Here is the French press (L’Equipe)’s player ratings for the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between Barcelona and Manchester United. A number of French players were in action- Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial from Man Utd and Clement Lenglet from Barca. The United duo got 4 and 3 respectively, while the Barcelona centre back got a 6.
Overall, United were rated as 3.6 as a team, while Barcelona were given a 6.4
Also below the L’Equipe ratings are the Marca ones (from Spain), just for comparison. Martial doesn’t even earn a rating in Marca, while Pogba gets a single star. Lenglet, according to Marca, was the best Barcelona player on show last night along with Lionel Messi, who grabbed a brace for the Catalans.
French paper L’Equipe went for a pun headline for today in the form of “Victoire Hugo”. Literally translating to “Victory Hugo”- a tribute to Hugo Lloris as his penalty save helped his Tottenham Hotspur side upset Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League tie. French and Spurs skipper Lloris denied Sergio Aguero from the spot on 13 minutes- a key moment in the fixture as Heung-min Son’s 78th minute winner saw the home side emerge winners. Victor Hugo is of course the well known French novelist (Les Miserables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, amongst others)
Lloris was also the highest rated player from either side in the French media’s ratings- getting a 8/10. It’s essentially him and goal scorer Heung-Min Son (with a 7) that push Spurs up. Continue reading
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)
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.
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 (Messi 17 pen, 78, Coutinho 31, Pique 81, Dembele 86) Lyon 1 (Tousart 58) Continue reading