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Toulouse: La Cité Des Violettes

Started on 3 February 2016 by Griffo
Latest Reply on 25 September 2017 by smith
Next month is a tough one for sure! :O Wins against PSG and Monaco in the league would certainly make a statement of intent!
PSG must love you. Knocking them out of both cups just have to do the same with the league
I can't wait to see what happens
Big month coming up, best of luck!

Starting out the month with a top of the table clash, Toulouse took on Paris Saint-Germain and despite both sides having clear cut chances the match ended as a scoreless draw. Toulouse would put together two consecutive wins over Stade Malherbe Caen and Girondins de Bordeaux before another scoreless draw against Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League matchup.

Next up, Toulouse managed two more victories in the Ligue 1 by defeating both AS Monaco and FC Nantes by two goals. To finish the month, Toulouse defeated Ligue 2 side La Berrichonne to book their place in the French Cup semi-finals.

Despite playing magnificently in the past two seasons for Toulouse, it is clear that Oscar Trejo is in career best form this season after once again being named Player of the Month for the second month in a row.

The 29-year-old is in his fifth season with Toulouse and is believed to be very happy playing for the club at the moment but is likely to want a move back to Argentina towards the end of his playing career.

Despite putting together a good month of results, Toulouse remain two points behind Paris Saint-Germain who currently sit on top of the Ligue 1 table. Olympique Lyonnais, AS Monaco and Olympique Marseille complete the top five, with a substantial gap separating them from the teams below.

At the bottom end of the table, Angers SCO finally won their first game of the season in a 2-1 victory over Girondins de Bordeaux. En Avant de Guingamp, FC Metz and US Orleans will fight to survive the relegation zone with two of the three sides expected to go down as FC Lorient who are currently above the sides mentioned finding themselves closer to sixth place than the position below them.

After both sides failed to score in the first leg at Amsterdam ArenA, Toulouse will face Ajax at Stadium Municipal with the winner set to go through to the next round. Toulouse will need to beat Ajax to advance while if Ajax score in the second leg they will only require a draw to qualify, another non-scoring draw will see the game head into extra time.

After defeating Stade Malherbe Caen and La Berrichonne during February, Toulouse have been drawn against FC Nantes in the semi-final of the French Cup. The other semi-final will see AS Saint-Etienne travel to face FC Lorient.


Injury Report

Emanuel Mammana

After suffering a jaw injury during February, Emanuel Mammana is expected to only be out for a few days at the start of March. It is likely that he will miss the Ligue 1 fixture against FC Lorient but is expected to be fit for the next fixture against Ajax.

M’Baye Niang

M’Baye Niang is set to undergo fitness testing tomorrow to see if he is fit to play, should he fail it is expected that he will be out for a further week as he attempts to return after suffering fractured ribs.

Toulouse start the month with two consecutive home fixtures, firstly a Ligue 1 fixture against FC Lorient before taking on Ajax to see who advances to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League.

Stade Malherbe Caen is next up for Toulouse followed by a fixture against AS Saint-Etienne at Stadium Municipal. To finish the month, Toulouse face Dijon FCO at Parc des Sports Gaston Gerard.
Good month mate, pity you couldn't close the gap on PSG but at least you didn't lose ground!
Another good month in the league mate and you are more than good enough to close the gap and seal the league title again! As for the Champions League that is a great first leg result that really gives you a great base to build on!
Two points from PSG you got this man!!

After starting the month with a 3-2 win over FC Lorient, Toulouse found themselves eliminated from European football on away goals for the second time in two years in the next fixture after a 1-1 draw against Ajax at Stadium Municipal in a heartbreaking result for the fans after an incredible UEFA Champions League campaign.

Toulouse would bounce back by defeating Stade Malherbe Caen thanks to a late goal from Kelechi Iheanacho. To finish the month, despite the best efforts of Cristian Pavon, Toulouse put in two poor performances which led to draws against AS Saint-Etienne and Dijon FCO, giving Paris Saint-Germain the advantage in the Ligue 1 title race.

