Ligue 1 – New druid, Payet’s future, firsts for Mandanda: top and flop of the 7th day

Ligue 1 – New druid, Payet’s future, firsts for Mandanda: top and flop of the 7th day

Ligue 1 – New druid, Payet’s future, firsts for Mandanda: top and flop of the 7th day

The peaks

  • Gigio insurance, the Chevalier revelation

The goalkeepers shone, especially on Saturday. Marco Bizot was effective in Brest’s goal at the Parc des Princes, but we will especially remember the great performance of Gianluigi Donnarumma. Author of a big mistake in the Champions League against Juventus, the Italian goalkeeper made, this time, an immaculate match with several saves including a fantastic penalty from a notably Islam Slimani. Gigio recalled why Christophe Galier trusted him rather than Keylor Navas.

League 1

Tudor explains himself to Payet: “I explained my plan to him and he accepted it”


Earlier in the day, Ligue 1 had discovered a goalkeeper, apparently, full of future. Lucas Chevalier, former replacement for Mike Maignan who was loaned to Valenciennes last season, began his first fight in the elite. Great hope of the Dogues training center, he has undoubtedly lived his orbit at the Vélodrome during a solid match despite the defeat (2-1), while Leo Jardim seems to be no longer favored by his coach.

Gianluigi Donnarumma the PSG goalkeeper against Brest

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RC Lens will probably not be French champions, the fault of a two-speed championship and a PSG with unrivaled strengths. But the Nordics have all the weapons to be the best in the second league. With five wins, the last against Troyes on Friday, and two draws, their start to the season is exceptional. Architect of a fantastic collective, Franck Haise is now the manager with the best points average in the club’s history in L1 (1.64). He joins in this place the unforgettable Daniel Leclerc, champion of France with Racing in 1998. The statistics are all the more crazy for Haise since, let’s remember, Lens did not find the L1 until the summer of 2020.…

  • Yoann Cathline, like Les Hakes

On the left wing of the attack there was already the very young (20 years old) Dango Ouattara who made a great start to the season. On Sunday he also scored Lorient’s first free-kick against Nantes (3-2). It now has a counterpart. Yoann Cathline, the same age and the same position, just arrived at Les Merlus, played his first minutes in Ligue 1 against the Canaries. He took the opportunity to score his first goal … on his first touch of the ball. A ball moved by Kalulu and a superb shot in the skylight from the entrance to the surface. More than a young scoring player, Cathline is a sign that everything is going well in Lorient at the start of the season. The club started off in the best way in the top flight in its history.

In a very boring performance in Nice, the lightning came from Andy Delort. On a corner kick, the Nice forward had a brilliant inspiration: he made a chest check, before continuing with an acrobatic return on a lob Benjamin Leroy, the Corsican goalkeeper. A magnificent inspiration, a masterpiece. To remember above all: the refusal to celebrate the goal against the former club. It is thanks to him. A real moment of class. From Andy Delort in the text.

  • Mandanda, the day of the first

Already at the age of 37 Steve Mandanda discovers new sensations in Ligue 1, he who has been scouting the fields of the French elite for almost fifteen seasons (except for a short period in England). The tricolor goalkeeper in fact unlocked his career counterpart on Sunday, during Rennes’ offensive party against Auxerre (5-0). With a long distance close to the axis, the world champion surprised an apathetic Burgundian defense and ideally served Flavien Tait, author of the fourth Breton goal (78th). A joy (and a first) that never comes alone, Mandanda also signed the first clean sheet with the Stade Rennais shirt. What to experience a second youth.

The flops

So yeah, his little muscle alert last week probably prompted his manager to rest him against Tottenham in the Champions League. So, of course, Igor Tudor had “a plan” to work without Reunionese against Lille. So, without a doubt, Payet will start this week in C1 against Frankfurt. But all the same, after eleven back in the past few weeks, the former OM master has evaporated again, pinned to the bench. What does Payet represent in the mind of his coach?

A vestige of the glorious past that you should play from time to time to avoid blowing up your locker room? A kind of “supersub” of luxury that comes out of the formalin to rest the executives? Or a player with physical qualities completely unsuitable for what he wants to put on the pitch? The balance is still terrible for those who have not played a single minute in two important games at the beginning of the season. Payet’s statue was certainly unscrewed.

Dimitri Payet with OM, 2022

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  • Lyon, a big problem

Set pieces, we know that is our weak point. We lack dimensions at this level“. Statement by Alexandre Lacazette on Amazon Prime video it is without appeal. And this Sunday night, OL paid him in cash. Facing Monaco, who shines in this sector, the Lyon club conceded two goals from two set pieces by Caio Henrique. And even if OL has spoiled too much in front of the Louis-II stadium, it is on these phases that the game was played – an area in which the Les Gones have regular problems this season, especially in the air -. “They have very high players and we don’t.“added Peter Bosz, the Lyon manager who recorded two straight defeats for the first time with the Gones.

Seven days, no victory for Strasbourg residents. A very timid start on the accounting level, as well as on the offensive level. Either Julian Stéphan’s men lack imagination in the last third, or when they dominate, as happened on Sunday against Clermont, they miss the target. They hit Mory Diaw’s uppercuts twice and saw a goal saved by Johan Gastien. All with strikers like Ludovic Ajorque, Habib Diallo and Kévin Gameiro respectively with 12, 11 and 11 goals last season. The three marched on the Meinau lawn, without success. Strasbourg have never scored more than one goal in a match this season and have scored five goals in seven games. Less well done only the promoted Ajaccio, who died last in Ligue 1, with three goals scored.

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