Marseille boss Garcia admits World Cup has caused fitness worries

garcia2Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has admitted that this summer’s World Cup has caused some issues regarding his team’s fitness in the early stages of the new Ligue 1 season, according to The ex-Martigues midfielder highlighted the fitness plight of the likes of Florian Thauvin and Adil Rami, claiming that they are still not 100% after their exploits in Russia over the last couple of months. Les Phocéens find themselves ninth in the table after three games, with one each in the win, draw and loss columns. With hopes of improving upon last season’s 4th-placed finish high on the priority list at the Stade Vélodrome, Garcia has also stated his belief that things will improve as the season moves on.

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Ligue 1 stars Mbappe, Neymar, Fekir, Depay, Thauvin & Cavani back in Action!

Ligue 1 kicks-off on Friday, August 10th with Marseille hosting Toulouse! The French fans have celebrated a glorious summer with the likes of Kylian Mbappe helping Les Bleus lift the World Cup! However, this Friday, Fantasy Football Managers will be looking to the likes of Florian Thauvin to earn precious fantasy points in the long and exciting quest to be crowned best Ligue 1 Fantasy Manager!

While PSG may be clear favorites to repeat as champions, in particular with Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all on the club’s payroll, Lyon- as long as they keep Nabil Fekir, have an exciting and fun core in Fekir, Memphis Depay, Bertrand Traore and striker Mariano. Marseille have some good players, and not just Thauvin, but it will be hard for them to compete with PSG in a long season due to the low budget limiting the club’s ability to lure quality signings.

Finally, Monaco have sold players again this summer but they have made a habit of rebounding and performing well with the help of clever signings and quality work by coach Leonardo Jardim.

So who will be on your Ligue 1 Fantasy Team? How about Cavani who is PSG’s all-time leading scorer (he surpassed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s record last season), or perhaps iconic Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon?

Remember to play now and invite your friends to join your Mini-League! It is Free to join, so what are you waiting for? If you believe you have what it takes to challenge other Ligue 1 Fantasy managers then click the following link now: and prove your knowledge of French football!


Ligue 1 picks for the weekend ahead


The 2017-18 Ligue 1 season is drawing to a close and there are still battles to be won across the division – especially in the battle for a European place.

With that in mind, we look at the players that are favourites to pick up some big points this time around.

Anthony Lopes, Lyon – 63 points

The Portuguese international sees his name in our picks thanks to his contribution to his side’s immense form.

With 14 clean sheets to his name, Lopes could well be in line for some additional points come the weekend. Continue reading

Ligue 1 Player of the Week – Florian Thauvin (Marseille)


With the French Ligue 1 title recently being sewn up by Paris Saint-Germain, attention now largely turns to two aspects of the league. Firstly, the relegation battle is always of interest, with three of any five teams still looking threatened with the drop, while secondly the battle for European qualification remains wide open.

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Marseille suffered a huge blow ahead of Europa League tie

Ligue 1 side Marseille were dealt a huge blow during the international break as star midfielder Florian Thauvin suffered a muscle injury in his left hamstring.

According to the latest statement from the club, the 25-year-old has been ruled out for at least 10-15 days. The latest setback couldn’t have come at a worse time for Marseille, who have a lot at stake both at domestic and continental level. Continue reading

Our picks ahead of the weekend’s Ligue 1 action


The usual suspects star heavily in our picks of the week for the 26th round of Ligue 1 action – check out our top tips as you prepare your side for the next game day!

Steve Mandanda, Marseille

It’s testament to his mental strength that he’s returned from a mixed season at Crystal Palace and slotted straight back into the Marseille side.

With 45 points thanks in large to his 11 clean sheets, Mandanda will undoubtedly believe that his return to his homeland was an inspired decision.

Lucas Lima, Nantes

The pacey left back has been a revelation under the guidance of Claudio Ranieri and a key figure in the side’s excellent run.

His three assists and one goal have helped him onto an impressive 37 points this season and his attacking output could be critical if his side are to beat Nice. Continue reading

Ligue 1 player of the week: Florian Thauvin


Florian Thauvin is our Ligue 1 player of the week, with the Marseilles man securing a phenomenal hat-trick and assist in his side’s 6-3 victory over Metz.

An unorthodox route to the top of the game for a player of such obvious talent, Thauvin  began his career at lowly Grenoble and Bastia, before arriving at the French giants Marseilles in 2013.

Indeed, such was his form for Marseilles during his first term at the club that he was rewarded with the opportunity to prove his mettle in the rigours of the Premier League at Newcastle United. Continue reading

Ligue 1: Our XI to watch out for on Match Day 20

Ahead of match day 20, we look at the potential players that could play a key role for their sides as the first league fixtures kick-off following the window break. Continue reading