- Ben Yedder, the “Federer” of ASM
The opportunity was so good… and Monaco almost missed it. While OM lost 2-0 in Rennes, the Monegasques were also trailing by two goals at Louis-II, Saturday during the 37th day. But their captain, Wissam Ben Yedder, rectified the situation against Brest. He scored a hat-trick between the 44th and 54th minute, including a penalty kick. Reverse dynamics and 4-2 victory for the men of the Rock, new dolphins of PSG.
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As a bonus, the French international remains in the race to finish top scorer in Ligue 1, only one unit behind Kylian Mbappé (24 goals, against 25). It was well worth a (barely) excessive tweet from AS Monaco, which sees in him… the “GOAT”.
The second, on the other hand, is a delicious outside of the foot that illustrates how much Mbappé has widened his range this season. Then he scored, too, from the penalty spot. Despite the pressure from Ben Yedder, on his heels in the goals department, he remains the top scorer and the best passer in Ligue 1, 2021-2022 edition. Sunday, it will again be a question next door, with a UNFP trophy ceremony that he marked with a rowdy statement three years ago, and during which his every word will be scrutinized. But at La Mosson, Saturday, it was all about football.
- Messi, a double and a date
The Argentinian did not succeed in his first season at PSG, it is factual, whether in the game or the numbers. Author of a double during the Parisian card at La Mosson against Montpellier, the Pulga may have set a date for a more fluid second season, where he will finally be comfortable in his crampons. He still has for him to have changed his environment after a career entirely spent at FC Barcelona, a specific club in his way of playing. After twenty-one years of Catalan life, the genius of Rosario, 6 goals in Ligue 1 this season alone, has the right to a second chance next season. His end to the season leaves a big reason for hope.
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- Lens, pleasure all the way
No one will blame RC Lens for not playing in Europe next season. Still in the running for a place in the Europa Conference League on the last day, the artesian club, 7th with 61 points and only two points from Strasbourg, offered itself the right to dream of a return to Europe, which would constitute a first since 2007/2008, a season in hell and a descent into Ligue 2 at the time.
Solidly back in the elite, through the game, the RCL has bet on the ball and that is enough for the happiness of its supporters and even of all those who love Ligue 1, seduced by the principles of Sang-et-Or . So, finally, Europe or not, the Lensois season is good. The bar of 60 points was crossed, the team played well and knew how to start again after a more complicated winter. As Franck Haise said, Monaco’s reception will be “a great last game to play“.
- Troyes, Clermont, Lorient: mission accomplished
It hasn’t been easy, but Troyes, Clermont and Lorient will do well in Ligue 1 next season. Very perfectible, but rather strong in terms of identity, especially with the ball for the Clermont offensive, these teams have deserved their maintenance despite the dross or the shortcomings. For Troyes, unable to maintain itself during its last climbs, the hour was to satisfaction despite the defeat at the Aube stadium against Lens (1-3).
“The maintenance is validated, it is never obvious. What pride for the club, the City Group (which bought the club in 2020, editor’s note), the staff, the players… We went through difficult times but we went for this maintenance, which is historic. Despite the defeat, there is therefore enormous satisfaction“, underlined Bruno Irles, hired to maintain the team at mid-season.
- Nice, fishtail end of season
The stunning success against Saint-Etienne has ultimately changed nothing. Beaten by Lille (1-3) in front of their home crowd, OGC Nice lost big in the race for Europe, he who was 4th before attacking the 37th day. Up front thanks to Justin Kluivert’s goal, the Gym then disappeared from the radar screens after returning from the locker room. A total extinction with the air of major mental failure.
A week after losing in the Coupe de France final to Nantes, the Aiglons once again showed their amorphous face. On the side of Christophe Galtier, there was this same feeling of helplessness after the match. The technician had no logical explanation to explain the copy returned in the second half. “It is a very big disappointment. We no longer have our destiny in hand, we could hope for a qualification in the European Cup“.
- Saint-Etienne beaten again, Dupraz dejected, the supporters angry
Where is the hero who saved Toulouse? After a good start for his rescue mission with AS Saint-Etienne, Pascal Dupraz is in the process of dropping the flag. Marked by the defeat of his men against Reims (1-2) at Geoffroy-Guichard, the technician appeared without solutions in front of the press, even dejected.
It was enough to hear his voice, with a slow and weary flow, to end up convincing himself that even the Savoyard had let go in his head. “It’s one defeat too many, but there’s still hope, three points at stake and hope to face Nantes… that’s the mission. And then, we will watch with excitement what will happen on other grounds.” We have seen and heard louder as a speech from him.
After the meeting, supporters threw smoke bombs at the club’s facilities… a symbol of endless anger. A real quagmire.
- PQ and still rotten evening in Bordeaux
The evening in Bordeaux was rich in lessons. First of all on the side of the stands: the Ultramarines, the main ultras group from Bordeaux, received its team in a rather hostile way, before continuing its mission in the spans of the Matmut-Atlantique. With banners, the supporters went around the owner: the group took, Benoît Costil took (the doorman filed a complaint against the group for defamation) and… surprise, even Gérard Lopez took.
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