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Strasbourg swat aside Monaco as they set their sights on Europe

Strasbourg swat aside Monaco as they set their sights on Europe

After suffering a difficult start to the season, Strasbourg have won four of their last five games

Ajorque is another unsung, late-blooming star. He was signed 18 months ago from second-tier Clermont to work as an archetypal target man. Big strikers can struggle with the jump to top-tier football, but Ajorque features a nuanced sort of play. He gets on the top of crosses, but he also has the technique to carry up the ball and convey in other players who are more fleet of foot. https://www.judibolaterbaik.co judi bola online

Another thing stood out from the victory over Monaco. Strasbourg are good on the counter – and their opening goal came against the run of play – but they’re quite willing to travel toe-to-toe with sides who might hope to intimidate them. they need shown this ambition throughout their time back within the top flight.

Strasbourg had an uneven start to the season, as their thin squad struggled to adapt to the pressures of Ligue 1 and therefore the Europa League qualifying rounds, but they’re now a team worth following. The recent arrival of Majeed Waris, another player adept at stretching play, including the return of Zohi, will give Laurey many options in attack, only adding to the myriad ways during which he can found out his side.

• Sunday’s “grand choc” between PSG and Lille did not live up to its billing. PSG opted to play their “Fantastic Four” of Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Neymar – a tactic that had left them badly exposed against Monaco a fortnight ago. Lille won this fixture 5-1 last season, but that they had little joy in attack this point around, failing to require advantage of uncharacteristically muted performances from Icardi and Mbappé. One player who was anything but muted was Neymar, who scored an outstanding curling opener before doubling the visitors’ lead from the spot. Now on 13 goals for the season, the Brazilian proclaimed himself to be “in his best form” – excellent news for PSG fans before the Champions League returns during a few weeks.

• PSG’s win extended their lead over second-placed Marseille, who struggled during a goalless draw reception to Angers. Stéphane Moulin’s well-drilled sides are always difficult to interrupt down, but the absence of the suspended Dimitri Payet dramatically underlined how deprived of attacking options André Villas Boas’ side is. Payet has been linked with a return to West Ham lately , but Marseille would be mad to sell him. He appears motivated by the prospect of a possible recall to the national team for the Euros and appears sharp as ever despite his advancing age.

• Finally, Maxwel Cornet celebrated his 200th match for Lyon by scoring the opening goal in their 3-0 convert Toulouse. His goal proved to be the vital breakthrough for the hosts, who had struggled to form much of their dominance thereto point. Cornet is usually lambasted for his lack of outcome , but he has lined abreast of both wings and at left-back this season without complaint. He rarely lacks for effort, underscoring why he has continued to be a valued presence for the club some five years after he joined on a free from Metz.

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