Ligue 1

Mbappe and Benedetto earn perfect ratings in Ligue's Top 5 Players of the Week

The PSG superstar and the Marseille striker both scored a FootballCritic rating of 10 after their showings this weekend

 
12:15pm on Monday 2nd March 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Kylian Mbappé
F (C), W (L) - PSG - 21 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Feb 29, 2020

In the absence of the suspended Neymar, the attacking onus was further on Kylian Mbappe to impress for PSG, and not only did he do that, but he flourished.

Right from the get-go he looked dangerous with his runs in behind and movement in the final third. It was via a darting sprint in behind the Dijon defence which led him to latch on to a threaded pass from Julian Draxler before rounding the keeper to slot home.

Dijon simply couldn't handle his extreme pace, as he set up the third after turning sharply in midfield before sprinting forward and laying the ball into the path of Mauro Icardi to score.

He would eventually claim his second in much simpler fashion with a lashed close-range finish at the back post.

The World Cup winner sent seven crosses into the box, completed four dribbles, sent 24 passes into the final third, and had 12 touches inside the opposition area which was more than anyone in Ligue 1.

Darío Benedetto
S (C) - Marseille - 29 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Feb 28, 2020

After the surprising loss against Nantes, Marseille bounced back with a 3-2 away win versus Nimes, with Darío Benedetto scoring a hat-trick.

Each of the goals displayed a different aspect of his talent as a penalty box striker. The first saw him pop up at the back post to smash in after anticipating the cross from Bouna Sarr.

The second was just delightful as he ran through on goal before lifting a lovely side-footed lob over the oncoming goalkeeper.

For his hat-trick goal, he showed his predatory instinct inside the box to react before everyone else to reach a loose ball following a cross to emphatically lash a finish into the corner.

He only had four touches inside the Nimes box - and three of them were goals.

Géronimo Rulli
GK - Montpellier - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.9
Feb 29, 2020

Montpellier moved up to sixth in the Ligue 1 table after brushing aside Strasbourg with a 3-0 win, with Geronimo Rulli proving too formidable a barrier for the visitors on the night.

The Argentine had to contend with seven shots on target from Strasbourg, and he saved every single one.

The best stop of the game actually came at a vital time when it was still 0-0, as Lamine Kone rose high from a corner to power a header down towards the bottom corner, only for Rulli to stretch out a hand to turn it round the post.

Téji Savanier
M, DM (C) - Montpellier - 28 yrs
90'
8.5
Feb 29, 2020

Teji Savanier also impressed for Montpellier, as he scored two of their three goals.

His first came just before the hour mark as he coolly and emphatically stroked a penalty into the bottom corner.

Just seven minutes later he would have his second as he took advantage of the space ahead of him to drive into the final third before rifling a cracking strike into the bottom left corner from 25 yards.

Outwith his goals, he battled hard in midfield, winning 7/13 duels, as well as making 10 ball recoveries.

Benjamin Lecomte
GK - Monaco - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.4
Feb 29, 2020

Monaco stretched their unbeaten run to five Ligue 1 games after drawing 1-1 at home to Reims.

While Benjamin Lecomte didn't earn the clean sheet like fellow goalkeeper in the rankings, Rulli, he was important in gaining the point for Monaco as he made no less than seven saves in the 90 minutes.

None of the stops will make any YouTube compilations of wonder saves, but his composure and solidity gave Monaco stability at the back.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Rennes maintained third place in the league after defeating Toulouse, with Steven N'Zonzi (8.2) controlling the midfield with 72/80 passes completed, 14/19 duels won, 2/3 tackles won, and 10/13 aerial duels won.

ROUND TO FORGET

In the same match, Toulouse keeper Mauro Goicoechea (5) didn't provide much resistance. He made just two saves all day, with a direct error from him leading to one of the goals from Rennes. He also gave away possession 18 times.

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