Ligue 1

Marcal magnifique and Neymar shines again - Ligue 1 Round 21's best rated

Plus Marco Verratti and Neymar impress for the champions, PSG.

8:45am on Monday 27th January 2020
Martin Macdonald
D (L) - Lyon - 30 yrs
Jan 26, 2020

Lyon's superb recent form continued this week as they beat Toulouse 3-0, with Marcal emerging as the match of the match and the best player of the Ligue 1 weekend.

He played a huge part in the second goal, initially trying his own luck with a bouncing volley from the edge of the box which was saved. Thereafter, he latched on to the loose ball, reacting before everyone else, to reverse a pass back inside for Moussa Dembele to score.

The left-back enjoyed the third-most touches of anyone in Ligue 1 with 122, and also completed 86/97 attempted passes.

Defensively, he won 10/13 duels, the majority of his tackles, and the majority of his aerial duels, while also making seven ball recoveries.

Jordan Amavi
D (L) - Marseille - 25 yrs
Jan 25, 2020

Marseille were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Angers, but one player who deserved to be on a winning side was Jordan Amavi.

He helped keep the clean sheet for the hosts with eight ball recoveries, five interceptions, and five clearances, while, like Marcal above, he also won 10/13 duels on the ground.

The former Aston Villa man could be found bombing up and down the left wing for the majorty of play, completing three dribbles, putting two successful crosses into the box and, sending 16 passes into the final third.

Marco Verratti
M, DM (C) - PSG - 27 yrs
Jan 26, 2020

While Neymar will grab most of the headlines due to his two goals, Verratti was statistically PSG's best player in the 2-0 away win over Lille.

He was the third-best passer in all of Ligue 1 in this round of fixtures, completing 93/101 balls to team-mates, with 17 of these passes being sent into the final third.

While Neymar did all the hard work for the opening goal which was scored by the Brazilian, it was a neat little square pass from Verratti which gave the latter an assist for the night.

The Italian's nine ball recoveries helped make it very difficult for Lille to build up any momentum.

Neymar Jr.
AM (CL) - PSG - 27 yrs
Jan 26, 2020

With around half an hour gone against Lille, Neymar took the game by the scruff of the neck and ramped up the tempo, scoring the first goal with a devastating finish into the top right corner after the aforementioned pass from Verratti.

There was an element of fortune about his second goal, however, as opposition goalkeeper Mike Maignan almost won the battle of wits against him as he stood up to take his penalty. However, the ball just squeezed into the inside of the post.

Neymar only completed two dribbles on the night, a fairly low number for him, but helped keep the play ticking over with 25 passes sent into the final third.

Adrien Thomasson
AM, M (C) - Strasbourg - 26 yrs
Jan 25, 2020

Strasbourg moved up to eighth in the Ligue 1 table after an impressive 3-1 away victory at Monaco.

Midfielder Adrien Thomasson bossed the midfield throughout, winning 11/17 duels and 3/5 tackles, as well as making a huge 10 ball recoveries.

He got a well earned place on the scoresheet, too, and in impressive fashion as he receives the cross at an awkward height towards his knee, before taking a touch into the air and dragging a left-footed half volley across the box into the bottom right corner.


Valentin Rongier (8.2) was the pass master of Ligue 1 this week, completing 107/112 for Marseille.


Saint-Etienne may have won 2-1 against Nimes, but winger Franck Honorat (4.6) didn't contribute much, with no shots on target and just four passes completed during his time on the pitch.

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