After having just one player in Round 25’s TOTW, PSG have bounced back to dominate this Game Week’s TOTW, with as many as four representatives coming from Thomas Tuchel’s side, who comfortably beat Nimes 3-0 over the weekend.
Ligue 1 results:- Round 26
Dijon 0-1 Saint Etienne
Strasbourg 1-1 Lille
PSG 3-0 Nimes
Amiens 1-0 Nice
Guingamp 1-0 Angers
Montpellier 2-4 Reims
Nantes 1-0 Bordeaux
Toulouse 1-1 Caen
Rennes 1-1 Marseille
Monaco 2-0 Olympique Lyonnais
Ligue 1 Team of the Week: Subasic (Monaco); Traore (Rennes), Silva (Paris SG), Pallois (Nantes), Lala (Strasbourg); Verratti (Paris SG), M’vila (ASSE), Nkunku (Paris SG), Lopes (Monaco), Oudin (Reims); Mbappe (Paris SG)
Team of the Week: Paris SG
Coach of the Week: David Guion (Reims)
Only two teams lost at home in Round 26- relegation threatened Dijon, and somewhat surprisingly, Montpellier, whose 4-2 loss to Reims saw the promoted outfit jump to 6th in the standings and got their manager David Guion the Coach of the Week award. His side are unbeaten in the league since December, and will now be harbouring ambitions of playing in Europe next season.
PSG had four representatives in the XI- Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti, Kylian Mbappe and Christopher Nkunku. Mbappe, who earns a whopping $22/m a year at Parc des Princes, according to betting-sites.uk.com, netted a double against Bernard Blaquart’s Nimes as PSG took their season tally to 68 points from 25 games. It was Les Crocodiles’ first defeat of the month, having previously drawn against Montpellier and beaten both Nantes and Dijon. This was a maiden Team of the Week nomination for Nkunku, who scored PSG’s opener and also set up one for Mbappe.
Apart from Nkunku, there were four other players appearing in the TOTW for the first time this season- the Monaco pair of Daniel Subasic and Rony Lopes, who were part of ASM’s 2-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Louis II, Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois, who netted the winner for his side against Bordeaux and ASSE medio Yann M’vila.
Nine of the eleven players were winners in their respective sides’ game over the weekend. The two that weren’t- Strasbourg’s Lala and Rennes’ Traore, saw their clubs draw 1-1.
The race for fourth spot is quite crowded- only six points separate St Etienne (4th with 43 points) from 10th place Nimes.
Lyon seem safe in third, but the joy of their win over PSG has been tempered by disappointing losses away at both Nice and Monaco.
The pick of next weekend’s games would obviously be Olympique Marseille vs Saint Etienne, a clash that pits No.5 against No.4 at the Velodrome.