Adama Diakhaby Shows Both Rawness and Immense Potential for Monaco

Adama Diakhaby looked to be going places late last season, and at that point in time, he most certainly was. He finished up his first campaign with Rennes with a brilliant double against AS Monaco, the highlight of which was was a sharp turn of pace, after receiving a long diagonal, to breeze beyond Monaco’s […]

Lyon Combine Pressing and Counter-Attacking to Outpoint Marseille

Lyon are an excellent counter-attacking team. They currently sit in 3rd place on the Ligue 1 table, and following the prodigous form of their two most advanced front men, No. 10 Nabil Fekir and striker Mariano, that’s absolutely where they deserve to be. More than that, though, they’re getting the best out of their attackers […]

Energetic Dani Alves Key to PSG’s Attack against Angers

  Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani were the main destroyers against Angers, scoring two goals each in Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 win over the weekend. Together, they showed why the capital club invested so much money into acquiring them, but another player, right-back Dani Alves, proved equally important despite his recent arrival on a free transfer. […]

Marseille exploit Nice’s Aggression To Claim Impressive Comeback Victory

In the early going, Nice looked to have the better of Marseille. During their Ligue 1 encounter on Sunday, Lucien Favre’s men took the lead just three minutes in, through a Mario Balotelli header, and doubled it not long after. When Jean Michael Seri’s deflected effort skidded into the back of the net, Nice were […]

Talented Tanguy Ndombele Characterises Lyon’s Recruitment Strategy

On the surface, it looked like Lyon were in for a tough season. They didn’t just lose Ligue 1 superstar Alexandre Lacazette, their goalscoring machine, to Arsenal, but they also lost all-round midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich. Those were the biggest names to go, but midfield stalwart Maxime Gonalons also moved on, this time […]

Nice Put Monaco to the Sword with Swift Counter-Attacking Game

Nice hosted local rivals Monaco last weekend, and they probably would’ve gone into the game thinking they were up against it. Their opponents, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, went into the match not only with an unblemished record in the current campaign, but also on a 24 match unbeaten streak in the league. Throw in […]

Fullbacks, Wide Men and Replacements: A look at Monaco’s 1-0 Win over Metz

It’s been a big summer of upheaval at AS Monaco. Following last season’s Ligue 1 success, they’ve lost a number of quality players to big spending opposition. Manchester City has swooped in for Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayako has joined Chelsea and Valere Germain has left for Marseille. Add in the heavy speculation […]

Lille Make Encouraging Start to Ligue 1 Under Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa is always a name that football fans like to hear. It reminds them of high-octane pressing and fast-paced attacking football. The news that he would be returning to football, and Ligue 1, with Lille was therefore met with much excitement, and after the club’s season opener against Claudio Ranieri’s Nantes, it’s clear that […]

Luiz Gustavo Highlights His Importance to Marseille in the Club’s League Opener

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Ligue 1 at the moment. The French top-flight has added a number of impressive names to its ranks, most notably Brazilian superstar Neymar. Then there are coaching additions such as the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa and Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, who have signed on with Lille and Nantes respectively. […]

3 Key Things: Why Monaco Playmaker Thomas Lemar is a Man in Demand

Thomas Lemar is hot property at the moment. The young Monaco man is linked with a host of clubs, most notably Arsenal, and there’s good reason for it. He is an excellent player, one with a whole lot of quality and variation to his game, and here, we’ll take a look at some of his […]