Monaco optimistic about Champions League draw
Monaco have a "good draw" their vice-president claimed after learning the Ligue 1 club's Champions League fate on Thursday.
The principality club have not featured in European club football's premier competition since the 2005-06 edition when they failed to reach the group stage.
Champions League group stage
A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo
B: Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets
C: Benfica, Zenit, Leverkusen, Monaco
D: Arsenal, Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht
E: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Man City, Roma
F: Barcelona, PSG, Ajax, APOEL
G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting, Maribor
H: Porto, Shakhtar, Athletic Bilbao, BATE
Monaco went into Thursday's draw on home soil fearing the worst after being placed among the lowest seeds. However, last season's Ligue 1 runners-up feel they have an opportunity of at least reaching the round of 16 this term after being pitted against Leverkusen, Zenit St. Petersburg and Benfica.
"It's a good draw, we're happy," Vadim Vasilyev told BeIN SPORTS. "It's an evenly-matched group. Each of the four teams has a chance to qualify for the last 16, so we're happy."
After a slow start to the domestic season under new coach Leonardo Jardim, French media report the club are seeking a central defender to reinforce their back line.
There also remains much speculation concerning the future of star striker Radamel Falcao, who has been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid.
Vasilyev was less than categorical when asked whether or not the Colombia international would be be part of the club's Champions League push, saying: "I really hope he'll be there."
Falcao told Monaco's official website: "It's a balanced group, all of the teams will have a chance of qualifying. Certain teams are more experienced than us, but we're going to defend our corner with a lot of determination.
"Our club has a great history in the Champions League. We'll do all we can to be worthy of it."