Ben Yedder, ASSE and Bordeaux towards Ligue 2, Messi and Mbappé shine with PSG: the tops and the flops of the 37th day

The peaks

  • Ben Yedder, the “Federer” of ASM

The opportunity was so good … and Monaco almost lost it. While OM lost 2-0 in Rennes, the Monegasques were also two goals down to Louis-II on Saturday on Matchday 37. But their captain, Wissam Ben Yedder, rectified the situation against Brest. He scored a hat-trick between the 44th and the 54th minute, including a penalty kick. Reverse dynamics and a 4-2 victory for the Rock men, new PSG dolphins.

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In addition, the French international remains in the running to finish top scorer in Ligue 1, only one unit behind Kylian Mbappé (24 goals, up from 25). He deserved a (slightly) excessive tweet from AS Monaco, which he sees in him … the “CAPA”.

In recent days it has been more about “image rights” than football, as far as Kylian Mbappé is concerned. Overall, for weeks, even years, there has been talk of rumors as much as of sport, at the mention of his name. But sometimes – often, fortunately – the round ball regains its rights, and on Saturday Mbappé did not play as a worried man, during the Parisian success in Montpellier (0-4). He provided two assists for Lionel Messi, one of which owes as much to Angel Di Maria’s fake physique as to the quality of the ball delivered by the French international, of course.

The second, on the other hand, is a delightful out-of-the-way that illustrates how much Mbappé has expanded its range this season. Then he also scored from the spot. Despite the pressures of Ben Yedder, on his heels in the goal department, he remains the top scorer and the best passer of the Ligue 1, 2021-2022 edition. Sunday, it will be a question next door again, with a UNFP trophy ceremony that he scored with a raucous statement three years ago, and during which every word of him will be scrutinized. But in La Mosson, on Saturday, they only talked about football.

  • Messi, a double and a date

The Argentine failed in his first season at PSG, in fact, both in terms of play and numbers. Scoring a brace during the Parisian card at La Mosson against Montpellier, Pulga may have set a date for a smoother second season, where he will finally feel comfortable with crampons. He has yet to change his environment after a career spent at FC Barcelona, ​​a club specific to his way of playing. After twenty-one years of Catalan life, the genius of Rosario, having 6 goals in Ligue 1 this season alone, is entitled to a second chance next year. His season finale leaves a great deal of hope.

Lionel Messi

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  • Lens, pleasure all the way

Nobody will blame RC Lens for not playing in Europe next season. Still in the running for a place in the Europa Conference League on the final day, the artesian club, 7th with 61 points and only two points from Strasbourg, has offered itself the right to dream of a return to Europe, which would be the first time 2007 / 2008, a hellish season and a descent into the Ligue 2 of the time.

Back solidly in the elite, through the game, the RCL has bet on the ball and this is enough for the happiness of its fans and also of all those who love Ligue 1, seduced by the principles of Sang-et-Or. So finally, Europe or not, the Lensois season is good. The 60-point bar was exceeded, the team seduced and was able to restart after a more complicated winter. As Franck Haise said, Monaco’s welcome will be “one last great game to play“.

  • Troyes, Clermont, Lorient: mission accomplished

It wasn’t easy, but Troyes, Clermont and Lorient will do well in Ligue 1 next season. Very perfectible, but rather strong in terms of identity, especially with the ball for the Clermont offensive, these teams deserved their maintenance despite the dross or shortcomings. For Troyes, unable to maintain himself in the last climbs, the hour is of satisfaction despite the defeat at Aube against Lens (1-3).

Maintenance is validated, it is never taken for granted. What pride for the club, the City Group (which bought the club in 2020, ed), the staff, the players … We’ve been through difficult times but we opted for this maintenance, which is historic. Despite the defeat, there is therefore enormous satisfaction“, Stressed Bruno Irles, hired to keep the team mid-season.

The flops

  • Nice, late-season fishtail

The extraordinary success against Saint-Etienne in the end did not change anything. Beaten by Lille (1-3) in front of the home crowd, OGC Nice lost big in the race for Europe, he who was 4th before attacking the 37th day. In attack thanks to Justin Kluivert’s goal, the Gym then disappeared from the radar screens after returning from the locker room. A total extinction with the air of severe mental failure.

A week after losing in the Coupe de France final to Nantes, Aiglons once again showed their amorphous face. On Christophe Galtier’s part, there was the same feeling of helplessness after the match. The technician was unable to explain the copy returned in the second half. “It is a very big disappointment. We no longer have our fate in hand, we could hope for a qualification for the Champions Cup“.

  • Saint-Etienne beaten again, Dupraz shot down, the fans angry

Where is the hero who saved Toulouse? After a good start to his rescue mission with AS Saint-Etienne, Pascal Dupraz is in the process of dropping the flag. Marked by the defeat of his men against Reims (1-2) at Geoffroy-Guichard, the coach appeared without solutions in front of the press, even dejected.

It was enough to hear his voice, with a slow and tired flow, to end up convincing himself that the Savoyard had also let himself go in his head. “It is one defeat too many, but there is still hope, three points up for grabs and hope of facing Nantes … this is the mission. And then, we’ll eagerly watch what happens for other reasons. ” We saw and heard stronger as a speech than him.

After the match, played behind closed doors, the fans fired smoke bombs at the club’s facilities … a symbol of endless anger. A real quagmire.

  • PQ and evening still march in Bordeaux

The evening in Bordeaux was full of lessons. First of all to the side of the stands: the Ultramarines, the main ultras group from Bordeaux, welcomed their team in a rather hostile way, before continuing their mission in the spans of Matmut-Atlantique. With the banners, the fans went around the owner: the group took, Benoît Costil took (the goalkeeper filed a complaint against the group for defamation) and … surprise, he also took Gérard Lopez.

During the game, a roll of toilet paper even interrupted the game. Hanged by Lorient (0-0) and nearly relegated, the FCGB has only eyes to cry after another night of next to nothing. Completely stunned David Guion acknowledged that the disastrous fate that awaited the club on the last day made sense. “It’s a sad evening (…) the season has been so bad that we deserve what’s happening to us. “

For his part, Gérard Lopez, now abandoned by the ultras, spoke overnight in a press release. “I’ll take the night to digest all of this. We will probably go to Ligue 2. I measure and understand the anger of the fans. We will have a great responsibility to respond to them, take stock and find solutions to recover as quickly as possible. I will express myself coldly after the season. I will continue to put all my energy into saving the club, as I have always done“.

The toilet paper jet in Bordeaux opposite Lorient

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