Kingsley Coman France Jersey

Après son match nul inaugural face au Hertha Berlin, le Bayern Munich s’est nettement repris et a signé une victoire nette ce samedi sur le terrain de Schalke 04 (3-0). Un succès qui porte la griffe de Robert Lewandowski, auteur d’un triplé. Quatre Français étaient titulaires côté bavarois, Philippe Coutinho a fait ses débuts.

Le champion se rebiffe. Huit jours après avoir dû cravacher pour obtenir le point du nul à domicile contre le Hertha Berlin (2-2), le Bayern Munich a montré un visage bien différent samedi pour la deuxième journée du championnat d’Allemagne. Et c’est Schalke 04, dans la Veltins-Arena de Gelsenkirchen, qui en a fait les frais. Les Bavarois s’y sont imposés avec autorité (3-0).

Lewandowski carbure déjà à plein régime

Sur un penalty obtenu par Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski a ouvert le bal (20e). Puis, d’un coup franc direct, le Polonais a doublé la mise en seconde période (50e). Et après un service d’un excellent Coman, le buteur du Bayern a inscrit un triplé (75e). Robert Lewandowski compte déjà cinq buts en deux rencontres de Bundesliga cette saison.

Il y avait une touche française dans ce match. Certes, les Allemands étaient majoritaires au coup d’envoi puisqu’ils étaient cinq (Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich et Serge Gnabry). Mais les Français étaient quand même quatre à débuter : Lucas Hernandez pour son premier match avec le Bayern, Benjamin Pavard, Corentin Tolisso et Kingsley Coman. Michaël Cuisance, lui, était sur le banc mais n’est pas entré en jeu. L’entraîneur Niko Kovac a, par contre, donné à Philippe Coutinho ses premières minutes en tant que Bavarois. Le Brésilien, prêté par le Barça, est entré en jeu à la 57e à la place de Müller.

Men’s Blaise Matuidi Jersey

Men's Blaise Matuidi Jersey

Alors que Blaise Matuidi serait poussé vers la sortie par la Juventus, le PSG et l’AS Monaco seraient toujours des candidats pour accueillir le milieu français.

Blaise Matuidi pourrait quitter la Juventus cet été. Arrivé en provenance du PSG à l’été 2017, le milieu français a vu Adrien Rabiot et Aaron Ramsey arriver durant ce mercato estival pour renforcer l’entrejeu de la Vieille Dame. Dans cette perspective, un embouteillage s’est crée dans ce secteur de jeu, et le club italien chercherait à dégraisser aussi bien pour des raisons sportives qu’économiques. Blaise Matuidi serait alors vu comme un candidat au départ en raison de son âge avancé ainsi que de son profil qui ne correspondrait pas à ce que voudrait installer Maurizio Sarri en terme de jeu. Et le PSG et l’AS Monaco pourraient en profiter…
L’AS Monaco est la piste la plus chaude

D’après les informations de Tuttosport, les dirigeants de la Juventus seraient toujours confiants dans le projet de vendre Blaise Matuidi. La piste d’un retour au PSG serait toujours d’actualité, mais ne serait pas très chaude. La tendance serait cependant différente pour l’AS Monaco, dont l’intérêt pour le milieu français serait plus concret alors que des contacts auraient déjà eu lieu. Affaire à suivre…

Women’s Moussa Sissoko Jersey

Tanguy Ndombele could not have made a more immediate impression in a Tottenham shirt and, if the £65million man has settled quickly, it is in no small part thanks to Moussa Sissoko.

Ndombele took one minute and four deft touches to set Spurs on the way to victory on his debut against Juventus on Sunday, assisting Lucas Moura seconds after coming on with his new side trailing 2-1.

The 22-year-old has spent his first fortnight at Spurs shadowing France team-mate Sissoko, who has already earned the moniker of ‘Tanguy’s big brother’ at the club.

In his first interview with a UK newspaper on the eve of the 3-2 win over Juve in Singapore, Ndombele was again side-by-side with Sissoko, who helped to translate for his new midfield partner.

“He knows how it works here,” Ndombele told Standard Sport. “He’s been in England for more than six years, so he can teach me the good things to do, how we work here and what we can do to improve. I’ve been following him since he was in France.

“To come to club and know someone, especially from the national team, makes it easier so I’m very happy. I hope me and Moussa can get a lot of success together.”

Sissoko is evidently enjoying the role, which is further evidence of his own transformation from outcast to dressing-room leader.

“He says he likes having me as his big brother!” said the 29-year-old, translating for Ndombele. “He says it’s a big thing because I’m helping him with everything.”

Sissoko is the perfect person to mentor Ndombele because he has been on the same journey from Ligue 1 to the Premier League and he knows what it takes to be both a success and failure in England.

“I know when you come from another country it’s not easy, especially when you don’t speak the language,” said Sissoko, who took two seasons to show his true quality at Spurs. “The lesson I can give to him is to be patient and not to worry about his quality.

“I’m a good example. It can take time to adapt. For some players it can take a month, a week but for others players more. He has to be patient. He has the quality, he just has to believe in himself.”

Ndombele, clearly, does not lack belief. His move from Lyon could eventually cost Spurs £65m—Sissoko was also a club-record signing, albeit jointly with Erik Lamela—and he is the first new face in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad in over 18 months. A rapid rise from the fifth-tier of French football to the Champions League does not faze him, however.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” said Ndombele, who played on the left of a midfield diamond at Singapore’s National Stadium. “I’m proud because I’m the club-record signing. Now what I have to do is show my quality on the pitch and show that Tottenham did well to spend this money on me.

“To come to England was my dream. I spoke with the manager, so I knew Tottenham was a big team, especially after what we did last year. I was excited to join a big team. That’s why I signed here.”

Pochettino, who speaks French, was crucial in persuading Ndombele that Tottenham was the right club to continue his development, although Ndombele preferred to keep the contents of their summer meeting private.

“I cannot tell you what the gaffer told me, only that I was happy with what he said,” Ndombele said, with more help from Sissoko. “And that’s why I signed here!”

One of the areas where Sissoko has been particularly beneficial is preparing Ndombele for Pochettino’s gruelling pre-season regime. It took the former Newcastle player several months to adapt to the Argentine’s demands and Ndombele admits it is worlds apart from what he experienced at Lyon.

“It’s totally different to France,” said Ndombele. “In England, you’re working very hard, especially at Tottenham. It will be for all our benefit. We want to achieve something at the end of the season.”

In Sissoko, he has a great example to follow and if Ndombele’s first season in English football is half as impressive as Sissoko’s third, he will prove at astute signing. “The fans can expect me to deliver a big season,” he said. “That’s the only thing I can say at the moment.”

As for Sissoko, he hopes that his new team-mate will help him to reach even greater heights this season.

“Last year, it’s true, I had a great season and now I need to do even better,” he said. “A lot of people now expect a lot from me. That’s normal.”