our typical team of Ligue 1 mid-season tops

our typical team of Ligue 1 mid-season tops

At the end of the first part of the season, the Figaro sports department offers you its typical Ligue 1 top team. An eleven with no less than three Parisians and as many Lensois and Marseillais.

The goalkeeper

Our editorial team was not torn when choosing the best goalkeeper of the first part of the Ligue 1 season. Brice Samba (28), sparkling with RC Lens since August, unsurprisingly collected most of the votes. It must be said that his performances speak for him: only 13 goals conceded in 19 games played and no less than 9 clean sheets (games without conceding a goal). He is one of the great architects of the excellent results of the Sang et Or; but also the beautiful game they offer, his remarkable footwork being a formidable weapon in artesian recovery. Another doorman has been appointed. This is Maxime Dupé (29) who has achieved several high-flying performances, including spectacular parades, with Toulouse FC.

The defenders

Our central hinge is made up of a Marseillais and a Lensois: Chancel Mbemba (28 years old) and Facundo Medina (23 years). The first is none other than the boss of the Marseille defense, especially with the repeated absences of Éric Bailly. His qualities in duels, his science of placement and his experience are preponderant in the style of play set up by Igor Tudor. In addition, the Congolese knows how to be decisive, as evidenced by his two achievements. The second is part of the elements that make up the soul of the Sang et Or. Aggressive, in the good sense of the term, and a good anticipater, he forms with his friends Kevin Danso and Jonathan Gradit a very solid penultimate rampart. And on top of that, he is not clumsy with the ball, which earns him the right to be regularly called upon to relaunch…and also allows him to be dangerous in the opposing camp (1 goal, 2 assists). The Clermontois Alidu Seidu (22 years old), the Lensois Kevin Danso (24 years old), the Rennais Arthur Theate (22 years old) were also mentioned to appear in our eleven.

On the right side of the defense is Jonathan Clauss (30 years old) who was favored by our editorial staff; no doubt because of his ability to be decisive on the offensive level. The Marseille right piston, which is one of the most beautiful weapons of his team in attack, already has one achievement and seven offerings to his credit. He was preferred to Parisian Achraf Hakimi (24) and Rennais Hamari Traoré (30). On the left, we also find an offensive profile in the person of Caio Henrique (25 years). The Brazilian is having a very good first part of the season with a fairly inconsistent team, AS Monaco. His ability to make the difference in the final third of the pitch – one goal and five assists – has proven essential to the Principality club since the start of the 2022-2023 financial year. Parisian Nuno Mendes (20) also collected votes, but not enough to pass the Monegasque.

Our typical Ligue 1 top team at mid-season. Le Figaro


In the midfield, our pair of collectors is (also) made up of a Marseillais and a Lensois. If it was not unanimous, Valentin Ronnier (28 years old), who regularly wore the captain’s armband, despite everything imposed himself within our standard team of tops in mid-season thanks to his high level performances, marked among other things by an ability to repeat high-intensity efforts and to balance the Marseille block. Seko Fofana (27), who has been quoted further, accompanies him. The captain of the Sang et Or has been flamboyant since August. The intensity he brings, as well as his ability to project himself to create danger (3 goals and 3 assists), allowed the Artesian club to be on the podium during the winter break. The Parisian Marco Verratti (30 years old), the Marseillais Mattéo Guendouzi (23 years old) and the Clermontois Salis Abdul Samed (22 years old) also collected votes.

The attacking positions in the midfield are occupied by two elements of Paris SG, and not the least: Lionel Messi (35 years old) and Neymar (30 years). The Argentinian had a remarkable first half of the season, worthy of his usual standards at FC Barcelona, ​​with no less than eight goals scored and ten assists delivered in just fifteen matches played. His Brazilian teammate, author of a thunderous start to the championship, is not to be outdone with eleven achievements and ten offerings in seventeen appearances. Together, but also with Kylian Mbappé, they have carried Paris Saint-Germain since last summer. They are ahead – quite logically – in our votes of Rennais Benjamin Bourigeaud (28), Lorient Enzo Le Fée (22), Lille Rémy Cabella (32) and Monegasque Aleksandr Golovin (26).


In front, we find another Parisian with Kylian Mbappe (24 years). As in recent seasons, the Frenchman has proved decisive on many occasions – he has thirteen goals and three assists to his credit -, even giving his team victory several times at the end of the match. It was acclaimed by our editorial staff. At his side is Martin Terrier (25 years old) who was selected by our editorial staff. In the first part of the championship, the Rennais carried his team on the offensive level by planting nine goals and delivering four assists. He was preferred to Lyonnais Alexandre Lacazette (31), Lorientais Terem Moffi (23) and Lensois Florian Sotoca (32).