the statistics to remember from this start of the season — Foot11.com


While many Ligue 1 players are in selection for the international break, let’s take a look at the most impressive statistics from this start to the season in the league. More

After eight days and while the clubs are resting during the international break, let’s come back to this start to the Ligue 1 season. What are the figures to remember? Which statistics should be highlighted in particular?

What is the start of the “MNM” season worth?

Paris Saint-Germain’s start to the season is almost perfect. With two victories in as many Champions League matches and seven games won out of eight in Ligue 1, the Parisians already dominate the championship. Beyond these figures, it is the state of mind of the players that is put forward. The Parisians would be much more involved and the attacking trio at an exceptional level.

What is the start of the MNM season worth in Ligue 1?
What is the start of the MNM season worth in Ligue 1? (Icon Sports)

In order to better compare the statistics of the trio compared to previous seasons, we are interested in the number of minutes passing between two goals or assists of these players in Ligue 1 (Lionel Messi is therefore also compared to his statistics in Barcelona). Thus, it is possible to compare performances despite the low number of meetings this season and the years truncated by COVID.

Mbappé constant, Neymar more effective than ever

Over the past three seasons, Mbappé has managed nearly one goal per game in Ligue 1 (one goal every 93 minutes on average). During the first eight games of this Ligue 1 season, Mbappé scored every 84 minutes, a result in his average of recent seasons. Neymar, for his part, displays statistics this season far superior to the last seasons. This season, he scores every 77 minutes in Ligue 1, a figure almost twice as high as in previous seasons! We note, finally, that Messi, after a complicated season, is getting closer to his statistics for the last Barcelona seasons.

Number of minutes between two league goals for the MNM
Number of minutes between two league goals for the MNM

Mbappé less passer, Neymar and Messi impressive

The numbers are all the more telling when looking at assist statistics. If Mbappé has not succeeded this season, no assist in Ligue 1, Lionel Messi and Neymar turn to impressive statistics. Authors, respectively, of a decisive pass every 88 and 101 minutes, the two stars offer a lot of caviars. It’s quite simple, in their entire career, Neymar and Messi have never reached such figures in the league.

Number of minutes between two assists in the league for the MNM
Number of minutes between two assists in the league for the MNM

Ligue 1, the red card championship?

If you follow Ligue 1 diligently, you must have noticed that a lot of red cards have come out this season. What could be the reason? Let’s analyze the expulsion figures compared to other seasons and other leagues.

So many red cards in Ligue 1 this season!
So many red cards in Ligue 1 this season! (Icon Sports)

The statistics are very interesting on the subject. When comparing the number of fouls and yellow cards per game, the figures are surprisingly extremely consistent across seasons. Since 2017, the number of fouls per game and the number of yellow cards per game has not changed by more than 5%. The explanation does not therefore seem to come from a really more violent start to the championship.

Comparison of the number of fouls and yellow cards in Ligue 1 per season
Comparison of the number of fouls and yellow cards in Ligue 1 per season

Conversely, when we look at the number of red cards distributed this season in Ligue 1, we notice very quickly that this figure explodes. While in recent seasons the number of red cards per game has stagnated between 0.22 and 0.27, the figure has almost doubled this season (0.42)!

Comparison of the number of red cards in Ligue 1 per season
Comparison of the number of red cards in Ligue 1 per season.

The explanation could be very simple: the number of red cards has increased, because the rules of European football have evolved. Unfortunately, the comparison with foreign championships cancels this hypothesis. With 0.42 red cards per match, Ligue 1 is, in fact, largely « ahead » of the other European championships. Special mention for the Premier League, whose referees have so far been very stingy with red cards this season.

Comparison of the number of red cards in Ligue 1 compared to other major European leagues
Comparison of the number of red cards in Ligue 1 compared to other major European leagues

This L1 season is therefore made up of some of the players with the most impressive statistics in its history and referees drawing faster than their shadows. We are definitely looking forward to the French championship resuming!



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