Monday, 4 September 2017

Summer transfer window in Ligue 1

Transfer window is closed and Ligue 1 lost some great players. Anyway, thanks to PSG from this season on, Ligue 1 will have one of the best players in the world - Brazilian magician Neymar. After a magnificent season of Monaco it was pretty clear that European giants will attack them from all sides. It's true that they lost some important players, but they invested in future with smart signings and we can expect them fighting for highest places again. Plenty of changes happened in Nice, Bordeaux, Rennes and especially in Lille, where Bielsa started his "era" with bringing in several hot prospects. Another team who earned a lot during this transfer window is Lyon, who invested in future as well. Opposite happened in Marseille as they added some experienced players. Some eyebrows were raised about transfer activity in Nantes, Montpellier and Metz.

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Big spenders! PSG, Monaco, Lyon, Marseille, Lille.
  • Neymar who has joined PSG this summer is most expensive footballer in history. Of course Neymar wasn't the only new superstar in the team. Besides full backs Yuri Berchiche and experienced Dani Alves, PSG loaned Kylian Mbappe from Monaco. All in all 238 million euros!
  • As mentioned, Monaco lost few important players but they spent more than 100 millions for Yuri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Stevan Jovetić (Inter Milan), Keita Balde (Lazio), Adama Diakhaby (Rennes), Kongolo (Feyenoord) and Meité (Zulte Waregem). 
  • Lyon invested in future as well. Except experienced target man Marcelo (Besiktas), they bought young promising players as Bertrand Traore (Chelsea), Mariano Diaz (Real Madrid), Kenny Tete (Ajax),  Marçal (Guingamp), Ferland Mendy (Le Havre) and Diop (Celta Vigo) and spent 48,5 million euros.
  • Marseille's plans were slightly different as they added experienced players as Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Adil Rami (Sevilla), Valere Germain (Monaco), Kostas Mitroglou (Benfica), Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace), Aymen Abdennour (Valencia), while one and only little bit younger player is Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa). All together they spent 42 million euros.
  • Lille spent 58 million euros for bunch of young talents! 

New projects...
  • First of all we need to mention Lille here. With several hot prospects in the team Bielsa will try to do his magic, but as competition is pretty high this season, his job will be far from easy. For promising players as Thiago Maia (Santos), Nicolas Pepe (Angers), Kevin Malcuit (Saint-Etienne), Thiago Mendes and Luiz Araujo (Sao Paulo) Lille needed to pay more than 50 million euros. All in all they added no less than 13 players to the group! 
  • We have plenty of new faces in Nice as well. After they lost some key players, they tried to replaced them and most known player who joined the team is Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray). 
  • We can be sure that Oscar Garcia will try to change defensive minded Saint-Etienne and players who joined them: Assane Diousse (Empoli), Loïs Diony (Dijon), Remy Cabella (Marseille) are suitable for his way of football. 
  • Bordeuax started new season with high hopes as they brought Benoit Costill (Rennes), Cafu (Ludogorets), Lerager (Zulte Waregem), De Preville (Lille). Even though the most important news for the club was that Brazilian talent Malcom stayed in the club.
  • After departure of Conceiçao, Nantes agreed with experienced Claudio Ranieri, but as it seems new coach isn't really happy with the way how the transfer window ended. They added some players to the squad as Ciprian Tatarusanu (Fiorentina), El Ghannasy (Oostende), Rene Krhin (Granada), Nicolas Pallois (Bordeaux), Andrei Girotto (Chapecoense), Kalifa Coulibaly (KAA Gent), Joris Kayembe and Chidozie Awaziem (Porto), but main problem stays in attack. Who can be a quality goalscorer of this team?
  • Team who had a pretty decent transfer window is Toulouse. Finalising the deal with Corentin Jean (Monaco) and adding Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) and experienced Giannelli Imbula (Stoke) and Max-Alain Gradel (Bournemouth).
  • Of course we need to add Lyon here, as they have started this season with bunch of new players in first eleven and PSG as well as they brought a new key player to the team.

