Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Juventus – Champions League


As Lyon prepare to welcome Juventus to the Parc OL this evening, a bit of a cloud hangs over the team. As Alexandre Lacazette and Rafael were only just coming back from injury lay-offs, the pair only featured from the bench in Friday’s defeat to Nice. Admittedly, Nabil Fekir’s red card halfway through the first half had more to do […]

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Preview : CSKA Moscow v AS Monaco – Champions League


Monaco head to Russia this evening on the back of a disheartening loss at Toulouse on Friday. Leonardo Jardim opted for a rotated side, with several players having been in action internationally, and paid the price, as an aggressive Toulouse side won 3-1, a margin that could have been more had the hosts been more clinical. Nevertheless, Monaco are in good stead […]

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Corentin Tolisso: Heir to the Lyon Fortune


In a parallel football universe there may well be a version of Corentin Tolisso plying his trade in Serie A wearing the famous sky blue shirt of Napoli. Maybe he’s reveling in the new climes of Italy’s top flight; conversely the midfielder could be kicking his heels on the bench pondering the merits of his move to Naples. It’s actually […]

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Why Rene Girard is not the right guy for FC Nantes


Where did the magic go? After 7 games in this season, Nantes are camped in 18th in the Ligue 1 table. The “Canaris” were prepared to have a difficult kick-off this season, but did not anticipate being in such dreadful position early on. You have to admit, the Atlantic coastal club has had some up and downs in the last ten years: relegation to […]

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Can 2016 Finally Prove a Vintage Year for Bordeaux?


Antony Carey is a long-suffering fan of Girondins de Bordeaux, but this season, after their early displays, it seems this new-look team has got him and the Bordelais a little bit excited. It’s been a rough few seasons for fans of Les Girondins but after watching the 3-1 demolition of Lyon at Parc OL, a little voice in the back […]

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Preview : Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb – Champions League


Having conceded seven goals in their last two league matches, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that Lyon are a club in flux. After comprehensive defeats of Nancy and Caen to start the season, last year’s runners-up have dropped six points and seem to be riddled with problems. A perfect storm of injuries and poor form have […]

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Preview : Tottenham v Monaco – Champions League


When Monaco were last in the Champions’ League proper, in 2014-15, they qualified directly by finishing second in Ligue 1. In this edition, it took a pair of playoff rounds, and some might have it that they were lucky with regards to their opponents. Both Fenerbahce and Villarreal could be considered favorable draws; both were hit hard by injuries and suspensions, making […]

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Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco celebrate v Villareal

With just six days between matches, and seemingly no change in the fitness issues that are currently plaguing Villarreal, the overriding assumption is that today’s match between hosts Monaco and the Spanish side is all but a foregone conclusion. After all, at the weekend while Monaco were able to eke out a victory away at the always-challenging Nantes, despite using […]

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