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Post by Cesc Soler on Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:28 pm

Montpellier smash and grab leaves Lille wanting to leave August behind

Despite Eden Hazard's brilliance, the Ligue 1 champions have made their traditional slow start under manager Rudi Garcia


Lille's record for August matches against French teams under coach Rudi Garcia now stands at 11 games without a win, after the Ligue 1 champions were beaten 1-0 at home to Montpellier on Sunday night. What was a quirky stat is fast becoming an issue, and Garcia's pre-match joke that his team would be underdogs – "Montpellier are the team that always wins in August while we always lose in August" – does not sound so funny now.

Last season, Lille drew their first four league games; the season before, they won only once in their first seven league matches. It's now five years since they won their first home match of the season and overall, Garcia's August record is one win in 14 league matches.

Just as in last week's 1-1 draw with Nancy, when they had 73% possession, Lille dominated on Sunday night, only to find Montpellier's second-choice goalkeeper, Laurent Pionnier, in inspired form. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal with 15 minutes left while John Utaka hit the post late on in an archetypal smash-and-grab away performance. "We'd win this match nine times out of 10, and I'd be more worried if we had deserved to lose," said Garcia. "At least you journalists can keep writing about [the struggles in] August."

"Lille undeniably miss Gervinho," wrote L'Equipe, while RMC feared that the August slump "is the black cat that won't go away".

"There are doubts that this Lille side can live up to its status [as champions]," wrote So Foot. Everyone agreed on one thing: Lille's star player Eden Hazard was again superb, especially in the first half. "A dynamite dribbler, whose technical brilliance was in vain," wrote Nord Éclair.

This has been a tricky time for The Eden Project: Hazard was last week suspended from the Belgium squad for three matches for his reaction to being subbed off after an hour of June's Euro 2012 qualifier against Turkey. His crime? Eating a hamburger with his dad from a stall outside the stadium, before the match had finished. "What have you done now, Georges?" wailed La Dernière Heure, fearing that Belgium's best player (yes, Chelsea fans, right now he is better than Romelu Lukaku, because he can dribble like this, and score goals in big games, as he did against Marseille, and Lyon would quit international football.

Instead, Hazard's management team released a statement defending their player from accusations about his attitude, and demanding respect to avoid self-imposed exile. "He is suffering from the recurrent attacks on his professionalism after making a mistake borne out of frustration."

While the Belgium coach Georges Leekens said the ban was "light", the statement pointed out, quite rightly, that Patrice Evra and Franck Ribéry received five- and three-match bans for their role in France players going on strike during the 2010 World Cup. "There is absolute unanimity [about Hazard's professionalism] among the most rigorous coaches in the world, like Louis Van Gaal, Claude Puel or Carlo Ancelotti, who wanted him in the recent past, or like Arsène Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Leonardo, who wanted to recruit him this summer," the statement added.

To that list of admirers, Hazard can also add Inter president Massimo Moratti, who said, "My son always tells me we should sign Hazard," and Real Madrid sports director Zinedine Zidane: "I would bring Hazard to Madrid with my eyes shut."

But Lille president Michel Seydoux is not in selling mood. "We want Eden to stay and he will stay," he said. "We're not going to talk about this for 175 years. I'm like a robot who repeats the same message every day at the same time. There was a good film about that, wasn't there?" He would know. Seydoux is also a film producer and often compares the two industries: "The coach is the director and the players are the actors."

In that case, Hazard is the lead man, but he cannot carry this team on his own. His support cast were off the pace on Sunday, especially Moussa Sow, who missed four chances. "He had a rotten night, and the memory of his last game here [a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Rennes] seemed a long way away," said Nord Éclair. Lille are looking for another striker, but Seydoux can only afford to bring someone on loan. "We will bring in two players if we can, but we can't stretch the finances too much," he said.

Lille's economic concerns will ease next season, when the club moves into its new 50,000-capacity stadium, boosting the annual budget from €65m (2010-11) to €90m. For that to be a real success, though, Lille must reach the Champions League again. No wonder the understated Seydoux admitted: "We may have been champions a bit too early." With joint-leaders Caen and then Marseille next up for Lille, September can't come soon enough.