Despite March being a disappointing month for Toulouse, Cristian Pavon was a highlight for the club with his incredible performance against AS Saint-Etienne as well as being named the Ligue 1 Player of the Month.

Pavon claimed a hat-trick against AS Saint-Etienne inside the first half, looking a step above everyone else on the pitch in a magnificent display. His terrific form this season is sure to see a number of large clubs from around Europe interested in his services during the next transfer window.

After a poor month from Toulouse, Paris Saint-Germain slightly increased their advantage at the top of the Ligue 1 table. Paris Saint-Germain hold a one-point lead over Toulouse with a game in hand with two months left in the season.

Only three places remain in European football after LOSC Lille defeated AS Monaco 4-1 to win the Coupe de la Ligue with that number possibly being reduced to two depending on the winner of the French Cup.

Angers SCO have become the first team to be relegated this season, still only having won one game all season. US Orleans look set to join them with the final team going down becoming less obvious after FC Metz defeated Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Monaco during the month.

Toulouse will feel like they have missed a tremendous opportunity after being eliminated by Ajax in the UEFA Champions League. Despite the disappointment, fans maintain they are incredibly proud of the performance of their club throughout the competition but believed the team was capable of more, especially after their victory over Barcelona earlier in the competition.

Toulouse are favourites to win the French Cup and are set to face FC Nantes at Stadium Municipal with the other semi-final seeing AS Saint-Etienne as heavy favourites against FC Lorient.


Injury Report

The Toulouse squad currently has a clean bill of health.

In the second last month of the season, Toulouse start off the month against US Orleans who look set to be relegated to Ligue 2 before travelling to face fourth placed Olympique Marseille in a tough fixture.

In the next fixture, Toulouse face Didier Deschamp’s FC Nantes in the French Cup semi-final before finishing the month with a home fixture against Stade de Reims who despite sitting mid-table have the leading goal scorer in Ligue 1 at their disposal in Grejohn Kyei.
Ahhhhh man not the best of months, hopefully PSG completely balls it up! and that defeat in the CL is devastating especially on away goals :(
Here's to hoping that PSG balls it up! So close!
With your Griffin brother ending his story with Marseille, you have the Ligue 1 monopoly on the site, and boy are you making good use of it!

French Cup Semi-Final Preview


Key Player: M’Baye Niang
Leading Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder (31)
Recent Form: WWXXW
Injuries: Wissam Ben Yedder
Suspensions: N/A

Toulouse head into the French Cup semi-final missing their star striker Wissam Ben Yedder through injury. The absence of the leading scorer in Toulouse club history is a significant blow, one which will see Manchester City loanee Kelechi Iheanacho start against FC Nantes.

“The loss of Wissam is tough but injuries are a part of football and should we not come away with the victory there will be no excuses.” said Toulouse manager Dominique Arribage. “Kelechi has performed well in his limited opportunities this season and he deserves his chance in the first team.” he added.


FC Nantes

Key Player: Alex Song
Leading Scorer: Manuel Pucciarelli & Maciej Rybus (9)
Recent Form: XLWXX
Injuries: N/A
Suspensions: N/A

Currently sitting mid-table in Ligue 1, FC Nantes are yet to find the magic which saw them finish second during the 2015/16 season under the guidance of Michel Der Zakarian but current FC Nantes manager Didier Deschamps believes the club is capable of something special once again.

“After making my debut for FC Nantes and spending seven years of my career with FC Nantes, I always followed the progress of the club especially during my time as French national team manager when Michel guided them in that incredible season.” said Deschamps. “I believe our club isn’t far away from doing something similar again and bringing in quality players like Alex Song will only help us achieve our goals.” he added.
If that's the former Arsenal Alex Song, you've got a tough game!
Good luck there my friend

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