Matches against AS Monaco FC
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|AS Monaco FC|
|Nickname|| Les Rouge et Blanc|
(The Red and Whites)
|Ground|| Stade Louis II, Fontvieille,|
Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club, commonly referred to as AS Monaco or simply Monaco, is a Monégasque football club based in Fontvieille, a district in the Principality of Monaco. Though based in Monaco, the club is regarded as a French club, as the club plays in the French football league system, and because the principality of Monaco is not a member of UEFA. Monaco are one of the most successful clubs in the country having won multiple league titles and Coupe de France trophies.
AS Monaco FC was founded on 23 August 1924 as a unification of numerous local clubs based in France and the principality. The club's early years were spent in the amateur regional divisions of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, rising rapidly between the leagues in the 1990s. In 1933, Monaco were invited by the French Football Federation to turn professional, and were promoted to the First Division for the first time 20 years later.
Chelsea's only matches against Monaco came in the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League semi-final; the first time Chelsea had reached that stage of the competition. In the first leg in Monaco, with the match poised at 1-1, Monaco had Andreas Zikos sent off, and Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri looked to press home the advantage by replacing defender Mario Melchiot with striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. More puzzingly, the Italian also replaced midfielder Scott Parker with defender Robert Huth, and Chelsea lost their shape. The tactical error would cost the Blues; ten-man Monaco scoring twice to take a 3-1 lead to Stamford Bridge. In the second leg, Chelsea took a 2-0 lead as half time approached, but Monaco equalised just before the break, swinging the advantage back in their favour. Fernando Morientes added a second in the second half, effectively putting the match beyond the home side. Monaco would go on to lose to José Mourinho's Porto side in the final; the Portuguese manager replacing Ranieri as Chelsea manager shortly afterwards.