Leonardo Jardim revels in Ligue 1 success


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Leonardo Jardim has described leading Monaco to the Ligue 1 title as the “most important” triumph of his career.

Les Rouges et Blancs sealed their first league title in 17 years following their 2-0 victory against Saint-Etienne at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday and the triumph also brought Paris Saint-Germain’s domestic dominance to an abrupt end.

Goals from teenager Kylian Mbappe – his 15th Ligue 1 strike of the season – and Valere Germain wrapped up the silverware for Jardim’s men with one match to spare and the 42-year-old was well aware of the significance of the achievement.

“Winning a championship in a team that is not a favourite is a great trophy,” Jardim told Canal+. “This is the most important trophy of my life as a coach.

We have worked a lot for 11 months.” Jardim, who also led Monaco to the Champions League semi-finals this season, believes the best part of the success was the fact his side were able to deny PSG a fifth-straight Ligue 1 crown.

He added: “But the best thing comes with this title. Monaco are champions, this is worth four titles for Paris.”

Monaco will now be looking to round off what has been a memorable campaign by securing a victory at Rennes on the final day of the season.

Jardim’s men are priced at 2.00 to win Saturday’s match, while Rennes are available at 3.75 and the draw is on offer at 3.50.

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