L1 – Leo Messi’s gem, the incorrigible Anthony Lopes and festive atmosphere: the tops and flops of Day 1

the peaks

The Gabriel-Montpied stadium did not make a mistake. While his Clermont team had just conceded a synonymous 5-0 goal, “Messiiii, Messiiii, Messiiii“Worthy of Camp Nou down the stretch. Because the Argentine scored a rare goal after an almost perfect technical sequence: chest control from his back to the goal and an acrobatic turn to conclude. “A New Pearl” to his beloved repertoire Ole, the Argentinian newspaper, which came to reassure about the form of the Ballon d’Or setup. “It’s Leo” Christophe Galtier simply snorted in amazement into the microphone of Channel + when he was questioned about this gesture. It’s Leo and it’s beautiful.

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On paper, Sofiane Diop and Krepin Diatta are not undisputed starters in Monaco. However, it is thanks to them that the ASM made a success in its entrance in the matter against Strasbourg (1-2). A few days before the second leg against PSV Eindhoven, Philippe Clément had decided to rotate, without his family seeming upset. The former, omnipresent and goalscorer, was a constant poison despite his unclear personal situation. The second, returned after a very long absence, signaled with a volley of little purity. All in all, Clément has options and, given the Monegasque calendar, this is excellent news. “There are several players who have scored pointshe admitted This is very important for the coming weeks and months. We have to be much more than eleven or fourteen players, we have to have a squad with a lot of players available”.

  • The atmosphere for the return of L1

Obviously, we noticed the atmosphere in the stands after the numerous incidents that occurred last season. But it was enthusiasm and fervor that prevailed. From Friday at the Groupama Stadium, with nearly 50,000 spectators to attend OL-Ajaccio in mid-August. There was also atmosphere in Strasbourg, in Lens, already sold out with 38,000 fans to push Racing to victory over Brest (3-2), in Lille with more than 30,000 people despite the tensions between LOSC and its supporters the last season A festive recovery in the stands also marked by the beautiful tribute of the Angevins to their emblematic managers who left this summer. We really prefer to see stadiums like this.

The worst was to be feared for OM after a very tense preparation. But Marseille shone with a great victory over Reims (4-1). A success that has happened mainly on the wings, where the Marseille recruits have already had an immediate impact. First Jonathan Clauss, who pushed Wout Faes into his own half with a perfectly placed cross from the right. Next, Nuno Tavares started on his left side before sending a clear shot with his right foot into the opposite corner of the Reims goal. Marseille’s pistons did what was necessary for OM to soar to success.

The flops

  • Lopes, the umpteenth kamikaze outing

Several times a year, Anthony Lopes reopens a debate that has continued to accompany his career. Is Lyon’s goalkeeper dangerous? He has always denied it, but this new season has started badly, with a particularly aggressive intervention on Ajaccien El Idrissy. This uncontrolled start logically earned him an exclusion (25th), while his team had achieved a perfect first half hour. Fortunately for him, the Gones folded without breaking in numerical inferiority. But what saved his family several times last season is likely to still be at the center of discussions in the coming days.

  • Auxerre, the worrying return to L1

It had been ten years since AJA had played a Ligue 1 match. They expected a lot from their return to the top flight. And certainly something more than his nightmare start in Lille. A goal conceded after only 36 seconds of play, two minutes later another, a set of defensive errors and, at the end, a strong setback against the northerners who have not asked so much to delight their audience (4 -1). At least Auxerre already knows what not to do to avoid the elevator…

  • The “lawn” of La Mosson

Montpellier and the Trojans really deserved to put on a great show in La Mosson (3-2). The Hérault turf, already strained by the Hérault drought, has been further degraded by the development of a fungus that is particularly difficult to eradicate in these atmospheric conditions. Despite the considerable work of the gardeners, the yellowish and sparse ground was unworthy of a League 1 match. at the entrance of the surface, it is even more remarkable.

  • Rennes, the thesis of the accident

This is the last false start. Rennes, L1’s second-ranked attack last season, but looked capable of making their comeback against Lorient, 16th defense of the elite in 2021-22. But Rennes’ offensive line was silent, either because of clumsiness (21 shots, only 6 on target), or because of the absence of an excellent Yvon Mvogo in the Merlus goal. In the end, we didn’t recognize Bruno Genesio’s very attractive team that for his part asked for humility. Maybe it was an accident. At least that’s what the Bretons will have to prove next week during a delicate trip to Monaco.

Gaëtan Laborde against Lorient

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