Dimitar Berbatov was a savoir for Monaco last season, but this season the goals have dried up. Monaco need him against Nice on Saturday.
Last season former Manchester United and Spurs forward Dimitar Berbatov carried the flag for AS Monaco as they had to do without Man U new boy Radamel Falcao for the best part of four months, but now the goal well has dried up for the Bulgarian and if Monaco are to climb the table, they need the talismanic striker to find his touch once again.
Monaco boss Leandro Jardim will be hoping that Berbatov can rediscover his form in the Cote d’Azur derby against OGC Nice on Saturday afternoon. Despite the lack of goals from their striker, Monaco have rescued their season by winning three league games in a row and beat Leverkusen 1-0 in the first of their Champions League group games. It has taken the pressure of Jardim for now, but more is expected from the Monegasque side.
Berbatov’s drought shows just how important James Rodriguez was to this Monaco team. Falcao was the name, but it was James that made the team tick.
In the 12 games that Berbatov played last season, Berbatov scored six times, four of them coming in the last four games of last season.
This campaign he opened his account in the second week, scoring the opener as they lost 4-1 away to Bordeaux, then he added a second, equalising in the 1-1 draw at home to Lille.
However, since that 61st minute goal, the striker has failed to hit the back of the net for the following 298 minutes. Last season he averaged a goal every 63 minutes, but without James and the poor form of Joao Moutinho, Berbatov is missing the ammunition to score consistency.
Monaco sit 11th in Ligue 1 before this weekend’s games, a win could take them as high as fifth. However, in the long-term, Berbatov needs to find his shooting boots and become more of a clinical forward if Monaco are to finish in the top three this season.