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Toulouse: La Cité Des Violettes

Started on 3 February 2016 by Griffo
Latest Reply on 25 September 2017 by smith

Toulouse have returned to form and shown some incredible consistency throughout September. In their first five fixtures of the month, Toulouse won 3-1 against Angers SCO, Bayern Leverkusen, Olympique Lyonnais, Paris Saint-Germain and Girondins de Bordeaux in an impressive effort considering the quality of the sides.

Barcelona ended the run of good results, ironically coming away with a 3-1 victory over Toulouse. In the final fixture of the month, Toulouse and AS Monaco played out a 2-2 draw.

After joining Toulouse during the January transfer window last season, Tiemoue Bakayoko has proven a tremendous asset for Le TFC, becoming one of the clubs most consistent players. Bakayoko has added some bite into the Toulouse midfield, providing great protection for his back four and also chipping in with two goals and two assists during the month.

His strength on the ball alongside his terrific determination and work rate has seen Bakayoko become one of the leading ball winning midfielders in Ligue 1.

A good month of results sees Toulouse advance up the table into fourth. Despite a poor month, Olympique Lyonnais remain on top of the table trailed by AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

At the bottom of the table, Angers SCO remain the only team yet to win a game this season but are still above recently promoted US Orleans who have lost eight games out of ten this season.

Toulouse have got off to a good start to their UEFA Champions League campaign, sitting in second equal on points with Bayern Leverkusen but currently hold the advantage over their German rivals. In the next set of fixtures, Toulouse are set to face Viktoria Pizen in the next round whereas Bayern Leverkusen will face Barcelona.


Injury Report

Loic Bessile

Bessile only has a few days left until his return from knee tendonitis and will be available for the first fixture of the month against FC Nantes.

After a long tough month during September, Toulouse head into October facing a short month which sees a much easier set of fixtures ahead of them. First up, Toulouse face mid table club FC Nantes at Stadium Municipal before another home fixture against Viktoria Pizen in the UEFA Champions League.

To finish the month, Toulouse play two away games against FC Lorient and AS Saint-Etienne who currently sit level with Toulouse on the Ligue 1 table.
Good stuff there, looks like they are finally working good together again
That was a good month... hopefully you can continue this
A game in hand while 4th and 2nd in group stage! A great month for your lads
Very good month mate, looking like a title challenge is on the cards again, and to be second in the group is very good news! Keep it up!
Now that's more like it, storming up the league now!
Within striking distance now mate, looking good in the Champions League as well!
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7 yearsEdited

After enjoying a run of good form last month, Toulouse have managed to carry it over into October by winning all four of their games this month. Starting off with a home fixture against FC Nantes, Wissam Ben Yedder collected a brace as Toulouse came away with a 2-1 victory.

Next up, Kelechi Iheanacho claimed a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory in the UEFA Champions League fixture against Viktoria Pizen. Another brace from Wissam Ben Yedder saw Toulouse come away with a comfortable 4-1 victory over FC Lorient before the final game of the month saw a 6-1 demolition from Toulouse against AS Saint-Etienne in which Wissam Ben Yedder came away with a hat-trick.

After missing the first month of the season through injury, Wissam Ben Yedder has made up for lost time and has put together his most impressive month at the club since he joined Toulouse in 2010. In only three matches, Ben Yedder has scored an incredible seven goals during October as well as contributing with two assists.

There was a large amount of interest in Ben Yedder last season which died down after he decided to sign a new contract with Toulouse. Considering his current form and his recent recall into the French national team, it is expected that a number of clubs will show interest once again.

Continuing to move up the table, Toulouse find themselves in third position, two points behind leaders Paris-Saint Germain with a game in hand. Despite a loss in form, Olympique Lyonnais remain second with AS Monaco sitting in fourth.

Stade Rennais FC are the surprise at the bottom of the table, finding themselves amongst the relegation candidates despite finishing third in the last two seasons. Below them are US Orleans and Angers SCO who will both need to find form in order to avoid being left behind by the other sides above them.

After reaching the halfway point of the group stage, Toulouse are well positioned to advance to the next round of the UEFA Champions League. The key fixture upcoming for Toulouse in Group G is against Bayern Leverkusen at BayArena, should they win or draw they will more than likely qualify but should they lose a result against Barcelona will be needed for them to advance.


Injury Report

The Toulouse squad currently has a clean bill of health.

Toulouse start off with an away fixture against Viktoria Pizen in which they will go into as heavy favourites before two Ligue 1 fixtures against recently promoted sides in Dijon FCO and US Orleans. This is followed by the crucial UEFA Champions League fixture against Bayern Leverkusen.

Next up is a match against the resurgent Olympique de Marseille who have impressed since returning to Ligue 1 before ending the month with a match against Stade de Reims who are dangerous despite their current position on the Ligue 1 table due to their inform striker Grejohn Kyei.
A nice start to the season mate, those last 3 fixtures next month look tough, I'm not sure about you but Reims are always tough opp in my save.
Some great results there mate, back in the title race and I think you can begin dreaming of a place in the Round of 16 in the UCL! Great job keeping hold of Ben Yedder because it looks like he's going to be even more instrumental this year!
Back in business now! That demolition of Saint-Ettiene was superb, time to put the pressure on PSG and Lyon!
Perfect month
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7 yearsEdited

Portugal Interested In Arribage
Failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup has seen Portugal look to start fresh

• Portugal have sacked manager Fernando Santos for failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup
• Toulouse manager Dominique Arribage is considered the front runner for the role
• Failing to qualify has also seen Cristiano Ronaldo retire from international football

After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Portugal have sacked manager Fernando Santos and have begun the search for a replacement. The new manager will lead Portuguese football into a new era after the international retirement of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Leading the race for the role appears to be Dominique Arribage after he was spotting meeting with Portuguese officials in Toulouse yesterday, when Arribage was approached by reporters he refused to comment. Arribage successfully led his club Toulouse to the Ligue 1 title last year in France and has also won the French Cup and Champions Trophy twice during his tenure.

Toulouse fans are hoping that Arribage will elect to stay on with the club in order to guide the club through their UEFA Champions League campaign. However, instead of leaving the club there is a possibility that Arribage could take on both roles should Toulouse chairman Olivier Sadran allow him to do so.

Should Arribage decide to take the role, he would be the first foreign manager of Portugal since Luiz Felipe Scolari who was in charge from 2002 to 2008 before leaving to manage English Premier League side Chelsea. Other managers rumoured to be in line for the position include Sporting CP manager Jorge Jesus, Southampton manager Andre Villas-Boas and SC Braga manager Paulo Fonseca.
Ooohhh.... Portugal.... hope that you join there.
Now that would be an interesting prospect! Shame Ronaldo has retired, it would have been epic for you to have worked with him (should you take the job, of course) :/

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