Saliba included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so far


Arsenal loanee & Man United target included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so farArsenal loanee & Man United target included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so far

 

A data-based XI, showcasing the best-performing players from France’s top-flight over the opening half of the campaign, has been unveiled.

PSG lead the pack

The 2021/22 Ligue 1 season, thus far, has unsurprisingly been dominated by one team and one team only.

The outfit in question? Paris Saint-Germain.

After adding the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Achraf Hakimi to an already star-studded panel of players in the French capital, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have since lost just one of their 18 league outings to date.

Such efforts, in turn, have seen PSG open up a presumably insurmountable 13-point advantage at the division’s summit.

Arsenal loanee & Man United target included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so farArsenal loanee & Man United target included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so far

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 3: Neymar Jr of PSG during the UEFA Champions League group A match between RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Red Bull Arena on November 3, 2021 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, a solid summer of business of their own has seen Olympique Marseille climb back where they belong, amongst the ‘best of the rest’.

From here, though, the Ligue 1 table takes on an altogether unfamiliar feel.

With the likes of Lyon, Monaco and even champions Lille enduring seasons to forget, the positions 3rd through 7th are occupied by Rennes, Nice, Montpellier, Lens and Strasbourg.

Saliba in/Messi out

And the endeavours of stars playing for such clubs, in turn, have been rightfully recognised in the aforementioned Team of the Season to date.

An XI unveiled by the reliable CIES Football Observatory, backed by extensive data and featuring only players who have managed a minimum of 900 Ligue 1 minutes to this point in 2021/22, is showcased below.

Paris Saint-Germain inevitably take their place as the most heavily represented of the French top-flight’s clubs, with four inclusions, followed by Marseille on three – including on-loan Arsenal defender William Saliba and Manchester United-linked Boubacar Kamara.

There is no place, however, for Lionel Messi.

Elsewhere, all of Montpellier, Rennes, Lens and Brest are proudly represented by one star performer each, in the form of Jonas Omlin, Nayef Aguerd, Seko Fofana and Romain Faivre respectively:

Arsenal loanee & Man United target included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so far

Arsenal loanee & Man United target included but Messi misses out in Ligue 1 Team of the Season so far

 

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