Once again, as sure as oeufs are oeufs, PSG are running away with Ligue 1.
The rest of the division are a speck in the distance, but who’s that heading up the chasing pack? Why, it’s our old friend and erstwhile Dakar Rally participant Andre Villas-Boas.
Villas-Boas was appointed as Marseille boss in the summer, after nearly 18 months away from the sport after leaving Shanghai SIPG, filling the time by crashing into a Peruvian sand dune during said Dakar Rally.
A combination of his time away and limited resources at Marseille weren’t exactly a prime recipe for success, but he has outstripped the rest of the division thus far.
“He’s doing a good job there,” said Julien Laurens on this week’s European edition of the Totally Football Show, “considering he hasn’t managed in a while and he’s at a club that are thinking more about not spending and instead saving money than anything else. They’ve made some cuts, sold their best players to try and recoup some money because they’ve spent a lot since Frank McCourt took over the club.
“They won at Toulouse on Sunday – it wasn’t pretty, they played for more than a half with 11 men against ten, it was only in the last 15 minutes that they broke the deadlock. But it’s good for their confidence and their momentum.
“I was sceptical when he arrived, but he’s doing well with what he has, which is not much.”
Little Angers are third, but behind them another couple of good stories are brewing.
“Bordeaux and Paolo Sousa are climbing the table too,” said Julien. “They beat Monaco on Sunday with Islam Slimani scoring for Monaco first then getting sent off – they’re the team with the most red cards in Europe’s top leagues, as they’ve got six already. It’s cost them a few points already, after they took the lead but Bordeaux scored twice to win.”
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