What can we learn from Thierry Henry’s debut as Monaco manager?


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Monaco were beaten 2-1 by Strasbourg in their first game under Henry, but they have reasons for positivity

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Thierry Henry went into his first match as Monaco manager missing his two best goalkeepers, three of his four best central defenders, and attacking midfielder Rony Lopes, their second top scorer last season. It should also be remembered that Henry was taking the second-bottom team in the division to the Stade de la Meinau to face a Strasbourg side whose attack have been in sparkling form recently. It was no great surprise then that Thierry Laurey’s well-organised side won 2-1, yet Henry’s first game in charge provided much food for thought about his managerial future.

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Hugo Lloris is not given the credit he deserves for France’s success


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Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove in Russia and David de Gea was picked in Fifa’s team of the year. What about Lloris?

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Individual acclaim for a goalkeeper is rare. No goalkeeper has won the Ballon d’Or since Lev Yashin in 1963 and only three keepers – Oliver Kahn in 2002, Gianluigi Buffon in 2006 and Manuel Neuer in 2014 – have made it on to the podium in the last 45 years. All 10 of the players shortlisted for the Fifa player of the year award in September were outfield players. However, over the last week, France captain Hugo Lloris has again underlined his own claim to be recognised for individual awards. After a stunning 2018 for France, he deserves to be considered.

Related: France add to Germany’s woes as Antoine Griezmann leads comeback win

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Hugo Lloris is not given the credit he deserves for France’s success


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Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove in Russia and David de Gea was picked in Fifa’s team of the year. What about Lloris?

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Individual acclaim for a goalkeeper is rare. No goalkeeper has won the Ballon d’Or since Lev Yashin in 1963 and only three keepers – Oliver Kahn in 2002, Gianluigi Buffon in 2006 and Manuel Neuer in 2014 – have made it on to the podium in the last 45 years. All 10 of the players shortlisted for the Fifa player of the year award in September were outfield players. However, over the last week, France captain Hugo Lloris has again underlined his own claim to be recognised for individual awards. After a stunning 2018 for France, he deserves to be considered.

Related: France add to Germany’s woes as Antoine Griezmann leads comeback win

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Ligue 1 suffers more crowd trouble as rival fans battle over stolen banner


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The Derby du Languedoc between Montpellier and Nîmes has reemerged as a potent rivalry after lying dormant for 25 years

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Montpellier’s Stade de la Mosson was unusually packed for the visit of newly promoted local rivals Nîmes on Sunday afternoon but the Tribune Heidelberg, the stand that houses the Montpellier ultra-group Butte Paillade 91, was missing its most prominent totem. A banner that bears the group’s name and usually sits proudly above the lower tier had been stolen. However, with 10 minutes remaining of what had been a ferocious Montpellier display, the missing banner reappeared – but at the other end of the stadium.

Until this week, the Derby du Languedoc had been largely forgotten by anyone outside the south-western region, an area normally more famed for rugby. Although the rivalry has been fierce in the past – something Continue reading “Ligue 1 suffers more crowd trouble as rival fans battle over stolen banner”

Marseille must beat big rivals if they are to return to Champions League


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Marseille did not win against PSG, Lyon or Monaco in the league last season. That run of results needs to change soon

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It was more of the same for Marseille on Sunday evening at the Parc OL, as their frustrating evening ended in yet more dropped points against a rival for a Champions League place. Marseille picked up just two points from 18 against Lyon, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain last season. Even with the champions operating in another financial stratosphere, it still made for grim reading, especially with the margins for those top three places having been so fine in recent seasons. With a place in the Champions League their aim of the season, last thing Marseille needed was a chastening 4-2 defeat at Lyon in the Choc des Olympiques.

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Monaco are starting to pay for their mistakes in the transfer window


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Monaco are 15th in Ligue 1 and now face the daunting task of hosting Atlético Madrid in the Champions League

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Monaco are not like other clubs. PSG, Marseille and Lyon boast raucous home fans, splurge on marquee signings and all proudly claim to be the biggest and best club in Ligue 1. Monaco, however, averaged the lowest home gates in Ligue 1 last season and, since signing James Rodríguez and Radamel Falcao five years ago, they have based their success on selling their best players rather than haughtily parading big-name signings. Spearheaded by the club’s hardball negotiator-in-chief, Vadim Vasilyev, their unerring transfer policy has long been the basis of their success. This summer, however, they might finally have made mistakes.

Since Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev acquired the club in 2011, when they were floundering in Ligue 2, Monaco have Continue reading “Monaco are starting to pay for their mistakes in the transfer window”

Olivier Giroud finds his scoring boots for France at just the right time


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Just as his place in the team was looking vulnerable, Giroud scored a wonderful winner against the Netherlands in Paris

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The Nations League is a real competition rather than a set of money-spinning friendlies, but there was expected to be something of the valedictory about France’s two matches over the weekend. Apart from the injured Steve Mandanda and Hugo Lloris, Didier Deschamps chose the same 23 players who had lifted the World Cup in Russia eight weeks earlier, even though the futures of some of those players have been called into question by some in France. Deschamps has never been swayed by media pressure, either tactically or in his selections, but there has remained, even in the wake of France’s triumphant summer, a question of how he would navigate this team’s next step.

