Mandanda, it’s over


By: Manu Tournoux

As during Stade Rennais’ new defeat against AS Monaco on Saturday evening in Ligue 1, Steve Mandanda no longer works miracles in his goal, at 38 years old…

Released by OM, Steve Mandanda relaunched his career in goal for Stade Rennais last season. But the 2018 world champion goalkeeper, now retired from the France team, is sinking like his entire team this season. The Rouge et Noir recorded their sixth defeat in 15 days of Ligue 1, Saturday against AS Monaco (2-1), and find themselves in 13th place in the standings.

The current level of Mandanda, now 38 years old, convinces neither Rennes supporters nor attentive observers of the French championship. “ Mandanda, with all respect for his career, he is finished. He no longer does differences », railed Daniel Riolo, the RMC consultant, Saturday evening, after the victory of the Monegasques against the team led by Julien Stéphan.

Statistically, Mandanda is the worst goalkeeper in Ligue 1 in save percentage (65.5%) alongside Matz Sels (Strasbourg). The best goalkeepers in the French championship revolve around 80% saves, such as (in order) Marcin Bulka (Nice), Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG), Brice Samba (Lens), Arthur Desmas (Le Havre) and Lucas Chevalier ( Losc).

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