Week Two talking points

  • Hamburgers were also on the agenda at Marseille this week, when it emerged that André-Pierre Gignac, whose puppet on Les Guignols stuffs his face with burgers and doughnuts, had been sent to Fat Camp in Merano, Italy, to lose weight. Karim Benzema went to the same place earlier this summer and lost seven kilos, while regular visitors include Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and, er, Sharon Stone. "From a psychological point of view, it's good that A-P took this challenge," said OM doctor Christophe Baudot. On the pitch, OM's problems are in defence: they were 2-0 up at Auxerre at half-time but ended up with a 2-2 draw, their fifth 2-2 in a row in Ligue 1 (going back to last season). They have now let in eight goals in three competitive matches this season. Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi was at the game, prompting speculation that goalscorer André Ayew, whose buyout clause is an affordable (and under-valued) €13m, was being watched. "Arsenal are a big club," he said after the game, forgetting to add that OM are too. Lucho González, the Argentine playmaker keen to leave the club after he was home-jacked last March, may also be on the radar. "Lucho's feet and thinking are fast enough to play for Arsenal," said one reporter at the game.

  • Lyon hit the woodwork three times, had a goal ruled out and found Ajaccio goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in super form in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stade Gerland. "On any other day, we would have won by several goals," said Miralem Pjanic. Coach Remi Garde got a huge ovation from the home fans and could start Tuesday's tough Champions League qualifier against Rubin Kazan with new centre-back Bakary Koné, who last week was training with Guingamp. Lisandro López best reflects the change of mood at the club: he was French player of the year in 2000-10, but last year cut a surly figure as his relationship with coach Claude Puel (whom he would never refer to by name in interviews) disintegrated. Lisandro, who was captain on Saturday, looks like his old self, bristling with intent and already with two goals to his name. Garde may be enjoying a honeymoon period at the moment, but that could change if Lyon fail to get past Rubin.

  • The star of the first two games has been Rennes forward Jonathan Pitroipa, who scored a late equaliser in his side's deserved 1-1 draw with Paris St-Germain. He was superb in last week's 5-1 win over Dijon, and scored twice in the Europa League win over Olimpia Rustavi. Fans have said he matches the pace of ex-Rennes' John Utaka with the dribbling skills of Jérôme Leroy, while pundits have nicknamed him "the new Gervinho". Caen, Montpellier, Toulouse, and Saint-Etienne are the only sides with 100% records so far, with the latter two looking good for a top-six challenge.


Week Two results: Rennes 1-1 PSG, Lyon 1-1 Ajaccio, Toulouse 2-0 Dijon, St-Etienne 1-0 Nancy, Sochaux 1-2 Caen, Lorient 1-1 Bordeaux, Valenciennes 0-0 Brest, Auxerre 2-2 Marseille, Evian 1-0 Nice (first points for the new boys), Lille 0-1 Montpellier

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/aug/15/ligue-1-week-two-lille?CMP=twt_gu
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:03 pm

Lyon rode out a nervy ending to their game against Montpellier to secure a 2-1 victory. Pjanic tapped in a Michel Bastos cross early on in the second-half to open the scoring, and doubled their advantage just after the visitors went down to ten men as Pied finished from a Pjanic centre. Montpellier struck in injury-time, and almost grabbed another at the death as Hilton's header from a corner was dealt with by Lloris.

PSG are also set to make another signing. Diego Lugano from Fenerbahce is on his way for around €3m.

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Post by A & K on Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:00 am

...and normally Boriello will follow soon. Paris now have almost 2 competitive teams.
The main team would look like that:
Sirugu-Armand-Sakho-Lugano-Jallet- Matuidi-Bodmer -Menez-Pastore-Nene-Gameiro

Subs: Douchez-Ceara, Camara, Bisevac, Chantome, Sissoko, Erding, Hoarau, Luyindula and probably Boriello would be a good sub for Gameiro.

There are rumors that Leaonardo will go to Madrid this Monday to try to bring Kaka to Paris... I doubt this will happen and I think it would be useless since they already bought Pastor and Menez so why put one of them on the bench..

A. Traore from Auxerre looks like a beast... Scored some amazing goals during the first and second day, and scored 2 crackers yesterday again... 22 years old from Burkina Faso, 5 goals in 4 games.... looks solid and powerful... a player to watch...

Meanwhile, Lille almost had completed the signing of Korean player, Park, but just before he was going to do his health check he refused a call from Wenger and immediately left. Lolllllllllllllllllll

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Post by A & K on Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:02 pm

P.S.G 1 down at Toulouse.... I've got a feeling Kombouare is going to get the sack for this...
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Post by fcb on Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:54 pm

They ended up winning 3-1 with 2 very late goals. Apparently Pastore got 2 assists.
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:21 pm

Erdinc got one of PSG's two late goals. They are still actively looking to sell him.

