Les Manceaux are going strong in all three domestic competitions… they can count on their impressive striker Tulio De Melo… but they make struggle due to the CAN… they have never taken a point of OL…
Qualified for the last 32 of the Coupe de France after struggling to overcome a Fourth Division side 3-2 (Basa x 2 and Gervinho), qualified for the quarter-finals of the Coupe de la Ligue having beaten Niort 3-0 (De Melo, Gervinho and Le Tallec) and Laval 1-0 (Gervinho), Basa and Co. are also well installed in the top half of the league table. But they did lose at home last weekend to Sochaux, 2-0. An attacking side which does concede goals.
9 League wins, including 4 away: Metz 1 -0, VA 2-0, Nice 2-0, ASSE 3-2, Nancy 2-1, all at home and Sochaux 3-1, Lens 3-1, Bordeaux 2-1, Strasbourg 1-0, all away.
3 home draws: Lille 1-1, TFC 1-1 and Lorient 0-0.
8 losses including 2 at home: Monaco 3-1, Lyon 3-2, PSG 2-0, Rennes 3-0, Caen 3-2, Auxerre 3-0, Marseille 1-0 and Sochaux 2-0.
26 goals scored; 4 four from outside the area and 22 from within. 3 penalties (De Melo against Sochaux and Saint-Etienne x 2); 2 direct free kicks(Romaric against Strasbourg and Saint-Etienne); 4 headed goals (Basa, De Melo, Le Tallec and Yebda); 11 goals resulting from crosses; 3 after corners; 1 after a free-kick. 10 goals scored in the first half. 26 goals from 289 shots. De Melo 10 goals, Sessegnon 4, Grafite 2, Gervinho 2, Romaric 2, Basa 2, Matsui 2, Yebda 1, Le Tallec 1.
28 goals conceded; 2 from outside the area and 26 from within. 3 penalties (Monaco, Saint-Etienne and Nancy); 0 free-kicks; 4 headed goals; 3 goals resulting from crosses; 3 after free-kicks and 2 from corners. 28 goals conceded from 229 opposition shots.
23 players used; no player has played all 20 matches.
32 yellow cards: Romaric 5, Calvé 4… 2 red cards: Cerdan and Sessegnon.
During the African Cup of Nations, Le Mans will be without the services of influential captain Romaric, Sessegnon, Gervinho and Camara 4 – four integral squad members in Rudi Garcia’s plans. Garcia used the same starting XI, eleven times in the first half of the season…