Monaco to face Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 clash
On Friday, Monaco will face Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a crucial match in the 13th round of Ligue 1. The match provides Monaco star Fralin Balogun with the perfect opportunity to rediscover his scoring touch after four games without a goal.
Since joining Monaco from Arsenal in the summer transfer window, the U.S. national team striker has played an active role, contributing three Champions League goals and an assist. His impressive loan spell at the Stade de Reims last season caught the eye of Monaco chief executive Thiago Scuro, who was delighted to sign the 22-year-old.
“We are very happy to have signed Fralin,” Scuro told CBS Sport exclusively.” The transfer window was coming to an end, which affected his adaptation to the club. He missed preseason and came to the team with games already underway. It’s a challenge for the player and he needs to familiarize himself with the style of play and training methods.” We are learning everything every week.”
Scuro recognizes Balogun’s talent and dedication, stressing that the club is committed to helping him reach his full potential.” He explained, “We are working with Fralin to understand what we expect from a player in his position.” He is talented, strong-minded and eager to learn and develop. These qualities give us the confidence to build a future with him. He has already played an active role in a number of games and I believe he “I will continue to improve in Monaco.”
While Balogun scored in the USA’s 3-1 win over his old team, the Spears, he has struggled to score in recent games for Monaco. Scullo emphasized the importance of getting the Brooklyn native acclimated to Stade Louis II before being able to take a big step forward.
“It all depends on the performance,” Scullo said.” If we can help Fralin improve his performance with Monaco, then he’ll be healthier and better with the USMNT as well, especially given his position. If he can score goals with us and internationally, it will create opportunities for him.” Him and us I think it’s a positive development, but results have to be the main driver of this strategy.”
Scuro highlighted the challenges Balogun faces in adapting to a new style of play and culture while juggling club and international fixtures.” ‘International soccer was new to him as well,’ he explains.” Long flights across time zones, different styles of play in the U.S. versus Europe – it’s been a challenging process for him. He is young, but also mature, which helps him to face them.”
Monaco have had a strong start to the season, winning seven and drawing three of their first 12 matches. One of their two losses came at home to OGC Nice, a particularly tough game for Balogun. Despite the setback, Scuro was pleased with the team’s overall performance.
“It’s been a good season so far,” said the South American, “and given the injuries we’ve suffered, with a bit of luck this season could be excellent.” We’ve lost a lot of players to injuries beyond our control, which is frustrating. But overall, it’s positive. We’re working together in a clear way to build our style of play and we’re bringing in better attendance early in the season. We’re more connected to the community and the fans, and that’s a big part of achieving our goals.
The match against Paris Saint-Germain provides Monaco with an opportunity to close the gap on the league leaders. As Paris Saint-Germain have already lost to second-placed Nice in similar circumstances, ASM can be optimistic about their chances of securing a crucial victory.