Two months before the next gathering of the Blues, Moussa Diaby and Corentin Tolisso have burst the screen in the Bundesliga, unlike Jordan Veretout who seems to have suffered a blow from “Soft” at Roma.
The little wisp of Leverkusen Moussa Diaby scored his first hat-trick in the Bundesliga on Saturday against Augsburg (5-1), taking his total of goals to eight in the Championship this season.
Acclaimed by the 750 spectators authorized for this meeting, the 22-year-old pocket striker (1.70 m) remembered the good memories of Didier Deschamps, who has already offered him four selections.
“The coach noticed my attacking qualities. With my speed, I can cover a lot of the pitch and I often give assists”, says this left-hander trained at PSG, who claims to be inspired by Lionel Messi. His challenge now is to improve his defensive work.
“He is a young player and today he showed us all his qualities”, enthused his teammate Karim Bellarabi, “it was a great day for Moussa, we are happy to have so many young players with talent”.
Tolisso on its way
Match after match, Corentin Tolisso continues to find his bearings with Bayern Munich, taking full advantage of the unexpected playing time offered to him by the absence of several competitors in midfield since the end of November.
On Sunday, he had an excellent performance alongside Joshua Kimmich. The former Lyonnais opened the scoring against Hertha Berlin (4-1) with a superb oriented diving header. He had even scored a nice goal after just one minute and a half of play, but the VAR intervened to signal a knee-wide offside.
All the rage of Corentin Tolisso, scorer with Bayern Munich. © REUTERS
His rage over the celebration of his goal (scored from a center by Kingsley Coman) shows how happy Tolisso is to finally find his level and a place in this team. Bought in 2017 in Lyon, the Frenchman had never really managed to win in Bavaria. His contract expires at the end of the season and no extension proposal has yet been made public.
Veretout needs a breather
Real midfielder for Roma for two seasons, even better giallorosso passer this season (with 6 “assists”), Jordan Veretout seemed to be overtaken by fatigue in recent weeks. We saw him far enough from his performance at the start of the season (three goals in the first two matches) which opened the doors to the France team.
Sunday at Empoli, he even started on the bench for the first time this season in the league, entering only for the last quarter of an hour when the match was folded (4-2 for Roma). This should have already been the case the previous week had it not been for the warm-up injury of designated starter Lorenzo Pellegrini.
José Mourinho, on January 15, had admitted that the ex-midfielder of Nantes and Fiorentina “has not been at the level of what he is capable of doing in recent matches”. While ensuring that there remained “always important” for Roma, despite the arrival of a serious competitor in his position, the Portuguese Sergio Oliveira (already author of two goals in two matches).
Saturday, “Mou” denied that Veretout could leave for the transfer window, as mentioned in particular by Corriere dello Sport.
Ben Yedder, strong head
Without his friend Kevin Volland, sick, Wissam Ben Yedder struggled Sunday in Montpellier, unable to prevent the 3-2 defeat of Monaco. The captain gave hope to his people, quickly led 2-0, by reducing the gap with a header on a delicious cross from the French international Aurélien Tchouaméni (34th). Not enough.
Scorer, Ben Yedder could not prevent ASM’s defeat against Montpellier. © AFP
On a personal level, “WBY” has had a thunderous start to the year 2022, apparently untroubled by its recent contamination with Covid-19. This month, the former Toulousain and Sevillan has piled up 4 goals and 2 assists in just 3 matches: a goal and an “assist” in the Coupe de France against Quevilly-Rouen (3-1), a double and a “ pass” against Clermont (4-0), in addition to his last achievement in the Hérault.
The Monegasque center-forward dominates the ranking of top scorers in Ligue 1 with 13 goals, one more than Lille’s Jonathan David. In all competitions, he peaked at 18 goals and 5 assists in 32 matches.