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Neymar sets the standard in the September Ligue 1 best XI

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Neymar sets the standard in the September Ligue 1 best XI   Having pumped out our Premier League, Serie A and Bundesliga teams of the month for September, we now move on to Ligue 1, where PSG are leading the charge for the title. The Parisian giants are yet to lose a game this season, picking up 22 points of a possible 24, and it’s their big mo...

Team Focus: Nantes Reach Up Towards Former Glories

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Team Focus: Nantes Reach Up Towards Former Glories   There will have been worse hangovers this weekend. After a heady Saturday night at Stade de la Beaujoire - and there are few arenas in France that whip up such an intoxicating atmosphere at their best - Nantes supporters will have woken up, rubbed their eyes and been able to see their side i...

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...

Team Focus: Nantes' Unlikely Climb Continues Due to Mastery of the Basics

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Team Focus: Nantes' Unlikely Climb Continues Due to Mastery of the Basics   The curious, yet established practice of match-in-progress interviews in Ligue 1 continues to yield interesting results. Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout was pulled aside for a quick word as he trudged off the field for a half-time breather after a taxing first 45 minutes at Caen on Saturda...

Team Focus: Nantes are Safe in Ligue 1 – But for How Long?

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Team Focus: Nantes are Safe in Ligue 1 – But for How Long? Some pairings just sound right. Friday night’s encounter between Nantes and Marseille was one that had – and always will have – a pleasing ring about it to Ligue 1 traditionalists. The two clubs have 17 league titles between them and even with neither side threatening to add to th...

League Focus: Can Anybody Stop Lille Finishing Third in Ligue 1?

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League Focus: Can Anybody Stop Lille Finishing Third in Ligue 1? Having began Sunday evening knowing a win would take them into second place in Ligue 1, Lille had the opportunity to build further on a stunning first half of the campaign in which they garnered 40 points - a pre-Christmas record for a third-placed team. In the end, the surprise home defeat to an u...

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