Vasilyev: Monaco proved to the media we're not dead

The Russian says the 3-1 triumph at the Emirates is the perfect riposte to those that said the Ligue 1 outfit would collapse this season

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Arsenal has silenced the media that tried to kill the club’s project.

After finishing as runners-up in Ligue 1 last season, Monaco offloaded their two most prized possessions – James Rodriguez was sold to Real Madrid for around €80 million and Radamel Falcao was allowed to join Manchester United on loan.

With club president Dmitry Rybolovlev tightening the purse strings after successive summers of lavish spending, some pundits predicted a dramatic dip in Monaco’s fortunes.

However, while they have failed to launch a Ligue 1 title bid this season, they now have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions league after a shock 3-1 win over Arsenal in the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Emirates.

“We have given an answer to all those who do not believe in our project,” Vasilyev told the club’s official website. “In particular the media, who claimed the project was dead from the beginning of the season.

“I am proud for the team, for our coach. I am also very happy for the club president and for Prince Albert II of Monaco. They lived this incredible moment. 

“The success of this evening is a great reward for the president who has given a lot.”

Monaco, who currently sit fourth in Ligue 1, will host Arsenal at the Stade Louis II for the second leg on March 17.

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