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Lyon dominate WhoScored’s Ligue 1 team of the month

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Lyon dominate WhoScored’s Ligue 1 team of the month   October was a pivotal month for Lyon as they secured 10 points from a possible 12 available to rise to third in table. Having been held by Angers, they then went on to brush defending champions Monaco, Troyes and Metz aside. As such, it’s no surprise to see them with four representativ...

WhoScored's Young Team of the Season

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WhoScored's Young Team of the Season   With an ever-increasing coverage of football across Europe’s top five leagues, fans and teams alike are key to hunt down the next up and coming young player in a bid to discover a diamond in the rough. With that, we at WhoScored.com - using our unique rating system - have formulated th...

Team Focus: Dembélé Decisive for Rennes in Hope Versus Hopeless

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Team Focus: Dembélé Decisive for Rennes in Hope Versus Hopeless   Rolland Courbis is not famed for keeping his head down, but his post-match press conference at the weekend began with an uncharacteristic step away from the night’s main theme. “It’s not on an evening when a colleague quits that I’m going to brag,” he said after...

Team Focus: Are Rennes Finally On Their Way Up?

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Team Focus: Are Rennes Finally On Their Way Up?   Never judge any team on the first day of their season. Stade Rennais, to widespread surprise, are the latest to prove that cliché true. When they were beaten 2-1 at Bastia in their season opener, you’d have given coach Philippe Montanier little chance of hanging onto his job unt...

Team Focus: Rennes' Green Shoots of Recovery Frustrate Marseille

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Team Focus: Rennes' Green Shoots of Recovery Frustrate Marseille If you had to choose a Ligue 1 coach to babysit your kids, who would it be? There are plenty of good candidates; Hubert Fournier allows his young charges at Lyon to tread the line between precociousness and sensibility, Marcelo Bielsa’s tough love approach has worked well for Marseille (despi...

Match Focus: Coach Courbis Resurrects Old Magic to Undo In-form Rennes

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Match Focus: Coach Courbis Resurrects Old Magic to Undo In-form Rennes   “When you don't respect certain principles of effort and technique, football is brutal, and it’s brought us back to reality.” Philippe Montanier's summary of the abrupt end to Rennes' 8-match unbeaten run on Saturday night - with a surprise 4-0 home defeat to Montpellier - ...

Team Focus: What’s Going Wrong for Montanier at Rennes?

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Team Focus: What’s Going Wrong for Montanier at Rennes? There are many variations of circumspection that the majority of footballers employ in post-match interviews, flitting between platitudes, faux humility and light boredom. One we rarely see is genuine, sunken-faced concern, but that was the mood of Rennes’ goalkeeper Benoît Costil after...

League Focus: Three Pivotal Matches in Ligue 1’s Battle at the Bottom

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League Focus: Three Pivotal Matches in Ligue 1’s Battle at the Bottom   Montpellier v Monaco   This should read as a meeting of some promise, with the 2012 champions taking on stylish, nouveau riche visitors. In fact, we have two teams with wildly divergent aims. Montpellier have lost the fewest matches in the bottom nine (6) but are hovering above the drop...

Team Focus: Brittany Fears: Where the Ligue 1 Title Could be Won & Lost

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Team Focus: Brittany Fears: Where the Ligue 1 Title Could be Won & Lost   It was a strange weekend over in Ligue 1. Over 48 hours only 22 goals were scored in ten games, and eight of those came in the epic 4-4 battle between Lyon and PSG. In Saturday’s 6 o’clock kick-offs only nine goals were scored. Of all ten games, only three of the sides playing aw...

Team Focus: Europe's Youngest Squads

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Team Focus: Europe's Youngest Squads   We at WhoScored have decided to investigate the clubs in Europe's top 5 leagues who are most willing to rely on their younger stars by accumulating the average age of each squad. Only players to have played a part in at least 5 league games were considered to filter out the odd sub appearanc...

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