Previous
Manchester City
Crystal Palace
5
0
FT
Game Details
Southampton
Manchester United
0
1
FT
Game Details
Stoke City
Chelsea
0
4
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Liverpool
0
2
LIVE 29'
Game Details
West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur
2
3
FT
Game Details
Alavés
Real Madrid
1
2
FT
Game Details
Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
0
0
FT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Monchengladbach
1
0
LIVE 29'
Game Details
Girona
Barcelona
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
New York City FC
Houston Dynamo
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
New England Revolution
Toronto FC
9:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Columbus Crew SC
New York Red Bulls
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders FC
1:30 AM UTC Sep 24, 2017
Game Details
Next

James Rodriguez 'has to defend'

Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri says that €45 million attacking midfielder James Rodriguez is not in the starting eleven because he does not defend well enough.

Claudio Ranieri's Monaco had to settle for a point against Reims.
Claudio Ranieri has guided Monaco to the top of Ligue 1 this season

Rodriguez, 22, was one of the marquee names to join the principality club this summer but he has started just two games in Ligue 1 so far.

Radamel Falcao is the league’s top scorer and Joao Moutinho is making a mark after recovering from injury. But, instead of picking up where he left off at Portuguese league winners Porto, Rodriguez has surprisingly been out of favour.

Signalling that the Colombian is likely to be on the bench again against Saint-Etienne on Saturday, Ranieri confirmed that he has not been left out because of injury.  

“For James Rodriguez, it’s a problem of mentality,” the former Chelsea coach told reporters. “He thinks like an attacker, but he has to defend too. Seeing that he’s not playing, he will understand. But he knows [already].”

Ranieri compared the situation with that of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos, who endured a similar period of adaptation to the Italian’s style.

“It’s the same problem that Ocampos had last season,” Ranieri said. “He defends a lot more now.”

After criticising Rodriguez’s defensive workrate on the wing, however, Ranieri then indicated that he could force his way into the team in a more central role.

“James is a great player,” he said. “Something happens when he has the ball. He can play on the wing but I think that he is better behind Falcao.”

League leaders Monaco, who drew at Reims last weekend, could be without Jeremy Toulalan, Layvin Kurzawa and Emmanuel Riviere for the visit seventh-placed Saint-Etienne.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.