Tribute to Vélodrome, 91.67%, prolific midfielders at PSG and porous defense: the ups and downs of matchday eight


  • This time David is off to a good start
Last season, its ignition delay had sparked a lot of conversation. Jonathan David, the most expensive recruit in LOSC history, had taken eleven days to unlock his counter. For his second season in L1, the Canadian started much stronger, as evidenced by his decisive double against Strasbourg on Saturday (1-2).

Despite Lille’s difficult start to the year and the first three goalless days, David has already scored four goals in eight games. That puts him in contact with Mbappé or Dembélé, and a long Gouiri, top scorer of the elite at the moment. At this rate, his thirteen goals from last year should be easily surpassed. And it still acts like a lucky charm: Lille have won all 14 games in which David scored.

Jonathan David scorer with LOSC

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  • In Paris, the circles hit the target

Not Verratti? Don’t worry about Paris. By force, we almost forgot that PSG have played six of their eight league games without their Italian midfielder. Because in his absence, Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera had a great time. Against Montpellier, the two men still took care of everything: always so precious in the recovery, the Senegalese and the Spanish again made sparks in the offensive plan. The first opened the scoring with a sumptuous blow, with his left foot. The second hit the crossbar just before half-time. So here they are tied, with three goals each this season. Only Kylian Mbappé does better for the Parisian club.

  • Marseille and Lensois supporters united in tribute

There was no apparent tension between Lensois and the Marseille fans at the Vélodrome on Sunday. A return to the norm that is good, a week after a northern derby marked by the invasion of Bollaert’s grass, at halftime, and while the incidents in the stands (and even to the pitch) are legion from the start it’s from the season.

Blood and Gold and Phocaeans were even close for a few moments. Paying tribute to a member of the Fans named Clément, who passed away Wednesday night to Thursday, returning from OM’s trip to Angers. Songs in his honor were sung by both sides of the audience, while the Marseille players wore a T-shirt with the inscription “Clement Forever Fans” during their warm-up.

The Marseille fans’ tribute to Clément during the match between Marseille and Lens, on September 26, 2021, in Ligue 1

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  • 100% success for penalty shooters … except Gouiri

David, Faivre, Mangani, Sotoca, Payet. What do these five men have in common? All five fired and converted a penalty on the eighth matchday. And that’s anything but anecdotal. Since the start of the season, 24 penalty kicks have been awarded. And 22 of them became a goal. Enough to bring the success rate to 91.67%. This percentage has never been higher in the last 30 seasons, in Ligue 1. Furthermore, only one man has failed in this exercise so far: the unfortunate Amine Gouiri, at 2/4.

  • Garcia’s winning coach

The very beautiful inspiration of the weekend is for Oscar García. A few minutes after his men conceded the draw against Nantes, the Spanish coach decided to make three changes at once. With, in particular, the entry of Hugo Ekitike. Results? Reims finally won (3-1) this Sunday, thanks to a double from the new entrant, in eight flat minutes. The famous “winning coaching”.

Hugo Ekitike, right, author of a double for Reims against Nantes (3-1), on 09/26/2021 in Ligue 1

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the flops

  • Bajic, the bad recovery that ruins everything

For just under an hour, Stefan Bajic succeeded in everything. A double parade from the start of the match, a head-to-head won against Gouiri … in short, the Saint-Etienne goalkeeper, lined up in place of the suspended Etienne Green, largely kept Saint-Etienne afloat against Nice on Saturday. Yes, but now, he completely missed a raise at the worst moment, as the Greens were chasing the scoreboard and seemed, little by little, to gain an advantage over the Aiglons. The 19-year-old goalkeeper was immediately sanctioned by Stengs (0-2, 54th). And Sainté never recovered (0-3).

Denayer, Boateng, Slimani: OL hit by a massacre

Peter Bosz’s fears were confirmed. On Friday, the OL coach mentioned the packages of Moussa Dembélé and Malo Gusto for the game against Lorient in these terms: “I am worried of course, but I have been worried for a few weeks when I see the calendar. […] I’m afraid I have injuries. It will happen again, unfortunately. ”The Dutchman was not wrong.

This Saturday at the Groupama Stadium (1-1), Lyon lost for the first time Jason Denayer, injured at the beginning of the match. Then, in the second half, Jérôme Boateng and Islam Slimani (who came into play a little earlier) also had to give up their place. The infirmary is full, before C3, and especially the Saint-Etienne derby …

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  • Rennes, same occasions, different conclusions

A week ago, Rennes had offered an offensive festival against Clermont (6-0). The Bretons had tried no less than 21 shots, of which 10 on target. On Sunday in Bordeaux, Bruno Genesio’s men had hardly fewer chances (18 shots, 8 on target). But the result was very different (1-1). Blame it on Benoît Costil, first, but also on the chronic lack of realism of the SRFC players. The potential is there. It remains to find the right carburetion.

  • In Clermont, there are always doors open

We are not going to complain: in Ligue 1, Clermont has decided to stay true to its principles. Whatever the circumstances. A week after conceding six goals in Rennes, Pascal Gastin’s men have still decided to play Sunday’s game against Monaco. First it paid off, since the promoted logically opened the scoring. But then they suffered from the cold realism of ASM, who scored three goals on their only three shots on goal of the match. On arrival, the note is salty: Mohamed Bayo’s teammates have conceded fourteen goals in their last four games. Will the Clermontois have to adjust the game?

The Monegasques celebrate Kevin Volland’s goal during Clermont-Monaco (1-3) on matchday eight of Ligue 1

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