At the end of a season rich in emotions, it is high time to take stock of the individual players in the French championship. Maxifoot unveils its best squad and its typical team of the season.
Kylian Mbapp, the best player in L1 this season.
The 2021-2022 season delivered its final verdict on Saturday! Already crowned for several weeks, Paris Saint-Germain was accompanied, after a huge suspense, by Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco on the podium. At the end of this exercise, the editorial staff of Maxifoot decided to establish the best squad in the French championship, taking into account the complementarity of the elements with the participation of Romain Rigaux, Gilles Campos, Eric Bethsy, Romain Lantheaume, Youcef Touaitia and Alexis Goudlijian.
In this dream workforce, you will note the presence of four Marseilles, four Rennais, three Parisians, three Mongasques, two Niois, two Lensois, two Nantes, one Strasbourg, one Lyonnais and one Montpellier, chosen not according to their market value or their status, but based on their actual performance.
The best squad in Ligue 1 this season (assuming 23 players under contract)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Walter Benitez (OGC Nice), Alban Lafont (FC Nantes), Matz Sels (Strasbourg)
As every year, the level of this position was particularly high in L1 for this financial year. Goalkeeper of the co-best defense in the championship (36 goals conceded), Walter Benitez was logically chosen. Thanks to his performances, the Argentinian went 14 games without conceding a goal in order to contribute to the solidity of OGC Nice. To accompany him, the Nantes Alban Lafont was also unanimous.
During this season, the captain of the Canaries passed a milestone and was essential in the results of his team. Finally, the doorman of Strasbourg Matz Salts was rewarded thanks to his fine performances. Within the Alsatian collective, the Belgian played an essential part in order to participate in the magnificent season of the team led by Julien Stphan.
DEFENDERS (7): Nayef Aguerd (Rennes), Jonathan Clauss (RC Lens), Caio Henrique (AS Monaco), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Nuno Mendes (Paris Saint-Germain), William Saliba (Olympique de Marseille), Jean-Clair Todibo (OGC Nice)
Unsurprisingly, the best defenses in Ligue 1 were rewarded in this area of play. Despite a slack after elimination in the Champions League, the Parisian Marquinhos embodies an essential boss in the axis. Named best hope at the UNFP Trophies, the Marseillais William Saliba also imposes itself as an evidence to support it. The Niois defenders Jean-Clair Todibo and Rennes Nayef Aguerd also impressed the editorial staff with great regularity throughout the season. It’s simple, the 4 players were already in our squad mid-season!
At the right-back position, there was no debate on the presence of Jonathan Clauss. Having become a French international, the piston of RC Lens, despite a little slack during the season, posted excellent statistics with 5 goals and 11 assists. On the left side, Nuno Mendes represented great satisfaction for Paris Saint-Germain. Serious defensively, the talent loaned by Sporting Portugal has managed to make its mark. Finally, the Mongasque Caio Henrique was one of the symbols of his team’s revolt in the second half of the season. With 9 assists and 2 goals, the Brazilian was more decisive.
MIDFIELDS (4): Seko Fofana (RC Lens), Gerson (Olympique de Marseille), Matto Guendouzi (Olympique de Marseille), Aurlien Tchouamni (AS Monaco)
Two real confirmations in the midfield. Already present in our workforce mid-season, the Lensois Seko Fofana and the Marseillais Matto Guendouzi were simply essential. The Ivorian (8 goals and 1 assist) and the French (4 goals and 8 assists) had essential roles in making their respective teams work. With a big increase in power from January, Aurlien Tchouamni was also acclaimed.
The Mongasque has floated over this second half of the season with an XXL impact on the mad comeback of the Principality club. And to complete this area of play, the Marseillais Gerson was finally chosen. Despite the debates around his very complicated debut, the Brazilian has finally won over thanks to his successful performances since January. With 9 goals and 7 assists, Phocen was often the providential man to grab 2nd place with OM.
ATTACKING MIDFIELDS (5): Ludovic Blas (FC Nantes), Benjamin Bourigeaud (Rennes), Lucas Paqueta (Olympique Lyonnais), Dimitri Payet (Olympique de Marseille), Tji Savanier (Montpellier)
If Gerson regularly saved Olympique de Marseille in this final sprint, what about Dimitri Payet ? Even if his second half of the season was less regular, the attacking midfielder represented a reliable leader for the Olympians (12 goals and 10 assists). Brilliant in the first months, the Lyonnais Lucas Paqueta and Montpellier Tji Savanier convinced less after the truce. However, the Brazilian (9 goals and 6 assists) and the Frenchman (8 goals and 7 assists) remained essential members for OL and MHSC.
Conversely, Benjamin Bourigeaud has taken on a new dimension since the start of 2022. To his advantage in the attacking style of Rennes, the former Lensois delighted by chaining XXL copies for a total of 11 goals and 13 decisive assists. Finally, Nantes Ludovic Blas also deserves his place in this squad. The former Guingampais was essential for the Canaries with a huge contribution to the results of his team (10 goals and 5 assists).
FORWARDS (4): Wissam Ben Yedder (AS Monaco), Gatan Laborde (Rennes), Kylian Mbapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Martin Terrier (Rennes)
Obviously, the two best scorers of the season in Ligue 1 are present in our group: Kylian Mbapp (28 goals) and Wissam Ben Yedder (25 goals). also the best passer (19 assists), the Parisian was, without the slightest doubt, the best player in our league. And for his part, the Mongasque, although sent on the bench for a time during the season, panicked the counters during the ascent of the ASM.
Finally, 2nd best attack in L1 behind Paris Saint-Germain, Rennes managed the feat of placing two attackers in our squad. Impressive, Martin Terrier passed an obvious milestone and had a big contribution to the success of the Bretons (21 goals and 4 assists). And to finish, Gatan Laborde also caught our attention. Despite less flamboyant performances after the break, the former Héraultais continued to be decisive (15 goals and 8 assists) to complete the best season of his career.
They could also have been part of the squad:
Selecting 23 names was not easy and choices had to be made. Other players could also have joined this squad. At the post of goalkeeper, the Lyonnais Anthony Lopes and the Rmois Predrag Rajkovic did not deserve, but suffered from enormous competition. Named best goalkeeper at the UNFP Trophies, the Parisian Gianluigi Donnarumma was penalized by the alternation within his club (16 games in L1), and was not always convincing. In defense, Strasbourg’s Gerzino Nyamsi and Nantes’ Nicolas Pallois were mentioned. On the sides, the Mongasque Vanderson won over his world, but the Brazilian will have to complete a full season to join the squad. The Rennais Hamari Traor was really very close to integrating this group, but was a victim of the strong representation of his team.
In the midfield, the observation is also similar for his partner Lovro Majer. The Marseillais Boubacar Kamara and Valentin Rongier, but also the Parisian Marco Verratti made people talk. In a more offensive register, the Strasbourgeois Adrien Thomasson and the Angevin Sofiane Boufal also distinguished themselves. Finally, the Lyonnais Moussa Dembl and the Niois Andy Delort caught our attention, but were penalized by irregular periods.
Examples of typical team of the season (2021-2022)
With 23 players of this quality, the possible combinations are numerous. Which tactical scheme and which eleven to adopt? Everyone has to form an opinion. Maxifoot offers you two versions: a 4-2-1-3 and a 3-4-1-2…
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