January 25, 2022

The best squad in Ligue 1 mid-season (2021-2022) – Football

Since the start of the season, some players have shone brightly with their club. And others have revealed themselves or confirmed their talent. At the end of the first leg of the championship, Maxifoot unveils its best squad and its typical team from the start of the 2021-2022 season.

Mbapp and Payet have a successful first part of the season

The best squad was chosen based on the actual performance of the players since the start of the 2021-2022 season, and not on their assumed value. With regard to the complementarity of the players, here is the best mid-season workforce in Ligue 1, produced by Maxifoot with the participation of Damien Da Silva, Youcef Touaitia, Eric Bethsy, Romain Lantheaume, Gilles Campos and Alexis Goudlijian.

In this best mid-season squad, you can note the presence of four Marseillais, three Parisians, three Rennais, three Lensois, two Lyonnais, two Nantes, two Strasbourg, one Niois, one Montpellier, one Angevin and one Lille.

The best Ligue 1 squad since the start of the season (assumption of 23 players under contract)

GUARDIANS (3) : Alban Lafont (Nantes), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Pau Lopez (Marseille)

Like every year, many Ligue 1 goalkeepers can join this workforce. However, some choices made sense to us. This is the case of Lyonnais Anthony Lopes. Present in 7 of the 19 editions of the typical Maxifoot team this season, he brought back valuable points for a disappointing OL. Nantes Alban Lafont was also unanimous within the editorial staff. The Canaries doorman delivered good performances and is no stranger to the return to form of Nantes, 7th in L1 mid-season.

Finally, the Marseillais Pau lopez, goalkeeper of the current best defense in L1 (15 goals), completes this selection. Despite the pressure of having to take the place of Steve Mandanda, a legend in Marseille, the Spaniard is showing very solid. His serenity and his reassuring performances finally convinced the supporters of OM. Even if it will still take time to replace Il Fenomeno in the hearts of Phocens fans.

DEFENDERS (7) : Nayef Aguerd (Rennes), Jonathan Clauss (Lens), Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens), Frdric Guilbert (Strasbourg), Marquinhos (Paris SG), William Saliba (Marseille), Jean-Clair Todibo (Nice)

In our defensive sector, the Parisian Marks is a logical choice. If we can wonder about the irregular performance of some PSG players, this is never the case for its captain. To accompany it, we have chosen the Marseillais William Saliba. Excellent in reading the game and calm in the recovery, the former Stphanois is a must in the defense of Jorge Sampaoli. Finally, the Rennais Nayef Aguerd, who has become the real boss of the Rennes defense since the departure of Damien Da Silva, and the Niois Jean-Clair Todibo, sober and efficient among the Aiglons, complete the list of central defenders.

At the right side post, how to do without the Lensois Jonathan Clauss ? In line with his 2020-2021 season, the defender of the Sang et Or continues to enchant big performances and has a total of 7 decisive assists. His teammate Przemyslaw Frankowski, recruited last summer by the arts club, did not take long to adapt to L1. The Pole is already 4 goals and 4 decisive assists. With the versatility of the two Lensois, we chose the Strasbourg Frdric Guilbert to complete the posts in the corridors. The former Caennais has improved a lot since his time in England, Aston Villa, and has solid performances in Alsace.

MIDDLE (4) : Seko Fofana (Lens), Matto Guendouzi (Marseille), Idrissa Gueye (Paris SG), Flavien Tait (Rennes)

In the middle of the field, the Lensois Seko Fofana is obvious. Powerful, technical and skilful in the last gesture, the former Udinese player is one of the strong men of RCL. Loan by Arsenal, Matto Guendouzi did not take long to put the supporters of OM in the pocket. His grinta and his good performances conquered the Marseille public. He is exactly the type of player made for Marseille.

