It’s Adam and Erics 2021! The complete results of the Ligue 1 season | League 1
Match of the season: Monaco 3-2 PSG
Niko Kovac’s appointment to Monaco was greeted with a head scratch and the indifferent form of his team in the opening weeks of the season confirmed this. Monaco looked pretty decent going forward, but new signing Kevin Volland had yet to hit his stride and their defense struggled a lot. When they played for PSG in November and lost 2-0 in the first half, they looked well on their way to another unsightly performance. But Monaco fought back to win 3-2 thanks to a brace from Volland and a vintage performance from Cesc Fàbregas. This victory announced that, if not contenders for the title, they were at least a more than dangerous opponent.
Goal of the season: Irvin Cardona, Brest
This goal of Irvin Cardona simply must be seen to be believed. As time goes by in an early season win over Dijon, Romain Perraud hits a whipped cross at the back post and Cardona, after being suspended in the air for what seems like an eternity, sends the ball up the roof net, both feet never touching the ground. Closer to a martial arts movie or video game than you might expect on a soccer field, it really was a sumptuous finish.
Season save: Steve Mandanda against Montpellier
Despite another confident and controlled campaign between the sticks, Marseille mainstay Steve Mandanda’s place could be under threat next season as new coach Jorge Sampaoli considers more modern ball play options. If this was the 36-year-old’s last season as a No.1, he will remember one save especially during an exciting meeting with Montpellier in April. With Marseille 3-2 to 10 men and under the pressure of a succession of corners, Mandanda leapt to his left to skillfully push the head of Daniel Congré but, as he fell, Gaëtan Laborde leapt. Just three feet away and with Mandanda on his back, Laborde’s instant effort was incomprehensibly pushed back by Mandanda’s raised knee. Laborde would recover, however, with a superb diving header in added time to equalize and steal a point from Montpellier.
Player of the season: Kylian Mbappé
While the romance of Lille’s title race will have the hipsters clamoring for Burak Yilmaz or Benjamin André, there is no doubt that Kylian Mbappé has been the standout player. Beating heart of the PSG attack, he took over with eagerness when Neymar was injured, or Mauro Icardi was indifferent. His absence against Manchester City in the Champions League said it, as his double of bravery against Lyon at the end of the season almost eliminated The Gones of the title race while restoring the confidence of PSG. If Mbappé leaves this summer, he will do it in style.
Young player of the season: Amine Gouiri, Nice
While the UNFP has chosen the relentless Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni, we opt for the French U21 international Amine Gouiri. He was a rare and brilliant spark for an otherwise turgid and injured Nice, scoring 12 goals and registering seven assists. It seems certain that he will be a building block for the squad in the future, which is no small feat considering the level of the players around him.
Season Celebration: Andy Delort v Nîmes
After scoring what he thought was the first Languedoc derby match in March, Montpellier striker Andy Delort rushed to the corner flag camera and dove into his shorts. Fortunately, and oddly, the French produced a red haribo in the form of a crocodile – the symbol of Nîmes’ bitter rivals – before eating the candy in front of the camera. VAR, however, ruined Delort’s pleasure by knocking down the goal before Nimes compounded their embarrassment by scoring (legally) themselves four minutes later.
Biggest flash point: Marseille supporters at the training ground
As Neymar’s childish brawl with Lille defender Tiago Djaló bordered on amusing – “push me again and see what happens,” Djaló warns in the Prince’s Park tunnel after the two were kicked out – the actions some Marseille supporters in January turned out to be far from fun. Frustrated by the bad form of the team and in particular the ruthless management of the club by the then president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, dozens of supporters violently stormed the club’s training ground. Police made 25 arrests; there was “several hundred thousand euros” in damage to the training ground; André Villas-Boas had his briefcase stolen; a tree was set on fire; and the players and staff were confronted. It was a dark day for French football.
Manager of the season: Christophe Galtier, Lille
With my apologies to Kovac in Monaco and Franck Haise in Lens, who both far exceeded expectations, for Lille to lose their best striker this summer (again), while reaching the knockout stages of the Europa League and winning Ligue 1. the title is nothing short of a miracle. Galtier, our winner in 2019, is again the deserved winner. His well-rounded and hard-working side improved throughout the year and his confidence in the start of the season Jonathan David flop was duly rewarded as the young Canadian became a vital cog in the offensive. team.
Best tifo: Lille v Lens
Fans continued to be felt from the stands through a range of vibrant tifos. An ode to departing coach Stéphane Moulin of Angevin supporters and an elaborate arch through which the Lyon team’s bus could pass were memorable examples, but Lille supporters took a more direct approach. Their rivals Lens returned to Ligue 1 this season and, before their first derby against Lille in five years, their players were presented with six giant words stuck on the stands of Stade Pierre-Mauroy: “We love Lille. We hate Lens. ” In English. Route something from the Lille ultras.
Best Sporting Director: Luís Campos
“Luis Campos was the architect of this team,” said Galtier of his team which won the title. While the nuanced training of the magnanimous Frenchman has each improved their hard core during his tenure, the 56-year-old transfer whisperer has given him the tools to build such a team. Campos left mid-season but he is the only man to beat PSG to the title twice in the past five seasons. As he did with Monaco, Campos has built an eclectic and balanced team using minimal resources, having scoured less fashionable markets to find talent under the radar. Lille’s top pick XI cost just £ 66million, a third of what PSG paid for Neymar. Astonishing.
Moment of the season: Burak Yilmaz’s double against Lyon
Lyon appeared to have knocked Lille out of the title race and returned to contention for the Champions League at the end of April, taking a 2-0 lead over Mastiffs. However, the hosts had not counted on Burak Yilmaz. His brace, crowning a combat performance, was legendary, including a superb free kick to halve the deficit just before the interval. It was the night the “Kral” truly deserved his crown.
Signature of the season: Lucas Paquetá, Lyon
Paquetá came to Lyon with a reputation, but the way he rose to Ligue 1 was remarkable. Deployed earlier in the season as a box-to-box player, he also shone as a No.10, finding his goal shoes impressively in the second half of the season. Presumably being granted more freedom and the chance to polish up his relationship with Houssem Aouar next season, the former Milanese has exceptional value for money. Honorable mentions also go to Volland, Yilmaz and Sven Botman, all of whom would have been worthy winners in another season.
Flop of the season: Mediapro
The “League of Talents” has generally lived up to its bill this season, with French clubs generally spending wisely. Despite one or two missteps on the ground – Danilo Pereira at PSG in particular – the biggest disappointment came from the Spanish channel Mediapro. Their Netflix-style subscription service, Téléfoot, was considered a watershed moment for French football. However, Mediapro was unable to fund the deal and Téléfoot collapsed after just a few months as the pandemic escalated and the resumption of the expensive subscription stalled. Ligue 1 is still looking for a new arrangement, probably much less financially powerful. A humiliating flashback.
Team of the season
Starting eleven: Mike Maignan, Jonathan Clauss, José Fonte, Botman, Reinildo, Paqueta, André, Tchouameni, Depay, Mbappé, Yilmaz. Substitutes: Navas, Badé, C. Henrique, Y. Fofana, Volland, Ben Yedder, Laborde.