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the 10 highlights of the first part of the season

Goals, assists, faults or even possession: find the most striking figures in Ligue 1 at mid-season.


Arrived a little by surprise at Paris Saint-Germain this summer after his non-extension at FC Barcelona, ​​Lionel Messi was eagerly awaited in this first part of the season. It is clear that the now seven-time Ballon d’Or disappointed during these first months on the French lawns. While all savvy observers agreed that he was going to walk in Ligue 1, as he had done so well in La Liga for many years, the Argentine has only scored one small goal in 11 appearances. in the French championship. A figure far from its usual standards which earned it a place among our flops at mid-season. Fortunately, the Pulga, still delivered 4 assists for his teammates.

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This season, Ligue 1 has evolved. It has become more spectacular and the teams are moving more and more forward. Evidenced by the number of goals scored per match: 2.79 (b / m); nearly 28 achievements (27.95 b / m) scored on each day of the championship. The last quarter of an hour of play is the most prolific. The French teams have found the net there 123 times, which represents 23.16% of the goals scored.


Téji Savanier walks on the water in this first part of the season. Capable of distilling caviar for his teammates, the Montpellier playmaker also stood out in the stopped phases. In 16 Ligue 1 matches, the former Nîmes scored no less than three direct free kicks: the first against FC Lorient in August, the second against FC Metz at the beginning of December and the last in the middle of the week against at Angers SCO. It is quite simply the highest total among the five biggest European leagues.


In recent months, Kylian Mbappé has been able to evolve his game to put himself more at the service of his teammates. The Paris Saint-Germain center forward is the best passer in the French championship after the first leg with 8 assists on the clock. This is already more than his number of offerings last season (7).


Jonathan David continues to shine. After difficult first months with LOSC last season, the Canadian showed the full extent of his talent during the second part of the 2020-2021 year, during the quest for the title of champion of France. This season, the 21-year-old center-forward has kept the same momentum. While Ligue 1 has a myriad of very great offensive players, the former La Gantoise striker takes first place in the scorers’ classification with 12 goals. His runner-up, Wissam Ben Yedder, is two units behind him.


We were expecting Olympique de Marseille on the offensive side. But it is rather on the defensive aspect that the men of Jorge Sampaoli have distinguished themselves. With only 15 goals conceded since the start of the season – with one game less – the Phocaeans have the best defense in the championship. Pau López, who relegated Marseille legend Steve Mandanda to the substitutes’ bench, is the goalkeeper who has achieved the most clean sheets (meeting without conceding a goal). He shares this title with Stade Rennais goalkeeper Alfred Gomis (8).


Ligue 1 has been known for many years to be a choppy, physical championship. This season is no exception to the rule. In the first leg of the championship, 22.89 faults were called per match. That is to say that the officials are forced to intervene a little less than every four minutes over the whole of regulation time to grant a free kick to one of the two teams. 726 yellow cards (3.82 per game) have been distributed while 51 red cards (0.27 per game) have been released since August.


Despite the criticism raining down on his game, Paris Saint-Germain is largely the best attack of this first part of the championship. Driven among others by the excellent Kylian Mbappé, the Rouge et Bleu have already scored 39 goals in 19 games, or just over 2 goals per game. The Stade Rennais of the remarkable attacking duo Gaëtan Laborde-Martin Terrier and the RC Strasbourg Alsace of the admirable Ludovic Ajorque are behind with 34 goals scored.


It is in percentage the average possession of Paris Saint-Germain. The capital club, which sometimes has trouble finding the loophole in the last opposing third, is the team that monopolizes the ball the most in Ligue 1 this season (63.54%). It is far ahead of Jorge Sampaoli’s Olympique de Marseille (58.67% possession on average) and AS Monaco (57, 59%).


If Olympique Lyonnais has not shown itself to its advantage since August, its goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, had the opportunity. The Portuguese took advantage of the defensive largesse of his team to stand out by making no less than 67 saves. It is quite simply the best total in the championship. Benoît Costil and Gauthier Gallon completed the podium in the ranking for the greatest number of saves with respectively 61 and 60 successful parades. The excellent performance of the Lyonnais allowed him to join our typical team at mid-season.


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