Philippe Clement has set Monaco on the path to a Champions League place

The Belgian had a slow start when he joined the club in January but his players have found form at the right timeBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAfter their inspirational performances in the run-in last season, when the league title was in play until the very end of the campaign, Monaco and Niko Kovac seemed like a match made in heaven. Kovac had shaken off the disappointment of his spell with Bayern Munich and was getting a tune out of Monaco’s young players, such as Youssouf Fofana, Aurélien Tchouaméni and Sofiane Diop, as well as veterans Kevin Volland and Wissam Ben Yedder.Their league form was patchy at the start of this season and a cruel elimination in the final qualifying round for the Champions League did Kovac no favours, but his players were learning how to deal with the dual demands of European and domestic football. Despite leading them to top spot in a tough Europa League group, Kovac was dismissed by the club mid-season in a decision that, for many, smacked of impatience.