Monaco next? Five successful teams which were broken up

first_img 5 Porto (2004-2005) – Jose Mourinho’s side were the winners of the 2004 Champions League as they beat Monaco 3-0 in Germany. When the manager then left for Chelsea in the summer, he took Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho to Stamford Bridge with him, while Tottenham signed Pedro Mendes, and Barcelona landed attacking midfielder Deco. A year later they also lost Nuno Valente, Costinha, Carlos Alberto, and Derlei. 5 Monaco’s brilliant season ended in Ligue 1 glory, and a near-miss in the Champions League, but they face an uphill task repeating the feat next year.Already it seems the excellent attacking side is about to be broken up, with Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe, Fabinho, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Thomas Lemar, are all being linked with summer transfers.It’s will be a great shame if Leonardo Jardim was unable to keep the majority of the squad together, but it wouldn’t be the first time a successful team has been dismantled in such a way.Click the right arrow above to see five teams who had their assets stripped… 5 Ajax (1996-98) – Click the right arrow above to see four other teams who had their assets stripped… – After two Champions League final appearances in two years, it was understandable the young Dutch side wouldn’t be together for long, especially when the Bosman ruling meant out of contract players could leave for free. Straight after their defeat in 1996 to Juventus, Frank Rijkaard retired and Clarence Seedorf joined Sampdoria. Then, in 1997, Edgar Davids, Finidi George, Nwankwo Kanu, and Michael Reiziger all left too. And in 1998 the final pieces were dismantled as Patrick Kluivert, Winston Bogarde, and Marc Overmars earned transfers away from Amsterdam. 5 Arsenal (2006) – Following on from their unsuccessful Champions League final appearance against Barcelona, Arsene Wenger began to reconstruct his squad. Dennis Bergkamp retired, while Robert Pires, Lauren, Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, and Pascal Cygan all left the next season. Another year on, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg and Jose Antonio Reyes also left the club. It wasn’t the last time Arsenal would have an exodus as in 2011 and 2012 they lost Gael Clichy, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, and Alex Song. Southampton (2014-2015) – After an impressive eighth place finish in the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino, the Saints saw five star players leave before the beginning of the next campaign. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, and Dejan Lovren all went to Liverpool, Luke Shaw went to Manchester United and Calum Chambers left for Arsenal. On top of this, Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin both quit the club a year later. Juventus (2015-16) – Massimiliano Allegri’s first season in Turin nearly ended in a famous treble for the Old Lady but they fell short in the Champions League final, losing 3-1 to Barcelona. Following the defeat, Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman, Angelo Ogbonna, and Fernando Llorente all left the club, while a year later Paul Pogba and Alvaro Morata also quit Turin. But they have managed to rebuild and now find themselves in another Champions League final, where they will face Real Madrid. 5last_img read more