Ligue 1 will miss bunch of quality players...
  • As mention on start, some clubs had decent seasons and their key players weren't unnoticed. Biggest fear was in the team of Monaco, where big European clubs were aiming on players as Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Timoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, Djibril Sidibe, Thomas Lemar, Fabinho,... Even though it looked that they will loose all of them, they lost "only four of them". Benjamin Mendy (57,5 million euros) and Bernardo Silva (50 million euros) signed for Manchester City; Timoue Bakayoko (45 million euros) for Chelsea, while Mbappe has been loaned to PSG with future fee which might go till 180 million euros! Lyon lost their key players Alexandre Lacazette (60 million euros to Arsenal) and Corentin Tolisso (41,5 million euros to Bayern) and little bit surprisingly Emanuel Mammana (16,5 million euros to Zenith) as well. Besides that I can stress also transfers of Aurier (from PSG to Tottenham for 25M), Matuidi (from PSG to Juventus for 20M), Dalbert (from Nice to Inter for 20M), Karamoh (from Caen to Inter for 6M), Boudebouz (from Montpellier to Betis for 7M), Ounas (from Bordeaux to Napoli for 10M), Augustin (from PSG to Leipzig for 13M), and several others...

All transfers 
and short personal opinion about some clubs (transfers from

All together: 102 million €

Without doubt it will be tough to find adequate replacement for Bernardo, Mbappe, Mendy or Bakayoko, but with high potential players as Keita Balde, Tielemans, Kongolo, Jovetić and still bunch of decent players in the squad (Lemar, Fabinho, Falcao, Sidibe, ... ) Leonardo Jardim will have a strong squad for this season as well and we can expect them in top positions. Before arrivals of Keita and Jovetić, Jardim played matches with Falcao and Diakhaby up front, but we'll probably see some changes now. As they "mastered" Jardim's 4-4-2, we can expect the same formation from now on as well. Their leaderboard made an excellent business with bringing two quality free agents Rachid Ghezzal and Jordy Gaspar from Lyon. The most expensive reinforcement was 22-years old Keita Balde who grew up in La Masia in Barcelona and played very well for Lazio in Serie A last season. Can he become a new Monaco superstar? Second most expensive player was so called "wonderkid" Tielemans who joined from Belgian Anderlecht. Undoubtedly Monaco will have bunch of young players to watch...

All together: 238 million €

What to say about PSG? They shocked the world with the 222M bid for Brazilian superstar Neymar, and as if it wasn't enough, they succeeded with bringing the hottest young player in the world now - Kylian Mbappe. On the paper, their team looks extremely strong. They have a great manager in Unai Emery, but leaderboard expects big things from him. They actually added "only" four players to last seasons squad, but as they kept all most important players, the depth of their squad is enormous. Their main problem stays in goal, where Areola and Trapp haven't showed what was expected from them, but as they failed to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid, Emery will need to find a solution between the posts. It will be very hard to steal points from this team and I think that Ligue 1 will be theirs this time.

All together: 24,3 million €

In my opinion one of most unluckiest teams last season. They were in amazing position, fighting with Monaco and PSG for the tittle, but in final quarter of season everything went wrong. Injuries of Ricardo Pereira, Belhanda, Plea, Cyprien, Eysseric and Baysse were simply too much and Favre even needed to add players from the reserve team! Luckily for them Seri stayed even though he was practically out twice. With Sneijder and Jallet they wanted to add some experiences in the team, while they added some hot prospects as winger Saint-Maximin, defender Marlon, midfielder Makengo and left full back Racine Coly too. Fans are happy to see 25-years old Nampalys Mendy back, who will strengthen the midfield and when Cyprien will recover after his injury, I think that we'll see a decent Nice again. Their problem remains in attack, where Favre can count only on Plea and Balotelli.

All together: 48,5 million €

Lyon lost several important players (Lacazette, Tolisso, Valbuena, Ghezzal, Gonalons, Mammana, Jallet, Darder, Rybus,... all of them played lots of matches last season and even if they earned a lot from transfers they didn't go crazily in transfers. Except experienced attacker Marcelo, they brought talents as winger Traore, midfielder Diop, attacking midfielder/attacker Diaz, one of the best left full backs last season in Ligue 1 - Marçal, promising left full back Ferland Mendy and "wonderkid" from Amiens - NDombele who started season very well. So far it looks that new players are already well integrated in the team and I wouldn't be surprised if we'll see Lyon in top 3 this season. Of course competition for this spot, which still brings qualifications for Champions league will be big, but I think that they have quality to reach it.

