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.
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.
Here are the predicted lineups for Metz vs PSG from French newspapers L’Equipe and Le Parisien. Both media outlets have the same players in their XI bar one- L’Equipe thinks Thomas Meunier will start, while Le Parisien reckons Tuchel will start Leandro Paredes.
Either way, there’ll be no Neymar Jr (he’s not in the official travelling group)
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.