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.