All together: 42 million €

Opposite as other big teams in France, Marseille decided to strengthen their squad with experienced players. Except 23-years old left full back Amavi, they bought all well known players - Gustavo, Mandanda, Mitroglou, Germain, Rami and Abdennour with who they filled spots where they needed players and it's true that if those players will assimilate to the team well, then they can seriously attack higher spots this season. It will be interesting to see how Mitroglou will adapt to this team, also if Garcia will decide to play with both Germain and Mitrouglou or only with one but anyway leaderboard is aiming high this season and with transfer window they showed that. Important is that best individual from last season - Thauvin stayed on Velodrome but we'll see this season if he will be able to lead this team to reach their goals.

All together: 24,6 million €

After catastrophic lost against Videoton in League Europe qualifications, Gourvennec have a reason to be happy as his best individual Malcom didn't leave. They finally signed previously loaned Jovanović and Sabaly and with added solid players like goalkeeper Costill, midfielders Cafu, Otavio, Pereira and Lerager and attackers De Preville and Mendy they extended depth of the squad and we can expect them in top half for sure. I wouldn't be surprised seeing them fighting for League Europe spots again.

All together: 11,3 million €

Sounds funny, but I am doubtful here. Is Ranieri the right man for the job? We've seen that this pretty young squad needed energetic coach with fresh ideas and with Conceiçao they found the way of football which suits them. They lost captain Gillet who went to Olympiacos, vice-captain Riou went to Alanyaspor and even if they bought/loaned solid players for those two positions (Tatarusanu, Krhin, Girotto) main question stays in attack. Who is capable of scoring 15+ goals in this team? I sincerely hope that things won't go back on focusing on defence, because they showed us last season what are they capable of. Winger El Ghanassy and striker Coulibaly were brought to strengthen offensive part of the team, but we need to admit that start of the season was far from expectations.

All together: 18,3 million €

As already mentioned the biggest difference in Sain-Etienne is on the bench. Relatively defensive minded Galtier has been changed by Spaniard Oscar Garcia, who will give them more freedom and make them more attacking orientated team. Their defence with great goalkeeper Ruffier and captain Perrin was already strong but as we've seen in first matches they are positioned higher on the pitch and they are way more creative in midfield. New players Diousse, Bamba, Diony and lately loaned Cabella will help him to impose new style of football to this city and we can be sure that Saint-Etienne will play better football than we were used to see.

All together: 35,9 million €

It has been an interesting transfer window for Rennes. They spent 35,9 million €, but they will get plenty of millions from Dembele's transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona. Sarr is new hot prospect, who might end in one big club for big transfer fee and Rennes bought him from Metz for 17 million euros. Lately they loaned attacking midfielder Khazri who already scored plenty goals in Ligue 1 (Bordeaux), but last season he played in Premier league for Sunderland. Koubek came to fill the gap on goalkeeper position as Costill left. With Khazri their creativity won't mainly depend on coaches son Yoann Gourcuff, which is good for Rennes as Yoann is missing plenty of matches due to injuries. Christian Gourcuff is putting big hopes on winger/attacker Mubele who already scored 3 goals and added one assist, even though start of Rennes with only 2 points after 4 rounds is very disappointing. 

All together: -

Coach Kombouare has an interesting squad once again. They were surprisingly sitting on high positions in start of last season and finished on 10th place, which wasn't bad for the small city with less than 8000 of population. They brought young French national player Marcus Thuram from Sochaux and add him to Blas and Coco (two other members of France U21). With mixture of young and experienced players Kombouare is looking forward to surprise giants again (last season they won against PSG). They brought few players on a free transfer but they will miss left full back Marçal who signed for Lyon.

