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Ranieri welcomes winning start

Claudio Ranieri saluted Monaco for passing their first test back in Ligue 1 with flying colours on the opening weekend.

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Claudio Ranieri: Delighted with 2-0 win

Claudio Ranieri: Delighted with 2-0 win

The big-spending Principality side left it late to see off Bordeaux 2-0 on their return to the big time, with Emmanuel Riviere breaking down the hosts.

After that, marquee signing Radamel Falcao marked his debut with a goal and Italian coach Ranieri was left a happy man.

"The goals were important, but I think it's too early to talk about anything else," he told the competition's official website.

"I was very curious to see my team play against a strong side like Bordeaux, who have tough players, strong players who play a very compact counter-attacking style.

"It's a great debut for Monaco because it was our first Ligue 1 match against a big team."

Falcao was largely quiet throughout, but chipped away at his 60 million euro fee with a goal.

"This is a very important win. I think it's vital to start your league campaign with a win. Especially away from home, on the turf of a team like Bordeaux," he said.

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