Oct 30, 2013 at 7.55pm UK at ​Stade Auguste Delaune
Reims
1-0
MonacoAS Monaco
Devaux (34')
Ca (38')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Kondogbia (25'), Ocampos (38'), Fabinho (71')

Claudio Ranieri: "Reims deserved to win"

Ranieri:
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Claudio Ranieri believes that the 1-0 defeat to Reims was the correct result.

Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has admitted that his side deserved to lose to Reims in the third round of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday night.

Ranieri said that he saw improvement from his side in the second half, but not enough to warrant them getting anything from the game.

"I think that Reims deserved to win," Ligue1.com quotes Ranieri as saying. "If Reims were better in the first half, I think that we played better in the second half. Reims were a bit lucky but that is football.

"It was a good match and my players did good things. I am very satisfied because it was the first time these players had played together. I am satisfied with the way my players played, but not by the result. Naturally, Monaco played to win, as always, but Reims were good.

"I wanted us to go through so that those who have not been playing much could get more game time. But it doesn't matter, the priority is the league and making sure we qualify for the Champions League. It will be a really big game on Sunday at Lille. I am already thinking about what team to play."

Monaco are currently level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao is congratulated by team mates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the match against FC Lorient on September 15, 2013
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