Depth  
  Star Goalkeeper (Danijel Subasic)  
  Star Defenders (Djibril Sidibe, Kamil Glik)  
  Right Back Depth  
  Coaching Staff  
  Transfer Budget  
  Strength  

Dynamics

Team Leaders – Joao Moutinho, Danijel Subasic, Radamel Falcao (C)

Highly influential – Andrea Raggi, Fabinho, Kamil Glik, Djibril Sidibe, Thomas Lemar

Dynamics is the big new feature for FM 2018, and it shows the atmosphere inside the dressing room at the club. Saying the wrong thing to an influential player can upset the entire squad, so choose your words carefully and do keep tabs on all your players regarding their happiness. Failure to do so could cause the performances on the pitch to decline.

Transfer Targets

£35 million in the transfer budget is a lot more than many clubs in Football Manager 2018, and you should look to use this to bring in one name for your starting lineup.

Left back – Sergio Escudero (CA 149, PA 152)

Left back is the weakest position at the club, with the management failing to adequately replace Benjamin Mendy who left for Manchester City over the summer. Sevilla’s Sergio Escudero would be a great fit, and he will only set you back £13.25 million on FM 18. His wages of £36,000 a week are likely to increase, but you will get your hands on his 149 CA rating and 152 potential. The 27-year-old’s best attributes include 17 long throws, 17 stamina and 17 adaptability.

Alternative options:

  • Domenico Criscito – Age 30, Zenit, Italy, CA 147, PA 153, Value: £7.5m, Wage: £38k
  • Lucas Digne – Age 23, Barcelona, France, CA 147, PA 157, Value: £12m, Wage: £86k
  • Faouzi Ghoulam – Age 26, Napoli, Algeria, CA 146, PA 151, Value: £11m, Wage: £25k
  • Marcel Schmelzer – Age 29, Dortmund, Germany, CA, 146, PA 146, Value: £15m, Wage: £43k

Players to sell

It’s a relatively large squad, and if you identify the players you will struggle for game time this season, you could even bring in one more signing.

Rony Lopes

Thomas Lemar, Keita Balde, Boschilia, Rachid Ghezzal and Jordi Mboula are five great options out wide, and having Rony Lopes in there as well is overkill. If you sell the right winger, you can take in close to £5 million for him and save £20,500 on wages. 

Finances

The finances at Monaco aren’t as strong as you would expect. With the overall balance of the club on the decline. The clubs losses are set to worsen, but will improve once again at the end of the season. As for your transfer budget, it will hang around the £30 million mark for the foreseeable future, but the £160 million fee for Kylian Mbappe goes through next summer, which could be a real game changer for your career at Monaco.

Defend the title against the odds

Yes, Monaco have lost a lot of talent over the summer, but they have bought well and kept hold of some very valuable players. They may not be able to go toe-to-toe with PSG in all areas of the pitch, but if you manage your squad well, there is no reason why you cannot defend your title. Combining this with a French Cup win is very tricky, so perhaps one or two signings in the transfer windows could provide the difference and add that slight depth to your squad. 

Monaco first team squad, player roles and ratings

Player Age Pos Role Duty Role Ability CA/
 PA
Starting Lineup            
Danijel Subasic 32 GK Goalkeeper Defend 3.5 star 151/
151
Djibril Sidibe 24 DR Full-Back Attack 3.5 star 147/
154
Kamil Glik 29 DCR Defensive Centre Back Any 4 star 152/
152
Jemerson 24 DCL Ball Playing Defender Stopper 3.5 star 146/
154
Jorge 21 DL Full-Back Attack 3 star 135/
158
Youri Tielemans 20 MCR Advanced Playmaker Support 3 star 140/
<180
Fabinho 23 MC Box To Box Midfielder Support 4 star 156/
165
Joao Moutinho 30 MCL Advanced/ Deep Lying Playmaker Support 3.5 star 155/
160
Thomas Lemar 21 AMR Inside Forward Support 2.5 star 149/
172
Keita Balde 22 AML Inside Forward Support 4 star 149/
169
Radamel Falcao 31 STC Complete Forward Attack 4 star 159/
176
Substitutes            
Diego Benaglio 33 GK Goalkeeper Defend 3 star 139/
153
Andrea Raggi 33 D (RLC) Central Defender Stopper 2.5 star 132/
136
Almamy Toure 21 D (RC) Full-Back Attack 2.5 star 131/
156
Soualiho Meite 23 DM
M (C)
Ball Winning Midfielder Support 2.5 star 127/
142
Boschilia 21 M (RL)
AM (RLC)
Winger Support 3 star 133/
158
Rachid Ghezzal 25 M (R)
AM (RL)
Inside Forward Support 2.5 star 130/
135
Stevan Jovetic 27 AM (LC)
ST (C)
Complete Forward Any 3.5 star 148/
163
Reserves            
Terence Kongolo 23 D (LC) Wing-Back Defend 2.5 star 131/
147
Adama Traore 22 M (C)
AM (C)
Advanced Playmaker Support 2.5 star 124/
152
Rony Lopes 21 M (R)
AM (RLC)
Inside Forward Support 2.5 star 128/
149
Jordi Mboula 18 M (R)
AM (RL)
Winger Support 2 star 112/
<170
Guido Carrillo 26 ST (C) Target Man Any 3 star 137/
140
Adama Diakhaby 21 M (RL)
AM (RL)
ST (C)
Complete Forward Attack 2.5 star 126/
148

 

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Alastair Pusinelli

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