Coach Leonardo Jardim believes Monaco's march to the Champions League quarter-finals is proof that clubs do not have to splash the cash in order to achieve European success.
Four years have passed since Dmitry Rybolovlev's takeover prompted a slew of big-name arrivals at the Stade Louis II, with the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho signed for hefty transfer fees.
But the Russian billionaire has tightened the purse strings in recent seasons and, with most of Monaco's expensive...
The UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second legs take place this week. And while Barcelona are all but home and dry against French champions Paris Saint-Germain, the outcomes of the other three ties remain intriguingly in the balance, including Bayern Munich-FC Porto, Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid and Monaco-Juventus.
After seven winners and only three losers from his last 12 picks on the competition, handicapper James Eastham offers up value picks for all four UCL fixtures taking place this week.
Barcelona (home) vs. PSG
Asian handicap: Barcelona -1.5 (+106) vs. PSG +1.5 (-113) 3-way line: Barcelona -246 / PSG +682 / Draw +453 Total: 3.25 (Over -112, Under +103)
Barcelona go into the second leg with a commanding 3-1 lead, so the Catalans' place in the semifinals looks virtually assured. PSG were outclassed last week and will need to raise their game to avoid defeat this week -- although the fact that Barcelona can afford to lose by one and possibly two goals and still go through increases PSG's chances of obtaining a face-saving result on the night.