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Kylian Mbappé needs to control his temper. Perhaps Neymar can help


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Kylian Mbappé scored a fine goal as PSG won 4-2 at Nîmes but his red card was another sign of his increasing petulance

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“You have to a protect us,” implored an increasing irked Kylian Mbappé to the referee as he picked himself up from another forceful challenge. Newly promoted Nîmes had made a point of pressing the Ligue 1 champions aggressively in midfield and ruffling as many Parisian feathers as possible. Mbappé, however, saw their tactics differently. With less than 20 minutes on the clock, he was already booked for protesting, with Neymar having to lead the 19-year-old away from the referee for fear of further punishment. Mbappé’s ire did little more than simmer, however, and in injury time – after his thunderous finish had won the game for PSG – he reacted aggressively to a trip from Nîmes Continue reading “Kylian Mbappé needs to control his temper. Perhaps Neymar can help”

Patrick Vieira faces a crisis at Nice just three weeks into the Ligue 1 season


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It’s still early days but Vieira needs to turn things around quickly after a brutal 4-0 defeat at home to Dijon

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Nice players were quick to toe a line of togetherness and self-flagellation after their 4-0 home defeat to Dijon. Captain Dante was at once blunt and prosaic: “It hurts a lot, it’s hard, but we mustn’t lower our heads. We have to increase our level of concentration. We missed a lot of chances, but next time we can put them away. We must show character, even if there are things to say to each other, especially after going down 2-0. In front, in attack, we are all responsible.”

Midfielder Wylan Cyprien, 12 years younger and less experienced than his captain, was less diplomatic, saying: “The coach hasn’t yet found the formula to get the best performance possible. Continue reading “Patrick Vieira faces a crisis at Nice just three weeks into the Ligue 1 season”

Gus Poyet melts down as Bordeaux go from crisis to crisis


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Poyet’s fury was a long time coming but fans are hoping new investment will give the club some stability

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Crisis has become a part of day-to-day life at Bordeaux. Fan unrest, player indiscipline and the threat of relegation have become endemic across recent seasons. When Gus Poyet arrived at his press conference on Thursday evening, implosion was again imminent.

“What happened with Gaëtan Laborde is a disgrace,” raged Poyet, “I asked the club not to sell him until we bring in another player. They didn’t listen to me, they let Laborde leave. We arrived at the hotel today at 11.45am, Laborde was not there. We called him, he was at Montpellier. Nobody said anything to us. I will discuss with my agent tomorrow and then make a decision.”

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Lille are finally over Marcelo Bielsa and ready to fight for Europe


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Christophe Galtier’s conservatism has allowed Lille to make careful but considerable progress in Ligue 1

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Christophe Galtier’s reputation in France isn’t quite on par with that of Tony Pulis or Sam Allardyce, that of being an overly negative, needs-must type, but neither has he ever shown much interest in attacking football. His teams at Saint-Étienne, who he regularly guided to the European places despite limited resources and key players departing were decidedly prosaic, often deployed in a 4-3-3 with full-backs who rarely made it forward. It was more of the same last season after he supplanted Marcelo Bielsa, but there were brief uses of the sort of 4-2-3-1 that Galtier deployed on Saturday evening against a Rennes side who have spent heavily of late, eclipsing Lille as the league’s current ambitious outsiders after the opening day.

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France have three points but no clear identity after six years of Deschamps


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France are the only favourites to have won their opening game but Didier Deschamps has still not developed a philosophy

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France’s 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday means they top their group before what should be a considerably more difficult match against Peru on Thursday. Didier Deschamps should be lauded for approaching the opening game with an attacking mindset, bringing Corentin Tolisso and Paul Pogba into the midfield and leaving the more experienced Blaise Matuidi on the bench. The manager opted to lean heavily on individual flair in attack, dropping Olivier Giroud for Ousmane Dembélé despite the Chelsea striker’s reliable goalscoring record for his country.

In making these changes, though, Deschamps added yet another layer to the unpredictability that has stalked him in his six years in charge. While there is something to be said for a manager who Continue reading “France have three points but no clear identity after six years of Deschamps”

It’s the Adam and Erics 2018! The complete review of the Ligue 1 season


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Luiz Gustavo, Neymar, Nabil Fékir and a suspended referee are among the big winners in our end-of-season awards

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In many respects, the 2017-18 Ligue 1 campaign represented a return to business as usual. PSG blew their rivals out of the water, reclaiming the title from Monaco, and Lyon and Marseille confirmed that, with their new investors, they are slowly returning to a place where they can challenge for the league title. While the summer transfers of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé caught the eye around the world, this season has been a watershed moment in terms of coaches setting up their sides to play more entertaining, attacking football. From Unai Emery at PSG to Olivier Dall’Oglio at Dijon, managers ensured their teams put on spectacles, representing a definitive departure from a more turgid style of football. There were 1,033 goals Continue reading “It’s the Adam and Erics 2018! The complete review of the Ligue 1 season”