Then we selected the Parisian Idrissa Gueye. The Senegalese international was the only one to stand out on the hard side among Paris Saint-Germain circles. Finally, the Rennais Flavien Tait completes the midfield. If the former Angevin took time to break through in Brittany, he is today an essential element in Bruno Genesio’s team. And it is probably no coincidence that Rennes lost in his absence to Lille and Nice in early December …

OFFENSES (5) : Ludovic Blas (Nantes), Sofiane Boufal (Angers), Lucas Paqueta (Lyon), Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Tji Savanier (Montpellier)

We are now entering the realm of artists, these players capable of raising the crowds. In this register, how not to quote the Marseillais Dimitri Payet ? The Runionnais has been in stunning form since the start of the season. He scores (7 goals), scores (7 decisive assists) and regimes with technical gestures which, it should be noted, are never superfluous. In the same style, we obviously find Tji Savanier. With or without his master playing, author of 5 goals and 6 decisive assists, Montpellier is not at all the same team. His vision of the game, his technical quality and his precision on the set-piece make him one of the best players in L1.

It was also difficult to deprive oneself of Lucas Paqueta. Trimball all over the field by Peter Bosz – behind the striker, in tip, on one side – the Brazilian has long worn OL in this first part of the season. The former Milanese, author of 6 goals and 3 decisive assists, will still have to be careful with an attitude that could sometimes irritate. Nantes Ludovic Blas Also deserves its place in this workforce. He is essential to the game of his team with a huge impact on the results of the Canaries (7 goals and 1 decisive assist). Finally, the Angevin Sofiane Boufal is selected for his beautiful first part of the season with the SCO. With 5 goals and 4 decisive assists, he has a real influence on the results of the Angevin club.

FORWARDS (4) : Ludovic Ajorque (Strasbourg), Jonathan David (Lille), Gatan Laborde (Rennes), Kylian Mbapp (Paris SG)

In attack, the Parisian Kylian Mbapp is the first name that comes to mind. Author of 9 goals and 8 decisive assists in 17 L1 games, the world champion has had an exceptional season. To the point of stealing the spotlight Neymar and Lionel Messi in the capital. The offensive leader of PSG is Mbapp. To support it, we have opted for Rennais Laborde Street. Dj brilliant Montpellier, the native of Mont-de-Marsan, author of 9 goals and 4 decisive assists, took a step forward by joining Rennes. And proves that he could exist without his former friend Andy Delort.

Top scorer in the French mid-season championship, with 12 achievements, the Lille Jonathan David is also making a logical place in the offensive sector. After a timid start in the LOSC jersey, the Canadian international is now well suited to L1. And finally, the Strasbourg resident Ludovic Ajorque was also unanimous within the editorial staff. Beyond the statistics (9 goals and 5 decisive assists), the Runionnais has a huge influence on the game and the form of Racing. Without him, the training of Julien Stphan does not have the same face.

They could also have been part of the workforce:

It was not easy to remember only 23 names and choices had to be made. Other players could also have joined this list. Among the goalkeepers, the Niois Walter Benitez and the Montpellier player Jonas Omlin also had a good first part of the season. Parisians Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma are a little handicapped by the rotation imposed by Mauricio Pochettino. In central defense, Niois Dante is ahead of a hair by his teammate Todibo. The Montpellirain Mamadou Sakho, the Rennais Hamari Traor, the Rmois Ghislain Konan and the Angevin Jimmy Cabot, who has wonderfully adapted to a new role of right piston, also caught our attention.

In midfield, Rennes’ Lovro Majer is very popular with the editorial staff. But the Croatian started playing games from November only, which put him behind other players. On the other hand, if he continues on his spear, we could well find him in the typical team at the end of the season. The Marseillais Valentin Rongier, performing in a hybrid role of mid-side, also seduced. In a more offensive register, Brest native Romain Faivre and Strasbourg native Adrien Thomasson also stood out. Among the attackers, Rennes Martin Terrier, Mongasque Wissam Ben Yedder, Strasbourg Habib Diallo or even Clermontois Mohamed Bayo were effective in this first part of the season.

Examples of a typical mid-season team (2021-2022):

With 23 players of this quality, the possible combinations are numerous. Which tactical plan and which eleven to adopt? It is up to everyone to form their own opinion. Maxifoot offers two versions: a 4-3-1-2 and a 3-4-3 …

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