Ranieri: Monaco deserved to lose

The Italian coach feels the principality side was fortunate not to suffer another defeat after a disappointing showing on Friday night.

Monaco head coach Claudio Ranieri has conceded Evian deserved to beat his team in the wake of their 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday.

Ranieri's team missed the opportunity to move into second position in the table as it had to come from behind to claim a point, but the Italian was not too disappointed with the final result as he feels Monaco was fortunate not to lose the match.

"Evian deserved more, so it is a good point for us," Ranieri said at a press conference. "To be honest, if Evian had won the game 3-1, that would have been acceptable based on their chances. We played very badly.

"We hosted Evian after they've just won three games in a row, so they had a lot of confidence in their team. They played the game we were expecting, staying tight at the back, waiting for a chance to counterattack."

Monaco moved up to 26 points with the draw but remain behind second-placed Lille on goal difference, while reigning champion Paris Saint-Germain (28 points) is clear at the top of the Ligue 1.

Both Lille and PSG have yet to play this weekend.

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