Two years after winning Ligue 1 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals, Monaco are facing relegation to Ligue 2.

With two matches remaining in the French season, Monaco sit in 17th place with one goal difference better than Caen who currently occupy the relegation play-off spot.

The principality club face Amiens at home this weekend, before travelling to Nice on the final day, with both matches sure to determine their fate.

It has been a turbulent season to say the least for the 2016/17 Ligue 1 champions, who sacked manager Leonardo Jardim in October, brought in Thierry Henry as his replacement, only to sack Henry and replace him with Jardim again back in January.

In 36 matches this season, Monaco have been victorious just seven times. Remarkably, one of those wins came just two months ago in a 1-0 victory away to second-placed Lille. Since then they have drawn three times whilst suffering four defeats, including abysmal losses to Caen and Nîmes.

Joining them in the relegation battle are Caen and Dijon, who sit 18th and 19th respectively.

Caen share the same points tally as Monaco with games against Lyon and Bordeaux to come, while Dijon sit two points behind and will round out their season against Paris Saint-Germain and Toulouse.

When observing the talent at their disposal, it does raise questions as to why their season has been so bad. Gelson Martins, Cesc Fabregás, Adrien Silva, Rony Lopes, Aleksandr Golovin, Radamel Falcao, Kamil Glik and Danjiel Subasic are just a few names who have done magnificent things on the world stage but have failed to fire this season.

If disaster does strike, Monaco will be considered as one of the most talented teams to ever be relegated from a European top flight.

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Damon Palmar
damon@footballnationradio.com

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