France bounced back from their shock loss in Konya as they beat Andorra 4-0. Didier Deschamps rang in the changes- seven of them in total, and was rewarded with a comfortable 4-0 win that saw Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder, Florian Thauvin and Kurt Zouma get on the scoresheet.
The evening worked out quite well for the French, with Turkey’s away loss in Iceland meaning that Les Bleus are now top of their qualifying group.
According to the French press, Didier Deschamps is likely to ring in the changes following Les Bleus’ disappointing 2-0 loss against Turkey in Konya. France play Andorra away tonight and while victory is almost a given, here are the changes Deschamps might make this evening.
Six players who started the Turkey loss are also expected to be in the XI against Andorra- skipper Lloris, defender Varane, midfielder Pogba and the attacking trio of Griezmann, Mbappe and Giroud.
The majority of the changes are likely to be in defence, with Real Madrid bound Ferland Mendy coming in at left back, Clement Lenglet replacing club mate Samuel Umtiti at centre back, and Leo Dubois in for Benjamin Pavard on the right side. Other likely changes include Ndombele for Sissoko in midfield and Thauvin for Matuidi.
France coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Ferland Mendy is on the verge of a switch to Real Madrid. Speaking in his pre-match press conference before the Andorra game, the Les Bleus gaffer lavished praise on the OL full back saying that he “had been in Ligue 2 two seasons ago and is now going to play at Real Madrid”.
From the original French words spoken by Deschamps
Il a une progression fulgurante, il était en Ligue 2 il y a deux ans et il va se retrouver au Real Madrid.
Mendy, who enjoyed a great campaign with Lyon, has already undergone a medical with Real, who seem to be busy in the current transfer market in order to make up for their disastrous season.
The 24 year old is expected to be one of the changes Deschamps will ring in for their European qualifier away in Andorra. He played the second half of France’s 2-0 loss to Turkey, replacing Lucas Digne at half time.
Turkey registered their first ever competitive win over France as the reigning world champions were upset in Konya over the weekend. Prior to this clash, the French had lost only one of their last 15 games in European qualifying (against Belarus in 2010), but turned in a lacklustre performance as the Turks went top of Group A. The loss came just 24 hours after Les Bleus’ women counterparts had begun their 2019 WWC campaign with a confident 4-0 win over South Korea. Continue reading
OM ended a run of three games without a win as they beat Toulouse 5-2 away from home in the penultimate round of Ligue 1 fixtures.
Marseille, who had lost 3-0 to Olympique Lyonnais in Round 36, scored four second half goals to run out 5-2 winners. The fixture, held in front of 24,293 supporters, was the highest scoring Ligue 1 game for the round.
Despite the scoreline suggesting a comfortable win for Marseille, it wasn’t so- two of their five came in second half extra time. The player ratings indicate this- Toulouse with an average team rating of 4.5, and Marseille with 5.4. There wasn’t too much to choose between the two teams.
Olympique Lyonnais strengthened their hold on third position with this fine 3-0 away win against bitter southern rivals Olympique Marseille.
Marseille had suffered a slump of sorts in their previous games, dropping points against Nantes and Strasbourg, and their European hopes were severely dented with this 3-0 loss at the Velodrome.
Memphis Depay was poor for OL, but the rest of his teammates were quite good, as shown by these player ratings.
Saint-Etienne’s Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as they went down 1-0 to Montpellier at home on 10 May, 2019. ASSE, who had won six of their last seven games in Ligue 1, would’ve gone third with a win here, but the loss has dented their hopes and at the same time re-ignited Montpellier’s aspirations of playing in the Europa League next season.
Both teams had a player sent off (Remy Cabella for ASSE and Daniel Congre for MHSC), while Gaetan Laborde scored the only goal of the game on 64 minutes.
Here is what is supposedly the new Olympique Lyon jersey for 2019/20. Initial leaks seemed to suggest a very minimalist look for Les Gones, but this latest leaked pic hints at some subtle detailing, such as the Lion at the bottom right of the jersey.
The Adidas creation is otherwise pretty standard, and judging by some of the features on this picture, does look like the real one. Continue reading
French defender Clement Lenglet’s Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in spectacular fashion as they lost 4-0 to Liverpool in the second leg of their UCL semifinal at Anfield.
Barca’s centre back pairing of Lenglet and Gerard Pique were unable to stop the Reds from scoring four, and the way their defences switched off for goals 3 and 4 would’ve been particularly disappointing for manager Ernesto Valverde to watch.
L’Equipe’s ratings for the evening had Lenglet at a 3/10. Horror day for the Barca defence- no one got more than 3.
Here are the ratings from the French press for PSG’s surprise French Cup final loss to Stade Rennais. The Parisians were leading 2-0, but SRFC fought back to level it at 2-2, and then went on to win on penalties. It was the first time in six years that PSG had to be content with a single title on the domestic front (league only).
Kylian Mbappe wrote himself into Ligue 1’s history books as his hat trick propelled PSG to a 3-1 win over AS Monaco. The Parisians had been confirmed champions of France for the sixth time in seven seasons thanks to Lille’s goalless stalemate earlier against Toulouse, but Mbappe added the icing on the cake with his three goals- making him the first Ligue 1 player to score 30 in a season since Jean-Pierre Papin nearly two decades ago.
Here are the ratings from the French press. Not a great day at the races if you were an ASM fan.