Marseille suffer second Champions League heartbreak in four days


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Marseille had to beat Atlético Madrid in the Europa League final or finish third in Ligue 1 to qualify for the Champions League. They did neither but should still be proud of their season

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Marseille’s longest-serving player, Steve Mandanda, started the week by winning his record-breaking fifth goalkeeper of the year award in France. His team-mate, Florian Thauvin, was shortlisted for the player of the year award after scoring 22 goals in Ligue 1 and Luiz Gustavo also capped a fine individual season by featuring in the team of the year. Marseille have made immense progress this season, competing on two fronts despite their severely limited squad, but any mood of jubilation around the club last weekend has been battered by their failure to qualify for the Champions League twice in four days.

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Lille have pulled off a miraculous escape from relegation – or have they?


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Three straight wins have made Lille mathematically safe but they will be going down if their finances are not up to scratch

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Fan ire over the running of a club is hardly unusual, but the situation at Lille descended from discontent into utter catastrophe earlier this season. During their match against Montpellier in March, infuriated Lille fans vaulted the pitchside advertising boards, attacked their own players and had to be restrained by police while they threatened club owner Gérard Lopez with the chant: “If we go down, we’ll take you down.” Miraculously, the club pulled clear of the bottom three for good this weekend, but their Ligue 1 status remains fragile for financial reasons.

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Lille have pulled off a miraculous escape from relegation – or have they?


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Three straight wins have made Lille mathematically safe but they will be going down if their finances are not up to scratch

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Fan ire over the running of a club is hardly unusual, but the situation at Lille descended from discontent into utter catastrophe earlier this season. During their match against Montpellier in March, infuriated Lille fans vaulted the pitchside advertising boards, attacked their own players and had to be restrained by police while they threatened club owner Gérard Lopez with the chant: “If we go down, we’ll take you down.” Miraculously, the club pulled clear of the bottom three for good this weekend, but their Ligue 1 status remains fragile for financial reasons.

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Thomas Lemar’s slide at Monaco may convince Lyon to let Nabil Fékir go


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The Monaco playmaker has been poor since having his head turned. Knowing when to let a player leave is so important

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There was some trepidation at the Parc OL on Sunday afternoon, even with the hosts having the considerable advantage of playing earlier in the day than their two rivals for the top three, Monaco and Marseille. The source of this apprehension was a raft of rumours that had emerged linking Lyon’s captain, Nabil Fékir, with a €70m move to Liverpool in the summer. Fékir has also been linked with Barcelona at points this season, but these rumours seem to have serious weight to them, with precise details offered by one of France’s most reliable outlets, RMC, and the player himself offering only a stock response about waiting until the end of the season, with two matches yet to Continue reading “Thomas Lemar’s slide at Monaco may convince Lyon to let Nabil Fékir go”

Memphis Depay is driving Lyon towards a Champions League place


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Lyon have won their last six matches in a row and the former Manchester United forward has scored in all of them

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“You do not have the right to be eliminated in this way,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told his squad after their defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Europa League last month. Lyon had won in Russia the week before but a 3-2 defeat in their own ground ended their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals and Aulas was not happy. “Individualistic behaviour always ends up being punished!”

With forwards playing for themselves and the team barely playing like one, Lyon’s season was in danger of finishing two months early. Their next game was trip to Marseille, who were five points above them in the league table, so Aulas made his feelings known. His opinionated persona can be Continue reading “Memphis Depay is driving Lyon towards a Champions League place”

PSG are champions but their ‘project’ is under more pressure than ever


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PSG smashed their closest challengers 7-1 to win the Ligue 1 title but they need some new ideas to progress in Europe

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Few clubs could canter to a treble and end the season disappointed, but Paris Saint-Germain have made a habit of it recently. They won the Coupe de la Ligue earlier this month, wrapped up the Ligue 1 title on Sunday night with a ludicrous 7-1 trampling of Monaco and are likely to pick up the Coupe de France in a few weeks’ time. You might think that such an effortless domestic campaign would be stabilising for the club, especially after they were ambushed by Monaco last season, but the PSG “project” is under more pressure to develop than ever.

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Rennes have the money and manager to challenge the top four in Ligue 1


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The distance between the top four and the rest has been a problem in Ligue 1 for a while. Rennes may bridge that gap

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Rennes are something of a sleeping giant in French football, but that may be changing. They were accused of being greedy when they sold Ousmane Dembélé to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2016 and did not reinvest the €15m they made from the transfer. Fans were even more unimpressed when Kamil Grosicki, Paul-Georges Ntep and Pedro Henrique left the following January. A team that was not the most prolific at the best of times had eviscerated its forward line in six months.

The club’s approach changed last summer as they started to spend some money, bringing in young forwards Ismaïla Sarr, Faitout Maouassa and Benjamin Bourigeaud to leave them with a net spend of Continue reading “Rennes have the money and manager to challenge the top four in Ligue 1”