All together: 58 million €

Team with highest number of changes, but even though they've spent more than 50 millions, except of big Brazilian talent Thiago Maia most of bought players are mostly unknown for laymen, but some paths of Bielsa's work are already noticeable. It's a big project and Argentinian tactical magician will need time, so I don't expect big things from them this season. But in 2 or 3 seasons if they will hold Bielsa on the bench, I expect Lille to become a strong contender in Ligue 1, aiming to top spots again.

All together: 11,1 million €

As a last transfer they brought Ivorian midfielder Toure from Bordeaux, while the biggest reinforcement for this team is young striker Crivelli, who played in Bastia last season as loaned player from Bordeaux. Other player joined from Bastia is midfielder Coulibaly. With Stéphane Moulin they showed last season that especially at home they will be a tough opponent for everyone. They had pretty big ups and downs last season, but luckily their positive record was long enough to collect enough points not to have problems with relegation battle. This season they will need to be more consistent, otherwise they can easily find themselves "down there".

All together: 3,5 million €

It needs to be said that leaderboard of Toulouse did well in this transfer window. They succeeded to hold young home grown stars goalkeeper Alban Lafont and defender Issa Diop, they got Sanogo and Fortes on a free transfer and payed 3,5M for attacker Jean. What impressed me is they managed to loan Gradel and Imbula, two quality players, who already proved themselves in Ligue 1. The only thing I don't understand is signing mister yellow card Cahuzac from Bastia, who already received two yellow cards in two matches. All in all, with Delort, Gradel, Durmaz, Jean and Imbula, this team looks much better than last season and we might see them higher then on 13th position.

All together: -

Nothing special happened in Metz and Hinschberger can be worried a bit. Team who was heavily laying on performances of Diabate (Osmanilspor) and Sarr (Rennes) stayed without them while reinforcements aren't something special. Roux had a pretty bad season in Saint-Etienne last season and cannot replace Diabate in my opinion, while lately signed Riviere from Newcastle played only 48 matches in last 3 seasons which he spent at Newcastle and at Osasuna on loan). For now, their key player remains 32-years old veteran Cohade and Hinschberger will need to find magic formula, if he wants to keep the team in Ligue 1. 

All together: 5,7 million €

Montpellier payed 3,2 millions to Rennes for attacker Sio and defender Mendes and 2,5 millions to Lorient for goalkeeper Lecomte. It's true that all three players are decent players, but problem of Montpellier is that they've lost their key player Boudebouz and target man Mounie. For now I am far from impressed with them and new coach Der Zakarian will have hands full of work.

All together: 3,5 million €

Dall'Oglio demanded one more defender till the end of the transfer window and he got Djilobodji on loan from Sunderland. Said, Sliti and Jeannot reinforced offensive part of the team, where it won't be easy to fill the gap of Diony who left to ASSE and Lees-Melou who joined Nice. For now Yambere who came from Bordeaux seems to be the best newbie in the team as he played pretty solid in first four matches, while other bought defender Lautoa is already injured.

All together: 5 million €

Caen played one-dimensional football last year, making several crosses on head of Santini and they were in pretty dangerous position at the end of the season. They survived, but they will need something more this season. With Ait Bennaser loaned from Monaco and young winger Jan Repas from Slovenia, they added so needed creative players but we'll see how will they integrate to the team.

All together: 3,7 millions €

1st league football is back in city of Strasbourg. They spent small amount of money, but they signed Corgnet from Saint-Etienne and Lala from Lens for free. Lala and Martin (who came from Betis) have already shown that they will be important members of the team as well as Corgnet, Terrier (loaned from Lille) and Saadi (who came from Cardiff) and already scored a first goal in Ligue 1. 

All together: 3,5 million €

First season in Ligue 1 for the team from Picardie region. They loaned several players but unfortunately lost promising NDombele. They are counting that Kakuta will prove his qualities (once he was among the biggest talents in France), while other well known loaned player is tall target man Lacina Traore. The only player on who they have spent money is Moussa Konate who came from Sion. They lost their first three matches even though they didn't play bad, especially against Angers at home. In fourth match they shocked everyone with 3-0 win over Nice and I believe that Pelissier's team will breathe easier now and play with less pressure. 

