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Toulouse: La Cité Des Violettes

Started on 3 February 2016 by Griffo
Latest Reply on 25 September 2017 by smith
Top class signing.. Should bring alot of quality to the squad

Toulouse Face Tough Europa League Draw
A tough challenge lies ahead of Toulouse as they look to advance in the UEFA Europa League

• Toulouse are making their first appearance in European football since the 2009-10 season
• Standard Liege loanee midfielder Yann Bodiger will face his club Toulouse
• Tottenham defeated Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League final last season

Toulouse have been drawn alongside Sevilla, FC Kobenhavn and Standard Liege in Group L in the UEFA Europa League. The group is one of the hardest according to the media but many of them believe Toulouse are capable of making it out of the group stage.

Considered favourites to top Group L, Sevilla are the most successful team in history of the Europa League, winning the competition four times. “I am confident of securing top spot in our group.” said Sevilla manager Unal Emery. “Our side is very strong and I see no reason we can’t match our previous achievements in the competition.” he added.

FC Kobenhavn finished third in the Danish Superliga last season, a poor season by their standards after finishing in the top two of the competition for the past eight seasons. Captain Thomas Delaney and striker Andreas Cornelius will be vital for FC Kobenhavn if they are to advance to the knockout rounds of the competition.

Finishing second in the Belgian Pro League last season, Standard Liege are more than capable of competing against the other sides in Group L. Interestingly, the Standard Liege squad features Toulouse midfielder Yann Bodiger who is currently on loan at the club. Bodiger will be available to play against Toulouse as his loan contract does not contain any clause which prevents him from doing so.

Toulouse face Standard Liege at Stadium Municipal in their first group fixture and will go into the match as favourites. The tournament was won last year by Tottenham who defeated Sevilla 2-1 at St.Jakobspark in Switzerland with Alex Pritchard scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute.
I would say you have an excellent chance at spot number 2.
Tough draw man but you can get through it! Just don't underestimate Kobenhavn like I did :P
a very open group which any of the teams in it could win..

good luck
That is one strong group. Good luck!
Griffo's avatar Group Griffo
7 yearsEdited

Toulouse began the season in incredible fashion, winning every game they played in during August. In their first match, Toulouse made the most of their set pieces with Etienne Didot scoring from a free kick and then setting up Dragos Grigore from the same situation to give them a 2-0 victory.

Next they defeated FC Metz, Valenciennes and Stade Rennais in impressive fashion with Wissam Ben Yedder scoring a brace in all three matches. To finish the month, youngster Quentin Boisgard scored in the 90th minute to seal a late victory for Toulouse against En Avant de Guingamp.

Despite performing amazingly last season, WIssam Ben Yedder appears to have taken his game to yet another level after putting together an amazing month of football. The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in five appearances to start this season including braces against FC Metz, Stade Rennais and Valenciennes.

Ben Yedder currently sits on top of the list of top goalscorers in Ligue 1 with Gaetan Courtet of AS Saint-Etienne and Grejohn Kyei of Stade de Reims currently both three goals behind with four each.

Toulouse find themselves alone at the top of the Ligue 1 table after a perfect start to the season, Paris Saint-Germain aren’t too far behind and are strong favourites to win the competition. A number of the traditionally strong teams find themselves in the top half of the table but it will take a few months to see where all the teams stand amongst each other.

At the bottom half of the table, the surprise packets from last year FC Nantes find themselves off to a poor start, they will have a lot of pressure placed on them as they get deeper into the season with the side competing in the UEFA Champions League. Montpellier HSC are also struggling early, manager Zinedine Zidane will be hoping things turn around sooner rather than later.

In managerial news, Laurent Blanc has moved to Barcelona after Luis Enrique accepted the offer to manage Spain. Replacing Blanc at Paris Saint-Germain is Roberto Mancini who has spent big ahead of the new season.


Injury Report

Etienne Didot

Etienne Didot went down with a torn hamstring in the match against Valenciennes, an injury which is set to see him miss two to three months of action. It is undecided as to who will come into replacing him during this period with a number of options being considered by Toulouse manager Dominic Arribage.

Oscar Trejo

During the fixture against Valenciennes, Oscar Trejo suffered a back strain which forced him off the field. Trejo missed the rest of the month and is still expected to miss another week of action, it is expected to be touch and go as to whether he will be able to return in time for the fixture against Angers SCO.

After the interntational break at the start of the month, Toulouse find a heavy schedule ahead of themselves as they look to maintain their good start to the Ligue 1 and begin their UEFA Europa League campaign.

Toulouse begin the month with three home fixtures in a row with two Ligue 1 fixtures against Angers SCO and ESTAC Troyes being separated by a UEFA Europa League fixture against Standard Liege. Next they travel to face AS Monaco who have impressed so far this season followed by an away fixture against AS Saint-Etienne. Toulouse then travel to Denmark to battle FC Kobenhavn in the UEFA Europa League to finish the month.
Fantastic start to the season mate, keep it up!
What an amazing way to start new season! Best of luck!
great start to the season, hopefully you can get a solid gap on PSG, cause we all know theyll be strong
oh!! what a start man.... great story
Griffo's avatar Group Griffo
7 yearsEdited

In a terrific start, Toulouse have remained undefeated so far this season and are in very impressive form. Starting the month, goals from Cristian Pavon and Wissam Ben Yedder saw Toulouse cruise to a comfortable 2-1 victory against Angers SCO followed by an impressive 4-0 victory in the Europa League against Standard Liege with Tongo Doumbia coming off the bench and collecting a brace.

Next, Toulouse strung together consecutive Ligue 1 victories against ESTAC Troyes and AC Monaco followed by an incredible 4-4 draw against AS Saint-Etienne which saw Toulouse drop their first points for the season. To finish the month, Toulouse played out a disappointing scoreless draw against FC Kobenhavn in a match which saw FC Kobenhavn play over an hour with only ten men.

After a terrific first season at Toulouse, Gabriel Obertan has continued with his great form and continued to impress so far this season. He has left many a defender standing and has broken down plenty of Ligue 1 defences with his mix of accurate crossing, incredible agility and blinding speed.

Obertan managed to score two goals and provide two assists in September and it is expected that if his current form continues he will put together an even better season than last.

Toulouse remain at the top of the Ligue 1 table and remain as the only side in the competition who are yet to lose a game this season. Paris Saint-Germain have slipped down into fifth, despite this they remain favourites to win the competition with betting agencies.

The runners up from last season, FC Nantes remain at the bottom of the table and are also yet to find their feet in the UEFA Champions League where they find themselves at the bottom of their group.

Despite the disappointing result against FC Kobenhavn, Toulouse have started well in the Europa League. Next up, they are set to face four time Europa League winners Sevilla in what will be a very tough fixture.


Injury Report

Etienne Didot

Still recovering from a torn hamstring, Etienne Didot is still expected to miss another month of action. His injury has seen Kevin-Prince Boateng start in his place but the Ghanaian has failed to impress so far and his position in the starting side will be under threat once Didot returns to full fitness.

Starting the month, Toulouse face some tricky fixtures against OGC Nice and Girondins de Bordeaux before facing Sevilla at home in what is set to be the toughest match for Toulouse in the UEFA Europa League so far.

Next up, Toulouse face FC Nantes who should be still considered dangerous despite currently sitting in last place after their terrific performance last season. In the last match of the month, Toulouse face FC Lorient who have performed well above expectations so far this season and are currently sitting in third.
Another fantastic month mate, hopefully you can have a great campaign!!
Great results so far in Ligue 1, but I think the next Europa League match against Sevilla will test where you're really at
Starting off very strong. Keep it up.

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