Ligue 1 Matchday 11 Review

By  Umair Asif - 1 November 2016

Ligue 1 Matchday 11 saw the league leaders, OGC Nice, stretch their lead with an emphatic win over Nantes, while the champions, PSG, drew level on points with Monaco after emerging victorious against LOSC Lille. The 10th goal of the season from Edison Cavani helped the defending champions keep the chase going.

The resolute Saint-Etienne defense thwarted Nice’s closet chasers, Monaco, forcing them to settle for a draw. However, Lyon visited high-flying Toulouse and managed to end their unenviable run of defeats with a hard-fought away win. The win will be crucial for Lyon as they are next placed in a make or break clash against Juventus in the Champions League. Let’s see if they can carry something from this win to their next all important clash. 

Rudi Garcia took charge at Marseille and his second consecutive game ended in a draw. The draw against Bordeaux saw Marseille climb to the 10th place. Things will start working, although there’s lot to be done but there are some positives to take away, as said by Rudi Garcia, Marseille’s new manager in charge.  

On the other hand, Rennes and Guingamp climbed to 5th and 4th place respectively with both sides locked on 20 points after their 1-0 home wins. With all this, Ligue 1 is getting interesting with every Matchday. The congestion at the top is getting strong but Nice is trying hard to extend their lead and sustain their dominance.  

Fixture of the Week

Nancy 2-0 Caen

The bottom of the table clash saw Nancy come on top with a convincing 2-goal win. Both teams are placed 18th and 19th respectively and a win holds immense vitality for both sides. But it was Nancy who stood victorious in this all-important clash. The newly promoted side, Nancy, confirmed their resurgence but the most important task is still an unsettled affair.    

Team of the Round

Lyon

The trip to Toulouse was not an easy one for Lyon in the current circumstances but the former heavyweights were well prepared for this tie. An away win and that too against a side well placed this season is a moral boaster before they face Juventus in the Champions League. Definitely, Lyon will be the side with confidence but even if they lose against the mighty Italians, nothing is lost in Ligue 1.   

Player of the Week

 Wylan Cyprien

The rising star, Wylan Cyprien, has been pivotal in OGC Nice’s success this season and has been influential throughout. This young talent has everything essential to be a football great and he showcased that beautifully against Saint-Etienne this weekend. His brace helped his side earn a convincing victory, helping them stretch their lead at the top.

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