Interview: Chelsea’s Goalkeeping Coach Christophe Lollichon

Interview: Chelsea’s Goalkeeping Coach Christophe Lollichon

Christophe Lollichon knows Chelsea FC off by heart – so well that he has served under eight managers in eight years. In a recent interview with our friends at Offside.fr (FFW’s mirror image – covering English football in French!) he looked back on his past, his relationship with Petr Cech, that text message received one Saturday at Rennes, Kurt Zouma and the role of the goalkeeper. In a no holds barred interview! (translation by @jeremysmith98) Offside!…

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Gradel At The Max for Saint-Etienne #FFWTOTW

Gradel At The Max for Saint-Etienne #FFWTOTW

Perhaps it’s a good thing that we have an international break coming up next week! After a couple of high-octane rounds of Ligue 1 football, this week was a little more subdued as some players began to look tired and the tension of the end-of-season run-in begins to affect teams at both ends of the table. PSG go into the break at the top of the table – amazingly for the first time this season. Their…

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Romain Hamouma Helps Saint-Etienne in European Race

Romain Hamouma Helps Saint-Etienne in European Race

The weekend started with the rare pleasure of two Friday fixtures, though Bastia and Nice won’t have enjoyed their evenings much. The Corsicans ended the match with nine men as Monaco eased to a 3-0 win – a perfect preparation for their midweek match against Arsenal. And Nice continued to slip closer to the relegation zone after going down 2-1 to Guingamp in a creepily empty and echoey Allianz Riviera – a first league win…

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Fabulous Nabil Fekir the France and Fennec Flirt #FFWTOTW

Fabulous Nabil Fekir the France and Fennec Flirt #FFWTOTW

This weekend saw the top three show the rest of Ligue 1 who is boss as they scored a spectacular 15 goals between them! Marseille started proceedings, winning on their travels for the first time since October and doing it in some style, smashing Toulouse 6-1, thanks in part to another Batshuayi double, his second in three matches. And Steve Mandanda did this post-match! PSG fell a couple short of that mark but ran out easy…

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Magnificent Lopes Helps Lille Shock Lyon #FFWTOTW

Magnificent Lopes Helps Lille Shock Lyon #FFWTOTW

A few long-standing unbeaten records fell this weekend. Leaders Lyon fell to their first league defeat since the derby with Saint-Etienne on 30 November in succumbing 2-1 at Lille. In a game of two halves, Lyon dominated the first half, but barely did a thing in the second as Lille were a team transformed. Monaco’s excellent defensive streak continued after their 0-0 draw against PSG. That’s only one goal conceded in 11 Ligue 1 matches now….

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Super Sala Sends SM Caen Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

Super Sala Sends SM Caen Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

Lyon remain two points clear at the top of the table after a 1-0 win at home to Nantes. Despite the return of Alexandre Lacazette, it was a far from straightforward win for Hubert Fournier’s men, who struggled to break down a resolute Canari defence, and were lucky that Nantes were not a little more clinical on the break, certainly in the first half. But a very scrappy goal was enough for les Gônes to…

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Jeannot helps Lorient Keep Lyon In Check

Jeannot helps Lorient Keep Lyon In Check

So it’s as you were at the top of the table, after all three of the teams at the top could only draw. Of the three, Lyon will probably be the most satisfied with their point, despite squandering the opportunity to go four points clear on Sunday night. They were outplayed by an excellent Lorient for the majority of the match and it looked like Hubert Fournier’s decision to start with Ferri and Gourcuff on…

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Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

There are few players in French football today who are able to divide opinion like Samir Nasri. A misunderstood genius to some; a trouble-maker, incapable of showing accountability for his actions to others. Loved then hated by Arsenal fans; from great white hope to great white elephant for France fans. Performing (intermittently) well enough for Manchester City to earn another France call up, only to disappoint when swapping sky blue for Bleu. Nasri’s international career now…

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