Newcomers Leipzig start with Monaco task
RB Leipzig mark their European debut with a home game against AS Monaco FC, who are hoping to repeat last season’s remarkable feat of reaching the semi-finals.
• While this is a first ever match in continental competition for the German club, it is Monaco’s 175th.
• Leipzig qualified for a first foray into European competition by finishing second in the 2016/17 Bundesliga – in what, remarkably, was their first season in the German top flight.
• Leipzig are the 12th club to represent Germany in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
• The German side are also the first team from any country to make their European debut in the group stage.
• Monaco are embarking upon their eighth group stage campaign. Finalists in 2004, they got to the semis in 1994 and 1998.
• The French club enjoyed another memorable European season in 2016/17, knocking out Manchester City FC and Borussia Dortmund on the way to the last four. There they succumbed 4-1 on aggregate to Juventus (0-2 home, 1-2 away).
• Leonardo Jardim’s men – who also claimed the French title in May – lost four of their eight away games in last season’s competition, winning three and drawing the other.
• Monaco faced German opposition twice in the 2016/17 competition. They went down 3-0 at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the group stage – ending a five-match unbeaten run in Germany (W3 D2) – but won 3-2 at Dortmund in their quarter-final first leg.
• Overall, Monaco’s record away to Bundesliga opponents is W4 D2 L2. Home and away, it is W9 D5 L4.
• Monaco have qualified from the UEFA Champions League group stage on their last four participations.
Coach and player links
• Guido Carrillo scored in Monaco’s 3-1 first-leg success over Yvon Mvogo’s BSC Young Boys in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.
• Fabinho scored in Monaco’s 2-0 Ligue 1 win against a Paris side including Jean-Kévin Augustin in March 2016.
• Portugal’s João Moutinho was player of the match in a 0-0 draw with Stefan Ilsanker’s Austria in the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage.
• On 8 October 2016, Yussuf Poulsen and Poland’s Kamil Glik (own goal) both scored for Denmark in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier – but Poland still prevailed 3-2.
• International team-mates:
Fabio Coltorti & Diego Benaglio (Switzerland)
Bruma & Rony Lopes (Portugal Under-21)
• Have played in France:
Jean-Kévin Augustin (Paris Saint-Germain, 2009–15)
Naby Keita (FC Istres, 2013/14)
Dayot Upamecano (Valenciennes FC, 2014/15)
• Has played in Germany:
Diego Benaglio (VfB Stuttgart, 2002–05; VfL Wolfsburg, 2007–17)