Laurent Blanc: Hindrance, Mastermind or Just Lucky?

Laurent Blanc: Hindrance, Mastermind or Just Lucky?

In the world of modern day media, every game is analysed and over-analysed. It is easier to predict what is going to happen before a game, and then distance yourself when it doesn’t work out. When it comes to post-match analysis, hindsight is a wonderful thing and can help shape what and how you write. On Wednesday night, Paris Saint-Germain pulled off one of the greatest results in their history. Knocking Chelsea out of the…

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Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

The front page of Tuesday’s L’Equipe featured Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir, confirming his decision to play for the country of his birth, France, over Algeria, the country where his parents were born. Front page of L’Equipe today. Fekir has made his decision. #FRA #OL pic.twitter.com/GnS3rIsY0o — FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) March 10, 2015 It is wonderful news for France as Fekir follows in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema in choosing Les Bleus over Les…

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One Year On: Chelsea Heavy Favourites Against Weakened PSG

One Year On: Chelsea Heavy Favourites Against Weakened PSG

When both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea walk out onto the Parc des Princes pitch on Tuesday evening, both sides know they will have to be at their best to pick up a positive first leg result. Chelsea will only play six of the eleven that started the first leg last season, and due to injuries, Laurent Blanc will have to play eight of the side that won 3-1 last year. There is little doubt that…

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Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Stade de Reims are in a very rare group – they are one of the few clubs that Olympique de Marseille has actually beaten away from home this season. This does not bode well for Jean-Luc Vasseur and his team as they travel to the Stade Velodrome for Friday night’s fixture. Marcelo Bielsa’s team were at their imperious best when these sides met at the Stade Auguste Delaune in September. Marseille ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but…

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Could Former Liverpool Boss Replace Blanc This Summer

Could Former Liverpool Boss Replace Blanc This Summer

Despite having relative success with Paris Saint-Germain over the last two seasons, it is looking very unlikely that Laurent Blanc will continue in his role next season. On Wednesday morning, Correiro dello Sport, suggests that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez could be in running to leave Naples and become the new coach at Manchester City, Newcastle United or possibly return to Anfield. Recently Benitez has also been touted to replace Blanc in the Parisian hot…

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Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Out of contract at the end of the season, Andre-Pierre Gignac is a wanted man across Europe. His form may have dipped since the opening 10 games of the season, but as a free transfer, there is little doubt he is a man in demand. Monday’s Daily Mirror suggests that he is a target for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton this summer. Gignac has scored 14 goals in 24 games, which on paper is a fantastic return,…

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Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

Arsenal Linked With Summer Move for Paris Saint-Germain Lynch-pin

You would think that with the closing of the transfer window we would get a few weeks reprieve of transfer stories….don’t be silly. Sunday’s big story was in the Daily Star, suggesting that Arsenal had been told that it would cost £40 million to sign Italian international Marco Verratti. There is no doubt that Verratti is a superb midfielder, and if you are looking to build a world class midfield, he is the ideal lynch-pin…

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OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

Claude Puel’s Nice are enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks, they have won 10 of the last 12 points available, taking them up to eighth with 32 points. On Sunday, their opponents also have 32 points, but they are on the way down. Les Canaris have failed to win any of their last four games, and they now have the second worst goal scoring record in the league. For a team out…

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