Ligue 1 – New druid, the future of Payet, firsts for Mandanda: the tops and flops of the 7th day

Ligue 1 – New druid, the future of Payet, firsts for Mandanda: the tops and flops of the 7th day

The tops

  • Gigio insurance, the Chevalier revelation

The goalkeepers shone, especially on Saturday. Marco Bizot was effective in the Brest 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 delivered, this time, an immaculate match with several parades including a fantastic one on a penalty shot remarkably by Islam Slimani. Gigio recalled why Christophe Galier trusted him rather than Keylor Navas.

League 1

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Earlier in the day, Ligue 1 had discovered a doorman, it seems, full of the future. Lucas Chevalier, former understudy of Mike Maignan loaned to Valenciennes last season, started his first meeting in the elite. Great hope of the Dogues training center, he undoubtedly experienced his orbit at the Vélodrome during a solid match despite the defeat (2-1), while Leo Jardim no longer seems to be favored by his coach.

Gianluigi Donnarumma the PSG goalkeeper against Brest

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RC Lens will probably not be champions of France, the fault of a two-speed championship and a PSG with incomparable strengths. But the Northerners have all the weapons to be the best in the second championship. 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 coach with the best average points in the history of the club 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 us remember, Lens did not find L1 until the summer of 2020. …

  • Yoann Cathline, like Les Hakes

On the left flank of the attack there was already the very young (20 years old) Dango Ouattara who made a great start to the season. He also scored Lorient’s first goal from a free kick against Nantes (3-2) on Sunday. He now has a counterpart. Yoann Cathline, same age and same position, just arrived at Les Merlus, had 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 shifted by Kalulu and a superb shot in the skylight from the entrance to the surface. More than a young person who scores, Cathline is the sign that in Lorient, everything is going well at the start of the season. The club are off to the best start in the top flight in their history.

In a very dull performance from Nice, the flash came from Andy Delort. On a corner, the Nice striker had a brilliant inspiration: he carried out a control of the chest, before continuing with an acrobatic return to lob Benjamin Leroy, the Corsican goalkeeper. A magnificent inspiration, a masterpiece. To remember above all: his refusal to celebrate his goal against his former club. It’s to his credit. A real class moment. From Andy Delort in the text.

  • Mandanda, day of firsts

Even at 37, Steve Mandanda discovers new sensations in Ligue 1, he who has scoured the grounds of the French elite for nearly fifteen seasons now (except for a short stint in England). The tricolor goalkeeper has indeed unlocked his career assist counter, Sunday, during the Rennes attacking festival against Auxerre (5-0). With a long clearance brushed in 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 a first clean sheet in the Stade Rennais jersey. What to live a second youth.

The flops

So yes, his little muscular alert last week probably prompted his coach to rest him against Tottenham in the Champions League. So certainly, Igor Tudor had “a plan” to work without the Reunionese against Lille. So no doubt, Payet will start this week in C1 against Frankfurt. But all the same, after having returned to the eleven in recent weeks, the former master of OM has again evaporated, nailed to the bench. What does Payet represent in the mind of his coach?

A vestige of the glorious past that should be played from time to time so as not to blow up your locker room? A kind of luxury “supersub” that comes out of formalin to rest the executives? Or a player with physical qualities completely unsuited to what he wants to put in place? The report is in any case terrible for the one who has not played a single minute in two important matches at the start of the season. The Payet statue has definitely been unbolted.

Dimitri Payet with OM, 2022

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  • Lyon, a major problem

Set pieces, we know that is our weak point. We lack size at this level“. Alexandre Lacazette’s statement on Amazon Prime Video is without appeal. And this Sunday evening, OL paid him cash. Facing Monaco, which shines in this sector, the Lyon club conceded two goals from two set pieces filed by Caio Henrique. And if OL also spoiled too much in front of the Louis-II stadium, it was on these phases that the match was played – an area where Les Gones have regular problems this season, especially in the air -. “They have very tall players and we don’t.“, added Peter Bosz, the Lyon coach who recorded two defeats in a row for the first time with the Gones.

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

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