FC Nantes: Goalless and now Coachless

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You cannot spell slaughter without laughter. Both were in evidence in spades Wednesday night at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes. The slaughter took place on the pitch as Olympique Lyonnais inflicted a historic 6-0 defeat on their hosts. The laughter was down to the enormous amount of gallows humour on show in the stands, particularly during the second […]

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Preview : AS Saint-Etienne v FSV Mainz – Europa League

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Game 5 in Group C sees some jockeying for position as Saint-Etienne welcome Mainz while Anderlecht, also on eight points, travel to Gabala. ASSE are ninth in Ligue 1 and have pretty much the same form across both competitions they are in with 2 points per game, although are mildly more successful in front of both goals in Europe (scoring five and […]

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Preview : FC Schalke v OGC Nice – Europa League

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Ah, Nice. Still top of Ligue 1 after a 1-0 away win at Saint-Etienne at the weekend, albeit no longer unbeaten after losing by the same margin at Caen the game before. Consistently exciting and inventive, they are a joy to watch. And so far, absolutely terrible in Europe. Nice sit bottom of the group with a solitary win (1-0 away at […]

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United Keeping Tabs On Celtic’s Dembele

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Ever since young French striker Moussa Dembele arrived at Celtic Park from English Championship side Fulham, he has looked every bit a star, scoring eighteen goals for his new club to date. The 20-year-old took his tally for the French Under-21 side to four goals from four games recently, finding the back of the net twice in a 3-2 victory […]

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Preview : AS Monaco v Tottenham Hotspur – Champions League

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In a surprising turn of events, Group E in this year’s Champions League has the potential to be decided not in the final round of matches but in today’s encounters. If Bayer Leverkusen win at CSKA Moscow, Monaco need only a point at home against Tottenham Hotspur to eliminate the English side. Rather than taking the result as yet another […]

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Preview : Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais – Champions League

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Lyon have slowly but surely started to round into form domestically, following an ugly 3-1 loss to Guingamp with three successive wins over Toulouse, Bastia and Lille. Their attack is still yet to click as it has in the past, but in young defenders Mouctar Diakhaby and Emanuel Mammana, the club’s back line is beginning to look more solid. The […]

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Monaco – Let Them Entertain You

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You can keep your “MSNs” and “BBCs”; for sheer goalscoring entertainment, you would struggle to improve upon the likes of FML down in the glitz and glamour of Monaco. For Messrs Radamel Falcao, Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, it’s been goals galore so far this season. Across the top five leagues in Europe, Monaco currently stand alone as the most […]

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France Review: Rabiot Shows The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Bleu

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Doucement, doucement, attrape le singe? I’m not convinced softly softly catchee monkey translates well into French, but in trying to find something to take away from France’s latest international double-header, the best I can come up with is that perhaps the benefits of two turgid matches will turn out to be slow-burners and good investment for the future. Les Bleus […]

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