Marseille suffered a rare league defeat as Nantes upset them 3-1 at the Velodrome. Andre-Villas Boas’ men had lost only once at home in the league this season prior to this clash, and FCN’s stunning 3-1 triumph saw them have three players in L’Equipe’s Team of the Week.
Lyon, the only other away side other than Nantes to win in this round, were the big gainers, with their 2-0 triumph seeing Les Gones jump from 11th to 7th in the standings. Continue reading
Courtesy the French newspapers, a look at which players at Paris Saint-Germain do not speak French. Some like Marquinhos and Ander Herrera are polygots, speaking a variety of languages- the former for instance is fluent in Portugese, Italian, French and English.
Who does not speak French at PSG?
As per this infographic, Neymar does not speak French. Bernat, Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes and Keylor Navas also do not speak French.
How many languages does Ander Herrera speak?
Like Marquinhos, Herrera is also fluent in four languages- Spanish, French, Bsque and English in his case.
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.