Ligue 1

Ligue 1 Top Five, Round 14: PSG and Bordeaux rule the roost

Keylor Navas was key for the Parisiens as they kept a clean sheet versus Lille.

 
1:41pm on Monday 25th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Keylor Navas
GK - PSG - 32 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.3
Nov 22, 2019
90Minutes played
1Final third passes
7Ball recovered
33Passes
29Passes completed
88Successfull passes %
8Saves
46Touches

PSG returned from the international break to defeat Lille 2-0, but the scoreline suggests it was more comfortable than it was, as Navas was called into action to make eight saves on Friday night, including one incredible stop to deny Xeka's strike towards the corner early on. In addition to the eight saves, he made seven ball interceptions from crosses into the area, and misplaced just four passes playing out from the back.

Dimitri Payet
AM (C), W (L) - Marseille - 32 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.6
Nov 24, 2019
1Assists
1Total shots
34Final third passes
3Duels won
7Ball recovered
2Big chances
87Successfull passes %
95Touches

For around 70 minutes, Marseille struggled to break down the sturdy Toulouse defence, with only a potential set-piece delivery from Payet looking the most likely route to the opening goal. Eventually, the breakthrough did come thanks to Payet, but it wasn't from a set-piece, but rather a gorgeous defence-splitting pass through the middle for Dario Benedetto to round the keeper to score. He sent 34 passes into the final third, made seven ball recoveries, and had 95 touches overall.

Nicolas de Préville
W (L), S (C) - Bordeaux - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.2
Nov 24, 2019
1Goals
1Assists
4Total shots
7Crosses
4Dribbles
14Duels won
4Ball recovered
63Touches

De Preville's prowess from dead balls was key for Bordeaux's comeback against Monaco, as he initially set up the equaliser with a curled corner-kick high into the box for Pablo to nod into the net, before making it 2-1 with a coolly taken penalty into the bottom left corner. He was vital in providing width to the home side, too, as he could constantly be found drifting out to the touchline, where he sent seven successful crosses into the box. He was also combative in midfield, winning 14/18 duels.

Julian Draxler
M, AM (C) - PSG - 26 yrs
90'
8.1
Nov 22, 2019
1Assists
3Total shots
3Interceptions
17Final third passes
7Ball recovered
1Big chances
93Successfull passes %
84Touches

Although certainly a fringe player with PSG these days, Draxler can still prove his effectiveness for the Parisiens, like he did in the win over Lille. He assisted the second goal for Angel Di Maria with a cute pass in to the right of the box for the Argentine to whip a strike into the far corner. He worked hard for the team, too, making seven ball recoveries and three interceptions, as well as misplacing just four out of 61 attempted passes.

Pablo
D (CL) - Bordeaux - 28 yrs
90'
8.1
Nov 24, 2019
1Goals
2Interceptions
7Duels
6Duels won
6Aerials
6Aerials won
9Clearances
94Successfull passes %

Pablo got Bordeaux back into contention with a towering header to equalise against Monaco, but was just as effective in his bread and butter duties at the back. Even though he wasn't involved in any tackling, he was dominant in every other area, winning 6/7 duels and 6/6 aerial duels. His passing was very impressive, too, as his completion rate of 94% came from 44 completed balls to team-mates.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Idrissa Gueye (8) added to his always-dependable defensive duties by recording an assist for Mauro Icardi to open the scoring for PSG. He made eight ball recoveries on the day and won the majority of his duels.

ROUND TO FORGET

Amiens are now just two points adrift of the dropzone after two consecutive losses, with the latest defeat coming against Strasbourg in a 4-0 defeat at home. Bakaye Dibassy (5.2) didn't help his team's cause as he won zero tackles, zero aerial duels, and lost possession 10 times.

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