Team of the Week- French Ligue 1 Round 29 2018-19 Season


Here is the Ligue 1 Team of the Round for Game Week 29. There are plenty of new faces in this GW29 TOTW- only four of the eleven named have made it to a TOTW before. The best player in the XI was Argentina’s Angel di Maria, whose fantastic performance against Marseille saw him make it as PSG’s only representative.

Round 29 lasted across four match days. It began with Nice’s 1-1 draw against Toulouse on Thursday and ended with PSG’s 3-1 triumph at home over Marseille. Only one game was goalless (Angers v Amiens), and that fixture saw two Amiens players in the form of Gurtner and Gouano earn TOTW nominations. Monaco’s fine win away at Champions League chasing Lille got nominations for the troika of Ballo-Toure, Jemerson and Adrien Silva.

The team and the coach of the week both came from St Etienne, whose fine 5-0 win over Caen saw them leapfrog Reims in the league standings.

Ligue 1 Team of the Week Round 29: Gurtner (Amiens), Dubois (Lyon), Gouano (Amiens), Jemerson (ASM), Ballo-Toure (ASM), Savanier (Nimes), Silva (ASM), Oudin (Reims), Hamouma (ASSE), Bedic (ASSE), Di Maria (PSG)

Ligue 1 Team of the Week Round 29 2019

PSG vs Marseille 2019 Player Ratings French Media- Paris 3-1 OM


Angel di Maria starred for Paris Saint-Germain, orchestrating a 3-1 win for Thomas Tuchel’s side against southern rivals Marseille. Di Maria was the star of the show according to these ratings from L’Equipe, who gave him a 9/10. The only Marseille players to escape with any level of credit were goal scorer Valerie Germain and winger Lucas Ocampos. PSG’s poorest player on the evening was Layvin Kurzawa, who got only a 4.

No player from either side got an 8, indicative of how far ahead of his teammates AdM was on the pitch. He scored two of PSG’s goals with Mbappe also finding himself on the scoresheet.

PSG v Marseille 2019 Player Ratings

Player Ratings Lille vs Monaco 2019- ASM continue revival against LOSC


AS Monaco continued their recent revival as they stunned Lille 1-0 away from home in this Friday Ligue 1 clash. The loss was LOSC’s first of 2019, and could potentially allow third place Lyon to cut the gap between them and Les Dogues to only four points if OL win against Montpellier.

Monaco are now on a seven game unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 and are nine points above the drop zone. ASM’s victory was secured thanks to a late, late goal from Brazilian Carlos Vinicius.

Highest rated players of the game: Adrien Silva and Jemerson (ASM) and Mike Maignan (LOSC)
Worst player of the game: Aleksandr Golovin (ASM).

Nicolas Pepe, linked with a summer move to several big name clubs as Barcelona and Bayern, was Lille’s best rated outfield player (6/10)

Lille vs Monaco Player Ratings 2019

French media player ratings Ismaila Sarr flops- Arsenal 3-0 Rennes Europa League Second Leg


The last remaining French team in European competition bowed out earlier tonight as Arsenal got the better of Stade Rennais at the Emirates Stadium. The visitors had beaten the Gunners 3-1 in the first leg but Unai Emery’s side overturned that deficit with a 3-0 win that powered them into the last eight of the competition. SRFC were the second French team to be eliminated this week after Lyon fell to Barcelona in the Champions League.

The worst Rennes player on show as Ismaila Sarr, who is apparently in talks over a potential move to the Gunners. Sarr got a 2. The best SRFC players in this game were Niang and Ben Arfa, who both got a 5. The best Arsenal player, not surprisingly, was Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (8/10)

Arsenal v Rennes Ratings

Memphis flops, Messi sublime- L’Equipe player ratings Barcelona 5-1 Lyon Champions League Second Leg


Here are the French media ratings for Lyon’s 5-1 loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp that saw the exit of the last remaining French team in the Champions League this season. OL moved to a back three for this game, but conceded the same number of goals as they had done when they visited the Nou Camp at this very stage of the tournament a decade ago- 5.

L’Equipe ran the headline “Par Ici La Sortie” (Here’s the exit), with a pic of Nabil Fekir, who returned after having missed the first leg through suspension.

L'Equipe Reaction Barca vs Lyon

The best player on the evening, according to L’Equipe, was without a question Lionel Messi, who scored a panenka penalty (albeit a controversially awarded one!) to get the Catalans going. Behind him were the quartet of Luis Suarez, Arthur, Lenglet and Gerard Pique. Brazilian Arthur misplaced just one pass in this game (71/72 passes), his best ever pass completion rate for FCB (98.6%). Pique was the scorer of Barca’s fourth on the evening. His defensive partner, centre back Clement Lenglet, the solitary French player starting for FCB, earned a 7/10 for his efforts.

Barcelona 5-1 Lyon Ratings

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Barcelona 5 (Messi 17 pen, 78, Coutinho 31, Pique 81, Dembele 86) Lyon 1 (Tousart 58) Continue reading