There is no Messi, only two from PSG. Ligue 1 team of the season

There is no Messi, only two from PSG. Ligue 1 team of the season

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02 Jun 2022
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An exciting season in League 1. Three main points: 

  1. Healthy struggle for European competitions. Finally, without giveaways, with worthy projects: Marseille, Rennes, Nice. The junky Monaco gave one of the most beautiful comebacks of the spring. The failure of Lyon is knocked out, but the club does not look hopeless. 
  2. Several excellent middle peasants: Strasbourg, Lens, Nantes. Coaching teams, without too much dogmatism. And it is very pleasant that one of them took the French Cup.
  3. Surreal struggle for survival: Bordeaux conceded 91 goals (91!), Saint-Étienne went out in the joints and fell under the extermination of fans. Minus two legendary teams – maybe not very good for the image, but a real drama. 

Let’s fix the symbolic team.

Goalkeeper: Walter Benitez, Nice

The best in the number of shutouts (14) and the second after Noubel (Monaco) in terms of the difference between expected and conceded goals – saved the team from 4.8 goals. Nice received 36 goals (top 1 with PSG).  A classic lane savior with no bold moves or an important role in attack development. He did an excellent job with the role, only Keylor Navas had a higher percentage of parried blows (77.5 vs. 78.9). The best match of the season is a 3-0 victory against Brest: 9 saves with 70 minutes shorthanded. Benitez dragged, and the attackers cracked down on counterattacks – the basis of “Nice”. Slightly spoiled the effect with a weak end of the season, but at a distance of about 25 rounds he was the strongest by a serious margin. 

Center-back: William Saliba, Marseille

The 21-year-old Frenchman is Marseille’s leader in minutes played (even more goalkeepers): 36 total matches. And this is in the system of Sampaoli, who loves rotation. The perfect hit at the player-coach level. The CBs in Sampaoli’s teams are technical and daring, alternating control of a huge space with aggressive personal pressure. Saliba regularly follows his player to the opponent’s half. But William still needs to insure the right flank, where Rongier (central midfielder) most often comes out in defense, which, when possessed, changes with Guendouzi (also a central midfielder).  Saliba’s main strength is ball handling. Among defenders, he has the most assists in Ligue 1, both in absolute terms and in terms of 90 minutes. One of the best CBs in the championship for passes to the final third, strokes that promote passes with the ball. A vivid impression on the defense – coolly combines episodes with risky throws at the opponent and a neat retreat.

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