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Ligue 1 team of the week

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French Ligue 1 was as entertaining as ever at the weekend and there were tons of results that really exceeded expectations.

Ligue 1 is bound to be a very entertaining one this time around. While the traditional giants are in great form, some of the clubs outside the usual top four are making their performances count.

Today, we take a look at the best starting XI for the recently concluded match-day.

Baptiste Reynet

The Toulouse shot-stopper was in inspiring form against Amiens as Les Pitchouns went on to register a much-needed 2-0 win. The Frenchman made a huge save early in the game and made sure that the backline was as organized as it could be.

Sofiane Alakouch

The right-sided defender was very solid at the back and combined to perfection with Ferhat throughout the game. And while his performances rarely make it to the newspapers, the youngster is definitely going to be a great player in the future.

Alvaro Gonzalez

Marseille registered an important Ligue 1 win over Saint-Etienne and a lot of is down to the Spaniard’s excellent defending. He might be new to Ligue 1 but the former Villarreal man is an ice cool presence at the heart of his defense. Andre Vilas Boas really needed someone like Gonzalez in his team.

Yunis Abdlehamid

Stade Reims have been in fine form of late and the Ligue 1 win over LOSC Lille was something no one was expecting. However, it was the Moroccan who was in inspiring form throughout the 90 minutes. Keeping Victor Osimhen is not easy but Abdelhamid did well to keep the young Nigerian in check.

Lionel Carole

While many expect Strasbourg to be relegated from Ligue 1, it is clear that this team is going to put up a serious fight for survival. In the 2-2 draw against AS Monaco, Carole made sure that he kept Gelson Martins in check. Perhaps he could do a bit more freedom offensively and might get that in the coming weeks.

Zinedine Ferhat

The Algerian winger was a man possessed against Brest and made sure that he got his name on the score-sheet. Always willing to run further up the pitch, Ferhat could have had a brace had his rasping attempt not hit the bar.

Marco Verratti

As long as the Italian stays in form, Paris Saint-Germain have every chance to lift another Ligue 1 title. The midfielder was very focused on the field and combined well with summer signing Idrissa Gueye. His free-kick found Choupo-Moting for a crucial goal heading into the break.

Abdoulaye Toure

The Nantes man lead from the front and scored the winning goal for his side.

Youcef Atal

The right sided forward was in great form for Nice as they registered a crucial Ligue 1 win away at Stade Rennais. After winning a penalty which was converted by Cyprien, Atal continued making a nuisance of himself and made life difficult for Rennais.

Dario Benedetto

The Argentine striker put in quality display and led the line on his own. Even then, he ended up scoring a goal.

Player of the day

Islam Slimani recently joined AC Monaco and is seen as a replacement for Radamel Falcao. And in his second Ligue 1 game, the Algerian international scored two goals. Always willing to work hard, the striker kept pressing the opposition defense. He now has three goals in two games.