Lille have just taken the lead against Marseille as Sow got on the end of a low cross from the left to beat Mandanda.
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:31 pm

Lille fought back from from 1-2 down (Valbuena replied with both Marseille goals, one of which was a deflected long-range effort) to win the game 3-2. Chedjou swept home a good team move to level matters, before Lille's winner came as Hazard was brought down in the area, leaving Sow to convert the penalty which sent Mandanda the wrong way.



* Marseille lie 16th with three points
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Post by Fade out on Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:19 pm

Joe Cole to Lille (loan) cheers My favorite English footballer of the decade. Could regain form in Ligue un.
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Post by Fade out on Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:24 pm

Cesc Soler wrote:Waddle II

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Post by Glenarch of the Glen on Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:37 pm

suggestions that Cole has been signed as a stop-gap replacement for Eden Hazard
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Post by Hlebagone on Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:44 pm

Does suggestions mean nobodies on twitter?

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Post by stinger on Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:22 am

Ireneusz Jelen signed as free agent with Lille. Should do well as a Sow backup... when healthy of course.

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Post by A & K on Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:53 pm

It will interesting to see what Cole will do at Lille. Jelen was free and he used to be a very good player for Auxerre but injury prone.
Now Lille have more options upfront:
Joe Cole - Obrianiak, Pedretti, Hazard, Payet, Sow, Jelen.... They can be dangerous again. The good thing for Obraniak is that he will be able to learn Polish thanks to Jelen.

There was an article about the possibility for P.S.G to recruit Mourinho next year... The Qataris want P.S.G to become one of the strongest team in europe in the next three years, therefore they want to buy the best players around... I don't think that will be possible honestly, but as we have seen with Eto'o anything is possible with mastercard. Mourihno was interviewed a year ago and said that Paris would be interesting club to go but unfortunately they didn't have means.. now that they have the means who knows.... But does Mourinho want to go back to England after or stay at Madrid and try to win things.... which wil be difficult because Barca will win la liga again this year.

Meanwhile Lyon have bought two players this summer, the under -20 French international Fofana, who looks like a good prospect (for 2 million euros), and Dabo Mouhamadou (from FC Séville) for 1.00 M€. 3 new players when you add Kone who was bought for 2M€. So 4.8M€ spent and 21.5M€ received from the sales of Pjanic (why on earth did they sell him at the last moment) and Toulalan. Lyon are feking poor and can't buy players... and so are Marseille, Bordeaux and most of the other teams, expect P.S.G.

The rules aren't the same everywhere, clubs in France who are in debts of around 30M€ have to sell their players.. I wish the rules could be the same everywhere in Europe.... it's unfair for some clubs.




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Post by A & K on Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:55 pm

Alive and Kicking wrote:It will interesting to see what Cole will do at Lille. Jelen was free and he used to be a very good player for Auxerre but injury prone.
Now Lille have more options upfront:
Joe Cole - Obrianiak, Pedretti, Hazard, Payet, Sow, Jelen.... They can be dangerous again. The good thing for Obraniak is that he will be able to learn Polish thanks to Jelen. I hope Jelen can avoid getting injured and be successful for Lille and that they will keep him for a long time because he deserves to play for a big club and Lille will soon become a big club once they have their new 50000 seat stadium next year.

There was an article about the possibility for P.S.G to recruit Mourinho next year... The Qataris want P.S.G to become one of the strongest team in europe in the next three years, therefore they want to buy the best players around... I don't think that will be possible honestly, but as we have seen with Eto'o anything is possible with mastercard. Mourihno was interviewed a year ago and said that Paris would be interesting club to go but unfortunately they didn't have means.. now that they have the means who knows.... But does Mourinho want to go back to England after or stay at Madrid and try to win things.... which wil be difficult because Barca will win la liga again this year.

Meanwhile Lyon have bought two players this summer, the under -20 French international Fofana, who looks like a good prospect (for 2 million euros), and Dabo Mouhamadou (from FC Séville) for 1.00 M€. 3 new players when you add Kone who was bought for 2M€. So 4.8M€ spent and 21.5M€ received from the sales of Pjanic (why on earth did they sell him at the last moment) and Toulalan. Lyon are feking poor and can't buy players... and so are Marseille, Bordeaux and most of the other teams, expect P.S.G.

The rules aren't the same everywhere, clubs in France who are in debts of around 30M€ have to sell their players.. I wish the rules could be the same everywhere in Europe.... it's unfair for some clubs.



