Ligue 1

Ligue 1 Top Five, Round 15: Fulgini unlucky to be on the losing side

Plus some dominating midfield displays from Xavier Chavalerin and Morgan Sanson.

 
2:25pm on Monday 2nd December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Angelo Fulgini
AM (RC) - Angers - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.6
Nov 30, 2019
1Goals
4Total shots
1Crosses
17Duels won
2Tackles won
4Ball recovered
39Passes completed
84Touches

Angers lost vital ground to Marseille in the fight for second in Ligue 1 after being defeated 3-1 away at Nice. The visitors actually took the lead in the game through Fulgini after a slaloming run inside the box, evading three tackles before firing a right-footed strike into the bottom left corner. He worked remarkably hard, too, winning 17/23 duels, 2/3 tackles, as well as making four ball recoveries. He also completed 39 out of 49 attempted passes, but it was his dribbling that impressed the most as he completed more (9) than anyone else in the league this weekend.

Xavier Chavalerin
DM, M (C) - Stade de Reims - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Nov 30, 2019
8Crosses
22Final third passes
18Duels won
7Tackles won
9Ball recovered
1Clearances
39Passes completed
88Touches

Reims made it three draws in a row after a 1-1 result against Bordeaux. Chavalerin was one of the players unlucky not to be on a winning team as he ran the midfield with authority, winning 18/22 duels, 7/11 tackles, and 2/3 aerial duels. He also made nine ball recoveries, four interceptions, and completed 39/51 attempted passes as the visitors claimed a point.

Morgan Sanson
M, DM (C) - Marseille - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.4
Nov 29, 2019
1Assists
5Total shots
1Crosses
23Final third passes
10Touches in box
10Duels won
14Ball recovered
92Successfull passes %

Sanson was the star of the show for Marseille as they went four points clear of Angers in third place after overcoming Brest 2-1. His authoritative performance saw him win the ball back an incredible 14 times, as well as winning 10/15 duels and 100% of his tackles. He completed 44 out of 48 passes, with one of these balls setting up the winning goal in the 89th minute for Nemanja Radonjic.

Hamari Traoré
D (R) - Stade Rennais - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.2
Dec 1, 2019
3Crosses
17Final third passes
8Duels won
3Tackles won
15Ball recovered
95Successfull passes %
1Clearances
84Touches

A superb defensive outing from Traore helped Rennes bounce back from their Europa League loss against Celtic with a 2-1 home win against Saint-Etienne. Over the entire Ligue 1 weekend, nobody made more ball recoveries (15) than him, with the right-back also winning 100% of his tackles and the majority of his aerial duels. He also misplaced just three passes out of of 58.

Téji Savanier
M, DM (C) - Montpellier - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.2
Nov 30, 2019
1Assists
7Crosses
27Final third passes
12Duels won
15Ball recovered
2Interceptions
54Passes completed
97Touches

Another dominating midfield performance now, this time from Savanier of Montpellier as his side won 4-2 against Amiens to impressively move up to fourth in the table. He kept the visitors at bay as much as he could with 15 ball recoveries (the most in the league alongside Traore and Benjamin Bourigeaud) and 12 out of 16 duels won. He assisted Gaetan Laborde's header with a curled corner-kick into the area, too.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Maxwel Cornet (8.1) recorded a goal and an assist in Lyon's win over Strasbourg, with his goal coming via a lovely, curled strike into the bottom left corner from the edge of the area.

ROUND TO FORGET

Kouadio Kone (4.5) was desperately ineffectual in midfield for Toulouse, losing two-thirds of his duels and not winning a single tackle. He completed just six passes before being sent off after two yellow cards in the 23rd minute. Awful.

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