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.
There will be three French clubs in the group stages of the Champions League this season, and based on today’s draw, all three stand decent chances of qualifying for the knockout stages. PSG are obviously the most fancied to progress, but both Lyon and Lille, with some enterprising play, could easily find themselves in the Round of 16 too.
PSG’s group opponents: Group A with Real Madrid, Brugge and Galatasaray
OL group opponents: Group G with Zenit, Benfica and Leipzig
LOSC group opponents: Group H with Chelsea, Valencia and Ajax.
French defender Clement Lenglet’s Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League in spectacular fashion as they lost 4-0 to Liverpool in the second leg of their UCL semifinal at Anfield.
Barca’s centre back pairing of Lenglet and Gerard Pique were unable to stop the Reds from scoring four, and the way their defences switched off for goals 3 and 4 would’ve been particularly disappointing for manager Ernesto Valverde to watch.
L’Equipe’s ratings for the evening had Lenglet at a 3/10. Horror day for the Barca defence- no one got more than 3.
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