Dec 8, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Stade Louis II
MonacoAS Monaco
1-0
Ajaccio
Riviere (75')
Germain (81')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Pierazzi (25')
Pierazzi (62')

Claudio Ranieri staying grounded despite AS Monaco triumph

Monaco's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri looks on before the kick of a French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Monaco on August 10, 2013
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Claudio Ranieri says that there is a "long way to go" in Ligue 1 this season after AS Monaco beat Ajaccio to move second.

Claudio Ranieri is refusing to get carried away about AS Monaco's Ligue 1 title chances despite their current position in the table.

The Ligue 2 champions moved above Lille into second on Sunday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over 10-man Ajaccio at the Stade Louis II, and now find themselves just four points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

"We knew it would be a difficult match and so it proved to be," Ranieri told reporters. "The players kept their calm and kept the ball well.

"We tried to move the ball quickly and we needed to make the breakthrough. We managed that and so I'm happy. We were enthusiastic in our play but also reflective.

"We're back up to second place behind PSG and that's good but there's still a long way to go in the season."

Emmanuel Riviere scored Monaco's winner at the weekend.

Monaco's James Rodriguez celebrates with Emmanuel Riviere and team mates after scoring a goal during a French L1 football match against Rennes on November 30, 2013
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