Archive for category: AS Saint-Etienne

Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain face huge Barcelona test

Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain face huge Barcelona test

Tuesday 19.45 BST / 20.45 CEST – Paris St-Germain v Barcelona In game 1 : PSG drew 1-1 at Ajax (Pastore’s opener cancelled out by Schone), and Barca beat Apoel 1-0 at home (Pique). PSG’s league form continues to raise some eyebrows, as they drew 1-1 (again) away at Toulouse […]

Olympique de Marseille vs. AS Saint-Etienne: Big Test for Bielsa

Olympique de Marseille vs. AS Saint-Etienne: Big Test for Bielsa

It is a good time to be a Marseille supporter right now. After five consecutive victories – during which the team have scored 16 goals and conceded just one – les Phoceens sit atop the Ligue 1 table after the first seven fixtures. Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa is about to […]

Europa Euround-up: three teams, two points, one goal

Europa Euround-up: three teams, two points, one goal

Group F: Qarabag 0 – 0 Saint Etienne While bigger names Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Inter Milan faced off (Inter winning 0-1 with a goal from D’Ambrosio, and Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan sent off), Christophe Galtier’s men must have been looking at their Azerbaijaini opponents and thinking, “well, how hard can […]

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

This midweek sees the first group stage games for the five French teams involved in European competition this season. This followed a not-very-successful-overall set of results in the qualifying play-offs, which saw Lille drop down to the Europa League after being beaten 3-0 on aggregate by Porto, Saint-Etienne needing penalties […]

Monaco’s problems are opening up the door for a Champions League race

Monaco’s problems are opening up the door for a Champions League race

During pre-season, the chatter concerning the upper echelons of Ligue 1 quickly coalesced into a firm consensus: PSG would win the league at a canter, Monaco would be a comfortable second and Marseille or Lille would probably grab third. PSG are still certain to end the season on top, but […]

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne – Out of the frying pan and into the fire

Preview: Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne – Out of the frying pan and into the fire

This is, without a doubt, the first major clash in this new Ligue 1 season. As Saint-Etienne travel to Ligue 1’s double title-holders, Paris Saint-Germain, Les Verts have been enjoying a near-perfect start to the season, while Laurent Blanc’s men are experiencing their usual – relative – slow start in […]

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Three teams to get off the mark Whilst many may have predicted that come week three, both Lens and Evian would have failed to get off the mark, I doubt many, if any, would have guessed that Monaco would also be part of that club.  After a home loss to Lorient […]

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

The headline team in France at the moment are most definitely Bordeaux after their astonishing defeat of noveau-riche Monaco on Sunday, after an away victory at Montpellier in week one. New Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol’s tweaks at half time turned the match around completely and it meant that after two matches Bordeaux […]