Ligue 1. Weekend of all dangers for globalist internationals

This 15th day of the championship, the last before the World Cup in Qatar, concerns six Blues from the twenty-five selected by Didier Deschamps, including three during the main meeting between Monegasque and Marseillais.

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HAVEAhead of a seven-week World Cup break, Ligue 1 offers a southern blow on the 15th and offers the final game before Qatar to France’s Championship internationals, who will be looking to avoid the latest injury. minutes.

Poster: Monaco – Marseille

Simple beautification or permanent renewal? After the victory over Lyon (1-0) on Sunday at the Vélodrome, Marseille (4th, 27 points) hopes to go to rest peacefully. Sunday’s success (20:45) at the expense of Monaco (5th, 27 points), also a candidate for honorable places, would ensure a peaceful truce for him, but also for coach Igor Tudor, weakened by the elimination of all European cups and a disastrous October. “Three points are at stake. The fact that it’s against a direct rival makes them perhaps more important. But I never look at the rankings”, evacuated the Croatian If he looked at the table a little more closely, he would immediately understand the problem of accounting. Only goal average allows OM to be ahead of ASM. The team from Kneževina is in better dynamics, with two victories in a row without conceding a goal.

Player: Steve Mandanda

Rennes (3rd, 28) are relying on the experience of their goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (37) to upset the plans of Toulouse (12th, 16) on Saturday (21:00) at Roazhon Park and maintain at least one point of the advantage they have in Marseille , the former club “Fenomena”. For now, the veteran has won his bet on Breton, which he tried last summer when his horizon was blocked in OM against competition from Spaniard Pau Lopez. He established himself as the undisputed leader at SRFC, which allowed him to find the France team. Didier Deschamps did not call him up between September 2021 and September 2022, Mike Maignan (AC Milan) was preferred as a replacement for captain Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), ahead of Alphonse Areola (West Ham), regarded as the No. 3 goalkeeper. Maignan’s package is opened its doors again on Wednesday, when “DD” published its list of 25 “Steve is an experienced player, he made sure to continue to be competitive”summed up the coach about the man with 34 caps, the probable number 2 in the scoring hierarchy in Qatar.

Number: 6

Beware of physical defects! Before joining the Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines training center on Monday, the six L1 players called up by Deschamps are expected on the pitches of the championship and fear an injury that could be fatal to their prospects of competing at the World Cup. Apart from Rennais Mandanda, the two Parisians have a last-ditch effort on Sunday (1pm) at the Parc des Princes against advanced Auxerrois: centre-back Presnel Kimpembe will especially want to test his Achilles tendon, fragile for ten days. , while striker Kylian Mbappé will aim for his 12th goal of the season in the domestic competition to boost his confidence and extend PSG’s lead (1st, 38). “Obviously every player likely to take part in the World Cup has this fear in mind. Obviously, some have a little fear (…), but the best way to prepare for a good World Cup is to play.their coach Christophe Galtier remarked in recent days.

Deschamps and his staff will be on edge until Sunday night as three internationals are on the agenda for the highlight at the end of the weekend. Marseillais Mattéo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout have a good chance of being aligned in the starting line-up, as does Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana. Three rounds for which it is not at all certain that they will be seeded in Doha. Unless they score points down the stretch.

Facts: Lyon celebrates Benzema and ends with an unexpected draw against Nice

On Friday night at Décines-Charpieu, Lyon (8th, 21) and Nice (9th, 20) left with a draw (1-1), a penalty realized by Alexandre Lacazette in the 89th minute, responding to a penalty by Nicolas Grandpa registered at 38


Karim Benzema presented his Ballon d’Or to the public at halftime. At the Groupama stadium, plunged into darkness, where only the access corridor to the playground was illuminated, first a short film was projected on the giant screens, followed by a pyrotechnic mini-animation. Trained in OL, where he arrived at the age of 9, and in 2009 he went to Real, for a transfer worth 35 million euros and bonuses, the Madrid centre-forward was greeted upon entering the pitch by a guard of honor formed by former teachers from the Rhone club. He was then presented with the trophy by Bernard Lacombe, another legend of Lyon, then visibly moved he went to greet South and North Cops, whose group Bad Gones was celebrating its 35th anniversary. In the afternoon, “KB9” solemnly opened a fresco in his image, drawn on the facade of a building in Bron, his hometown, on the edge of the peripheral boulevard of the capital of Galia.

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