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Dmitri Rybolovlev’s Role in AS Monaco’s Success This Season

June 06, 2024
 Dmitri Rybolovlev’s Role in AS Monaco’s Success This Season

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Dmitri Rybolovlev has proven to be an exemplary President during the 2023-2024 season. Following AS Monaco's disappointing end to the 2022-2023 season, he implemented significant leadership changes, closely monitored the summer transfer market, and provided financial support for essential player acquisitions. Throughout the season, he remained engaged with the team, celebrating their second-place finish in Ligue 1 alongside the players.

Under Rybolovlev’s tenure, AS Monaco has consistently been a top contender in Ligue 1, securing their eighth top-three finish since their return to the top flight. After the unexpected sixth-place finish last season, Rybolovlev swiftly appointed a new sporting director, Thiago Scuro, and a new head coach, Adi Hütter. This leadership duo was tasked with preparing for the summer transfer window and building the team to meet the coach's needs, a strategy that proved successful.

The summer transfer window saw AS Monaco spend €83 million on five new players. Rybolovlev's involvement in these transfers and his financial backing allowed the sports department to focus on strengthening the team without waiting for player sales. This enviable position led to a strong start to the season, with the team frequently topping the league standings.

Mid-season, AS Monaco faced serious challenges, including key player injuries and absences due to international duties. Despite a disappointing Coupe de France elimination by Rouen, Rybolovlev expressed his support for Hütter and the team. This decision to retain the coach proved wise, as the team gained momentum and defeated key competitors, securing their second-place finish.

AS Monaco’s second-place finish not only secured direct Champions League qualification but also marked a significant achievement for the club. This success is a testament to years of Rybolovlev’s investments, including the development of young talents from the club’s Academy and the establishment of the state-of-the-art Performance Center at La Turbie.

With the club’s centenary approaching, Rybolovlev and AS Monaco aim for continued success. As the team prepares for the upcoming season, fans and the club alike anticipate strong performances in all competitions, particularly the long-awaited Champions League.

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