A new face at the top of the France championship, surprise teams that hold the road and supposed cadors not necessarily successful this weekend... State of play after the 7th matchday of Ligue 1 played this weekend.
- Ligue 1 schedule and results
- Ligue 1 standings
Brest loses its throne, Monaco benefits
Change of leader. Surprising first, Brest gave way to Monaco, falling to Marseille (3-2) Saturday night after a very spectacular match. The Bretons, yet authors of a precious draw in Nice (0-0) under the Côte d'Azur sun Sunday afternoon, remain on the podium equal points with the men of the Rock. Sign of a stunning Ligue 1, the podium is completed by Reims, winner of Lyon (2-0). After seven rounds, few observers would have bet on the presence of Brest, Reims and Nice in the first four places of the ranking.
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In the midst of the crisis, OL is hard to see
Silence, we sink. The Lyon boat is in distress and close to hitting rock bottom after the new defeat - the fifth in seven days - against Reims. Without ideas or creativity, OL, now managed by Fabio Grosso, who must be wondering where he has put his feet in the face of so much weakness, finds themselves last. "We do not have the right to be where we are, assumes Corentin Tolisso, the child of the club on the verge of tears. I am very touched, we are in a critical situation. " Between a team adrift, overrated players and strangely silent but equally responsible leaders, the Rhone club is hard to see. The dreams of the Champions League proclaimed by the new owners this summer make some smile or annoy others. Today, Olympique Lyonnais, a monument of French football, plays the maintenance.
First miss for Gattuso at OM
"I liked the personality of the players." In the absence of a victory for his debut with Olympique de Marseille, Gennaro Gattuso preferred to salute the performance of his men, beaten Saturday night by Monaco (3-2) in the shock of the 7th day. In a Louis-II stadium not even full, sign of the lack of interest of the inhabitants of the Rock for this poster, OM missed the opportunity to find colors after the slap suffered against PSG (4-0) last Sunday.
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However, the Marseille formation led twice to the score (Ndiaye and Gigot), before being taken back and distanced by ASM (doubled by Akliouche and Balogun). Too weak defensively and weighed down by its managers (Aubameyang, Rongier, Mbemba, Lopez) not at the level, Marseille concluded a catastrophic month of September (3 draws, 2 losses) for a contender for the podium. The work is huge for Gattuso.
Lens finds colors, Paris disappoints
Expected this week in the Champions League, against Arsenal Tuesday night for the Northerners and Wednesday in Newcastle on the side of the Parisians, the two French representatives in C1 have experienced various fortunes this weekend. Without developing a shimmering football, RC Lens signed its second consecutive victory in Ligue 1 Friday night against Strasbourg (0-1) thanks to a goal from Wahi. After a cataclysmic start to the season (1 draw and 4 losses), Franck Haise's team is back in shape.
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A good omen before the gala match against the Gunners in a Bollaert stadium on big nights. On the road to Clermont on Saturday afternoon (0-0), Paris SG did not confirm its good performance during the Classic. The fault to Auvergnats well in place and supportive, but also to less dashing Parisian individualities. Without a precious Donnarumma, Paris could even have conceded its second defeat of the season against the last of Ligue 1 (before this day). A real counter-performance not very reassuring before challenging Newcastle and its supporters on Wednesday.