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Post by Cesc Soler on Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:05 pm

Surprised to see Pjanic leave too, he played well against Montpellier on Saturday as he finished the game with a goal & assist to his name. Lyon haven't had much of a turnover to their squad aside from the low-key signings you mentioned and losing Pjanic, they have only got rid of Cesar Delgado (returned to Mexico) who wasn't consistent enough anyway.

They still have a good squad, I would say a number of them would find themselves a place in PSG's line-up & Garde has made a sound start to his management career.
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:30 pm

Joe Cole came on as a 2nd half sub this evening to make his Lille debut.

It went well, as he assisted a goal for Obraniak after some good work on the right flank to cap a 3-1 victory at St. Etienne.

Lyon now top of Ligue 1 with 11 points, after their win against Dijon.

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Post by A & K on Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:51 pm

Nice dribble skills from J.Cole. Hazard was great again, I hope Arsenal will get him next year, that would be great.
Pleased that Lyon is first now. Lisandro will be injured for a month, good that Gomis can score.
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:01 pm

Hazard's first goal was excellent. ok

Marseille have had a rotten start to the season with only three points from five games, they now sit just one place above the relegation zone. Andre Ayew is also injured for them.

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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:35 pm

Pastore has just scored his first goal for PSG & opened the scoring in their game against Brest. Menez created the move, after beating two opponents for pace, he advanced into the box and played the pass to Pastore to clip a shot from just inside the penalty area.
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:34 pm

Michel Bastos has just finished off a Lyon counter-attacking move to put his side 2-0 up against Marseille after 30 mins. If the two goal margin stands, Marseille will be bottom of Ligue 1.
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:19 pm

Sixth matchweek:

Auxerre 1-1 Caen
Brest 2-2 Montpellier
Lorient 3-0 Saint-Etienne
Nice 3-0 AJ Ajaccio
Toulouse 3-2 Bordeaux
Valenciennes 4-0 Dijon
Lille 2-2 Sochaux
Evian 2-2 PSG
Rennes 1-1 Nancy
Lyon 2-0 Marseille


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Post by A & K on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:10 pm

Lyon first and Marseille last!!!! That's great and unbelievable! Very Happy Fighting
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Post by Cesc Soler on Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:04 am

Matchweek six:

Tue: Bordeaux 1-1 Lille

Wed: AC Ajaccio 1-3 Montpellier
Wed: Nancy 1-1 Valenciennes
Wed: Caen 1-0 Lyon
Wed: Dijon 1-0 Brest
Wed: Lorient 1-1 Auxerre
Wed: Marseille 2-0 Evian TG
Wed: PSG 2-1 Nice
Wed: Sochaux 2-6 Rennes
Wed: Saint-Etienne 1-1 Toulouse

Eight Red Card & nine penalties given in Wednesday's fixtures.

Lyon lost for the first time under Remi Garde. Caen scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of HT, Lloris was given his marching orders for committing the foul which lead to the penalty award. Nene & Gameiro converted penalties for PSG as they keep the pressure on at the top with a 2-1 win. Marselle got a much needed win, both goals coming from the head of Loic Remy. They moved from the bottom of the division to 15th.

Joe Cole added another Ligue 1 assist to his name in Tuesday's match. Hazard is in great form with four goals in three games. ok


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Post by Cesc Soler on Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:47 pm

PSG have just taken the lead at leaders Montpellier as Gameiro finds the goal from a Nene cross.

EDIT: Doubled through Pastore with a superb volley into the bottom corner. Now HT.

Earlier, Marseille & Lille conceded last-minute goals in their games as both were held 1-1. Joe Cole got his first goal for Lille.



(not the greatest quality, but it looks a good finish ok )
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Post by Cesc Soler on Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:07 pm

Pastore added a third (his fourth for PSG) after turning in the ball from a tight angle to ensure a 3-0 victory. They now sit in the leading pack in Ligue 1 with seventeen points alongside Lyon & Montpellier.

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Post by A & K on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:20 pm

Pastore has been on another planet the last two games. This guy rocks. Next saturday there is an interesting P.S.G-Lyon...
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Post by Pierre Littbarski on Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:06 pm

Two very different but equally brilliant finishes from Pastore <Ale>

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Post by Cesc Soler on Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:28 pm

PSG vs. Lyon this evening:

PSG XI: Sirigu, Ceara, Camara, Lugano, Tiene, Matuidi, Bodmer, Menez, Nene, Pastore, Gameiro

Lyon XI: Lloris, Reveillere, Kone, Lovren, Cissokho, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Bastos, Lacazette, Briand, Gomis

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