these recruits who (already) shone on Day 1

Aaron Ramsey (OGC Nice), Luis Suarez (Olympique de Marseille), Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais). panoramic

Ligue 1 has barely signed its return when several additions have already caused a stir and allowed their team to start the season well.

What could be better for a rookie than to be decisive in his first match? This performance is not offered to all football players, and yet… For its great comeback, Ligue 1 experienced excitement throughout France this weekend for a few new figures.

Ramsey dispels (somewhat) the doubts

On the Cote d’Azur, Nice has already fired up their Welshman Aaron Ramsey. The former Arsenal and Juventus player arrives from Rangers (Scotland) and already saves his family. From his first ball, Aiglon took off and scored his first goal in Ligue 1. With Brahimi’s cross from the right, Ramsey took the lead with a touch and sent a delicious curling shot in the left corner of Dupe (Toulouse). . This is what we call a successful debut for a player escorted by doubts… Badly embarked on, the Nice team recover, thanks to this goal, a miraculous point at the Stadium.

In Marseille, terrible pistons and a (very) inspired coating

Not far from the French Riviera, at the Velodrome, emotions have also appeared there. During the advances of Jonathan Clauss, who had just arrived from Lens, and the Portuguese Nuno Tavares, a whole stadium was raised, already seduced by the level of play offered by the two players. Recruited this summer, Clauss and Tavares fired the teams against Reims, while contributing heavily to OM’s 4-1 win (one set up CSC de Faes in the 13th minute, the other doubled the bet just before the break and was voted man of the match). ). Enough to allow fans of the Marseille club to get carried away a little before the rest of the championship. Legend has it that the names of Roberto Carlos and Jonathan Clauss were heard in the same sentence on the terraces of Port Vell.

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And in Marseille, in addition to the victory of course, it was the performance of a Colombian that delighted the observers. Replacing Milik in the 63rd minute, debutant Luis Suárez started with a double goal (75th; 90th + 3) in less than half an hour of play. Suffice it to say that the 24-year-old forward has nothing to envy his Uruguayan namesake.

OL finds its “General”, Lorient and Toulouse discover its nugget

When one Olympique is reassured by its newcomers, the other trusts in its seniors. OL found their “General” this Friday against Ajaccio (2-1). Author of a decisive pass for Tete, and a penalty goal, Lacazette took his club to the top, after a very complicated 2021-2022 season (only 8th in the championship). OL had lost its luster but seems to have reconnected with its fans. Jean-Michel Aulas and Peter Bosz are betting on a perfect balance between the experience of “old men” like Lacazette or Tolisso, and the freshness of youngsters like Johann Lepenant (recruited this summer in Caen). The 19-year-old illuminated the City of Light with his genius, for his big debut among the greats.

The wall of Mvogo

Much further north now, Rennes (4th in Ligue 1 last year) awaited their turn. However, in a Breton derby that will not go down in history, it was precisely Lorient who created the surprise at Roazhon Park (0-1). And that performance is largely down to Lorient goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, who nobody expected at this level. The Swiss folded but never broke in Rennes’ 21 shots on Sunday afternoon. He even allowed himself to annihilate the last hopes of Bruno Génésio’s men in a brilliant last-ditch effort (against Doku at 90 + 4). Mvogo, who never had a chance at Lepizig, could do a world of good for Régis Le Bris’ men. +3 points already for Lorient.

“Men lie, numbers don’t”. This popular phrase on social media has rarely been so true. Chosen largely by statistical and data criteria, Thijs Dallinga confirmed his leaders in the bet they made by recruiting him. Hot on the heels of Toulouse’s first Ligue 1 goal of the season, the former Excelsior (Eredivisie) has already impressed with a subtle deflection off a Van den Boomen cross. The Dutchman is off to a perfect start to his season and Ligue 1 adventure with TFC.

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