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Six of the Best: Loanees impressing in Europe's top 5 leagues

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Six of the Best: Loanees impressing in Europe's top 5 leagues   Allan Saint-Maximin (Bastia from Monaco)He may need to work on his end product, with modest returns of 3 goals and 2 assists, but 19-year old Saint-Maximin has shown great promise this season. Joining Bastia on loan from Monaco following an unfruitful spell with Hannover in the Bundesliga, t...

Player Focus: Lemar Returns in Style as Caen Hold Firm Against Monaco

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Player Focus: Lemar Returns in Style as Caen Hold Firm Against Monaco   “He’s a boy who’s always listening, with an enormous amount of humility. He’s going to the very top.” Caen captain Alaeddine Yahia’s assessment of his former teammate Thomas Lemar, delivered to beIN Sports after the 20-year-old returned with Monaco on Frid...

WhoScored Tipster: The Weekend's Top Tips Across Europe

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WhoScored Tipster: The Weekend's Top Tips Across Europe   It is becoming routine to see the main event in England played out on a Monday night: this time around it is also the biggest game of the weekend across Europe and the only direct clash at the top of a table. Arsenal-Manchester City could be especially relevant to the aspirations of their se...

Team Focus: Caen Flying High in Ligue 1’s Season of the Underdog

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Team Focus: Caen Flying High in Ligue 1’s Season of the Underdog   Habitually, the post-match treadmill for a head coach is meticulously planned. Back to the dressing room for an initial debrief with the players, then it’s onto the main press conference with waiting journalists. The television cameras get their footage either before or after, before t...

Team Focus: Bielsa Exit Leaves Marseille at Crisis Point

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Team Focus: Bielsa Exit Leaves Marseille at Crisis Point   Sunday morning’s edition of La Provence needed little wit or nuance to sell its main story. The cover said it all, a gut punch to Olympique de Marseille fans – “Bielsa démissione” (Bielsa resigns) was the headline, plastered over a photo of the coach on the tou...

Team Focus: Brilliant Benezet Sums Up Evian’s Predicament

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Team Focus: Brilliant Benezet Sums Up Evian’s Predicament   "There are still six points to play for," insisted Evian Thonon-Gaillard’s coach Pascal Dupraz after Saturday’s defeat to Reims. A sortie for such a cliché, inevitably laden with impending doom, only compounded a crushing loss that leaves the Annecy-based club staring rele...

League Focus: Relegation Battle Tightens on Ligue 1’s Binary Sunday

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League Focus: Relegation Battle Tightens on Ligue 1’s Binary Sunday 1-0, 1-0, 0-1, 1-0, 0-1, 0-0. The Sunday afternoon multiplex in Ligue 1 might have looked unappetising viewing on paper – with the final five being played simultaneously, after the Saturday schedule was cleared for the Coupe de la Ligue final – but there was no shortage of tension.At th...

Player Focus: Fabulous Féret Rolls Back the Years as Caen Start Climbing

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Player Focus: Fabulous Féret Rolls Back the Years as Caen Start Climbing It wasn’t exactly a vintage weekend in Ligue 1. The final count of 10 goals across the games represented the lowest collective total since the 32nd round of the 2006/07 season.As snow fell, frost bit and all and sundry complained about the state of the pitches, it wasn’t all gloom, thou...

Player Focus: The Speeding Bulot

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Player Focus: The Speeding Bulot   Monaco’s relegation to Ligue 2 started a fire sale of their best assets. Stephane Ruffier moved to Saint-Etienne for a cut-price deal, Nicolas Nkoulou moved across to Marseille and the impressive Benjamin Moukandjo swapped the principality for Tomblaine and AS Nancy. One player who mov...

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