All together: -

Troyes is a team coming and leaving Ligue 1 frequently. They brought some players on a free transfer but even if they played acceptable first four matches, I think that they don't have a depth. Their number 10 is 40-years old Nivet and he is still one of most important players in the team. With Niane and Grandsir they look solid in attack, but as I said, I think that they won't hold. Bought players aren't something special and I think that we'll see them in relegation battle this season.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Transfer window is closed!

We've been able to see several transfers in Ligue 1 last days.

- Mitroglu and Abdennour have joined Marseille!
- Ndombele has left Amiens for Lyon, but Amiens signed Avelar from Torino, Nathan from Chelsea, Zungu from Vitoria Guimaraes and Lacina Traore (Monaco, lastly loaned to Gijon)!
- Khazri has left Sunderland and signed for Rennes!
- Cabella has been loaned from Marseille to Saint-Etienne!
- Thomas Toure has left Bordeaux and signed for Angers!
- De Preville has left Lille and joined Bordeaux!
- Mbappe has finally left Monaco and will play in jersey of PSG!
- Mendy is coming back to Nice from Leicester!
- Karamoh has left Caen for Inter!
- Imbula has left Stoke and surprisingly joined Toulouse!
- Aurier has left PSG and signed for Tottenham!
- Krychowiak has left PSG and joined WBA!
- Marlon will play for Nice as loaned player from Barcelona!
- Keita Balde and Stevan Jovetić reinforced the offence of Monaco!
- Cheikh Diop has left Celta Vigo and joined Lyon!

You'll be able to read more about the past transfer window in an article which will be published on the site next Monday.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Brighton - Manchester City

PICK: Manchester City first half -0,5 @1,81 PINNACLE 3/10

The American Express Community Stadium will host 1st round of Premier league. Home Brighton&Hove Albion will face Manchester City.

Brighton is newly promoted team, who will face one of the toughest opponents in the league. We can expect them to see in defensive minded 4-5-1 (4-4-1-1) formation. Even if I think that they will prepare some surprises this season, especially at home, where fans cannot wait to see their Amex stadium hosting Premier league. Their last friendly match was against world-class opponent. They played against Atletico Madrid and lost only with 2-3. We need to mention, that Atletico will start their season a week later, so Premier league teams were much further in preparations, but losing only for a goal and scoring two goals against one of the best defensive teams in the world sounds extremely good. Taking a whole picture, they were not able to keep possession against the team, who don't like to have it. Atletico had more than 60% of possession and Brighton had problems with creating some decent chances in the match, even though they scored twice.

Manchester City had a crazy summer. Some people are saying that it's crazy, unreal, even unfair, how much money they spent, but on the other hand, as Guardiola said, they had one of the oldest teams in Europe. They haven't bought any full backs for several years and all of them were practically over 30. With new, young signings, City average age dropped to 24 and will allow their coach to rotate much more. Superior full back Mendy isn't ready yet, as well as Gundogan who missed half of last season, but all other key players are in the squad. Winning Real Madrid with 4-1, Tottenham with 3-0 and at the end West Ham with 3-0 as well, Citizens are decided to take some silverwares this season. We can expect plenty of rotations during the season, but this time Pep will rotate between high quality players.

City will be strongly in control of the ball. I wouldn't be surprised to see more than 70% of possession on their side and except of an early goal of Brighton, I think that nothing can stop Citizens today. Team will be better and better during the season. Expectations are high, but players learned a lot last season, so I believe to see them in better shape this time. With Walker and today probably Danilo on full back positions (or wide midfield), we can expect City overlapping on both sides and I am confident, that they will create at least 4-5 100% chances in this match.

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Start of preparations on next season!

Preparations on season 2017/18 have started for all the teams in L1.

Dates of first training:
19. June - Nice, Lille
22. June - Rennes, Tolouse
24. June - Metz
26. June - Amiens, Angers, Bordeaux, Caen, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg
27. June - Lyon, Troyes
28. June - Dijon
30. June - Monaco, Guingamp
4. July - Paris SG

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Friday, 16 June 2017


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