Saint-Etienne’s Europa League opener saw them go down 3-2 to Gent in Belgium. Here is how the likes of Debuchy, Cabaye, Khazri and co. were rated after this fixture.
Two of Gent’s goals came from Jonathan David, and it’s reflected in his 8/10 player rating. ASSE skipper Loic Perrin’s own goal didn’t help his cause- the defender was rated 3/10.
Gent vs St Stienne Player Ratings (via L’Equipe)
While ASSE lost, the other French club in the Europa League- Stade Rennais, drew 1-1 with Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic.
With key midfield players like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba unavailable for selection, L’Equipe say that France coach Didier Deschamps is likely to turn to the pair of Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso for tonight’s game against Albania at the Stade de France.
Here are the predicted lineups for both teams for this important qualifier.
Predicted French XI: Lloris, Hernandez, Lenglet, Varane, Havard, Matuidi, Tolisso, Lemar, Griezmann, Coman, Giroud
Here are the player ratings for Lyon’s 1-1 draw at home against Bordeaux from noted French newspaper L’Equipe. OL took the lead through Memphis Depay, but had Thiago Mendes sent off shortly after the hour mark, and Bordeaux responded through Jimmy Briand’s 67th minute effort.
A game to forget for OL’s Thiago and Cornet, but former Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny stood out in this game with his 7/10.
A disappointing way to end the month for OL after the blistering start they had made with wins over Monaco and Angers, and the 52,327 spectators in the stadium would’ve perhaps felt the same.
Here are the predicted lineups for Metz vs PSG from French newspapers L’Equipe and Le Parisien. Both media outlets have the same players in their XI bar one- L’Equipe thinks Thomas Meunier will start, while Le Parisien reckons Tuchel will start Leandro Paredes.
Either way, there’ll be no Neymar Jr (he’s not in the official travelling group)
There will be three French clubs in the group stages of the Champions League this season, and based on today’s draw, all three stand decent chances of qualifying for the knockout stages. PSG are obviously the most fancied to progress, but both Lyon and Lille, with some enterprising play, could easily find themselves in the Round of 16 too.
PSG’s group opponents: Group A with Real Madrid, Brugge and Galatasaray
OL group opponents: Group G with Zenit, Benfica and Leipzig
LOSC group opponents: Group H with Chelsea, Valencia and Ajax.