Ligue 1 – 79 points, 34 reds, 0 wins… The surprising figures after 8 days


79

This is the number of points taken, in aggregate, by the top 4 of Ligue 1. It is on the one hand historic, since it is the highest total reached by the first four after eight days in the French championship , as Opta points out. But also surprising, since behind Paris (22 points) and Marseille (20pts), it is Lorient (19pts) and Lens (18pts) which have the best results. The Sang et Or are starting to get us used to the cannon starts. Much less hake

But FCL, which has only lost once since the start of the season, is walking on water. His coach Régis Le Bris thus achieved the highest total of points taken by a coach for his first eight matches in the elite of French football. Unexpected, to put it mildly.

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34

This is a number that has multiplied spectacularly from week to week, in Ligue 1: that of the red cards distributed since the resumption. And it all started very strong, with a record third day where 11 exclusions were recorded. For comparison, only four exclusions have been recorded after seven Premier League days. British referees are not the most inclined to take out the cracker, of course. They even regularly fall into the opposite excess.

But La Liga (19 reds), Serie A (15) and the Bundesliga (12) are also significantly below. If the French championship is at least a day ahead of the rest of the elite of European football, the averages remain incomparable… except in Ligue 2, which is even « better », with 45 reds.

If these 34 expulsions call out, it is above all the nature of these that has regularly caused talk. A very large handful were at least debatable, like the Bradley Locko, Jean-Clair Todibo and Sofiane Boufal cases last Sunday.

Oscar Garcia angry after Bradley Locko was sent off against Monaco.

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18

Either the number of shots attempted by the left piston of Olympique de Marseille, Nuno Tavares. The player on loan from Arsenal certainly plays in a more attacking role than a classic side. But with his 18 attempts, he is in the top 20 of Ligue 1 after eight days, in 19th place. He does better, for example, than several attackers who need no introduction, such as Terem Moffi, Breel Embolo, Ludovic Ajorque or even Kévin Gameiro.

And it paid off: with three goals, the Portuguese scored more in eight days than he had accumulated since the start of his professional career. The symbol of an OM whose system is largely based on the animation of its corridors and the changes of sides. His counterpart on the right side, Jonathan Clauss, has nothing to be ashamed of either, he who has already struck 12 times. But without scoring.

Nuno Tavares celebrates his goal during the match between Nice and Marseille on August 28, 2022 in Ligue 1

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9

Speaking of decisive player… and surprise, here is another interesting case: that of Dango Ouattara. We mentioned it above, Lorient carbide. And the Burkinabé winger benefits from it, since he has been decisive nine times since the start of the season, with four goals and five assists. Enough to integrate, in 6th place, the top 10 of the most decisive players in the five major championships.

A position to put into perspective, since he has played at least two more matches than his competitors abroad. He is nonetheless the third most decisive player in Ligue 1, behind Neymar (8 goals, 7 assists in 8 matches) and Lionel Messi (4 goals, 7 assists in 8 matches), but ahead of a certain Kylian Mbappé ( 7 goals in 7 matches).

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0

Eight days is obviously too short to draw definitive conclusions. But it is enough to identify clear trends. 0 is the number of victories recorded by Strasbourg since the start of the season. Ranked 18th in Ligue 1 with its five draws and three defeats, Julien Stéphan’s team can no longer find the key, after finishing at the foot of the top 5 last season (17 wins). Habib Diallo gets away with his 3 goals, but Ludovic Ajorque and Kévin Gameiro are stuck at 1 goal. That’s part of the problem.

0 is also the number of defeats for Lens, one of the three teams still undefeated, with Paris and Marseille. PSG seem untouchable, OM have not yet faced very heavy. But the Sang et Or, they particularly marked the spirits by beating Monaco (1-4) and Rennes (2-1), two contenders for European places. With manner, in addition. Above all, when the formation of Franck Haise evolved in numerical inferiority in Reims (1-1) or ran out of steam in Nantes (0-0), it knew how to ensure the essential. This season more than ever, Europe seems to be accessible to him.

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