DECRYPTION – From the coronation of Real by Carlo Ancelotti to the fine harvest of the French Judo team in Sofia, via the new faux pas of the L1 dunces, the results of the sports weekend.
Ancelotti champion everywhere
After Italy with Milan, France with PSG, Germany with Bayern and England with Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti won the title of Spanish champion at the head of Real Madrid. A coronation guaranteed on Saturday, after a 4-0 card against Espanyol, the 35th in White House history. Champion of the five major European championships? It’s a first. †I am very happy. I had the opportunity to coach big teams, big clubs, Milan, Real, PSG, Chelsea and Bayern“, explained the Italian technician, on being into sports , after dropping a short sentence heavily of meaning about Kylian Mbappé. †The future of this club is already written. With this president, the future is already written“, he said, but declined to say that the 23-year-old world champion will go to Real this summer. In the meantime, Casa Blanca still have their work cut out for them, with this meeting against Man City on Wednesday in the Champions League. we do not forget to underline the importance of Mr Benzema in this coronation in Madrid.
Judo, golden girls
The roller coaster for the French judo team in Sofia. Indeed, the French left the European Championships with eight medals, including three gold for Romane Dicko, Marie-Eve Gahié and Shirine Boukli, two silver and three bronze. Enough to finish at the top of the country classification, even in the absence of Teddy Riner and Clarisse Agbégnénou. Note that the girls took back seven of the eight tricolor medals. Cédric Revol, third in the under 60kg category on Friday, is the only one of the nine French in the race to be on the podium. We expected a men’s team in the reconstruction, we saw that in Bulgaria.
The heart of blood and gold
Never two without three. Against Nice (3-0 victory) and Paris (1-1), the Lensois took points in a numerical minority on Saturday. A point in this case, with this draw against FC Nantes (2-2). However, the Canaries led 2-0 in this match of the 35th day of Ligue 1 and the Blood and Gold played ten from the 19th minute, after the exclusion of their goalkeeper, Jean-Louis Leca. †It’s something strong. Not many teams can do that, it’s a source of great pride“, says the northern coach, Franck Haise. There is something. This Racing has heart and demonstrated it again on Saturday evening. Enough to stay in the race for Europe by finishing eighth in the French championship. Jugs?
Top 14: the LOU fights back
Lyon is (much) better. In early April, the LOU suffered a 10-43 defeat at home to the Toulonnais, which didn’t bode well for the race for the final stages. Revived by a success in Brive, Pierre Mignoni’s men confirmed their recovery superbly by dominating the leader of the Top 14, Montpellier, 43 to 20. An improved success (five attempts registered) taking LOU to 5th place on climbed the rankings and believe more than ever in his qualification two days before the end of the regular season. †Four weeks ago we were the worst. Today we are still alive», the Lyon manager rightly rejoiced.
OL women return to the C1 final
The weekend was not only good for the LOU in Lyon. The OL footballers did indeed divest from PSG on Saturday in Paris (1-2), in the semi-final return of the Women’s Champions League. After the 3-2 victory in the first leg, this success opens the doors to the final. †It’s a year of reconquest” urges Lyonnaise Selma Bacha, salivating at the idea of facing Barcelona on May 21 in Turin.”Barça is a team that evolves European football, that fills the stadiums. It’s an example. We’re getting there slowly but surely. As a supporter, when I hear Lyon-Barcelona it makes you feel like it‘ she slips out. OL are going to play their tenth C1 women’s final and try to win an eighth.
Quartararo leads the MotoGP World Championship
Whoever loses, wins. If he had to bow to Italian Francesco Bagnaia, Sunday’s winner of the Spanish MotoGP Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo takes the lead at the top of the World Championship. Second on the line, the Frenchman is happy with his shot. †I was on the limit, I couldn’t do better. It’s five points we’re missing (compared to 25 for a win, editors note), but honestly we can be happyswears the reigning world champion, who has already turned to the Grand Prix de France, at Le Mans.
Marseille, the blow of bad luck
OM burst. Between their two Europa League Conference games against Feyenoord, Jorge Sampaoli’s players took a blow against their rivals OL on Sunday (0-3), in the last game of the 35th day of Ligue 1. Olympico “intense and at times stormy, characterized by disputed and questionable arbitration decisions. †We’ve already been penalized in Paris (2-1 defeat, editor’s note), and here again. I believe that the criteria should be standardized so that no one is punished, as we were tonight“, tease the Argentine coach, reassembled against the”faultsof the arbitral body. However, the Marseillais also gave up in the game to beat, for lack of realism, especially Arek Milik at the end of the first period. They nevertheless remain solid second in the standings, three lengths ahead of Rennes and Monaco, before making their halfway return from C4 at the Vélodrome on Thursday. It will also be with Steve Mandanda in goal.
Les Bleues du rugby still can’t do it
Gaëlle Hermet and her teammates dreamed of it. Conclude the Six Nations Tournament with a win over the English in a sold-out Jean-Dauger stadium in Bayonne. The Ace! It was to forget a little quickly the English stranglehold on women’s world rugby. The “Red Roses” are number one in the world for a reason. They therefore inflicted a ninth consecutive defeat on the Blue in their confrontations (success 24 against 12), increasing their current streak of invincibility by one unit (23 wins). And by adding an 11th Grand Slam to their list, the psychological advantage for the group stage reunion at the next World Cup, in New Zealand (October 8 to November 12).
Lille loses his nerves… and his last illusions
Never seen or almost in Troyes. Reigning French champions, Losc lost to Estac on Sunday (3-0) in matchday 35 of Ligue 1. A match in which the Mastiffs received two red cards (Renato, Yilmaz) and… three penalties! Two reds and three penalty kicks in the same game for the same team, we hadn’t seen that in the French championship in the past 30 years. Troyes is also the first team since Toulon against Nancy on January 18, 1992 to convert three penalties in the same L1 meeting. Jocelyn Gourvennec called “a very violent, cruel and extremely unlikely scenario», José Fonte criticizes certain arbitration decisions. †It’s starting to look a bit like Cirque du Soleil!‘ the northern captain beeps. One thing is certain: Lille lost his nerves at the Aube stadium on Sunday, and probably his last hope of playing in the 2022-23 European competition.
Metz and Bordeaux, it smells really scorched
†Do you believe in miracles? I don’t believe in miracles.Frédéric Antonetti showed no flamboyant optimism on Sunday, after he saw “his” FC Metz lose a two-goal lead against Montpellier (2-2). †In general, there is a lack of success. But we didn’t have a head of a last. We are never rewarded. It’s hard to liveSaid the coach of the red lantern of Messina, more than ever on his way to Ligue 2. A cart in which Bordeaux also has its place. 19th in L1, the Girondins, harmless, logically gave up on Sunday against Nice (0-1) .”The purpose we give them… We put them in favorable situations” teased David Guion, the Bordeaux coach, confirming that he will “quickly wipe the fever and anxiety away. We’re not going to let go.“In the standings, ASSE, 18th and roadblocker with three games left to play, has four points ahead of Bordeaux and six on Metz.
Top 14: Bordeaux-Bègles misses the mark
UBB at the top of the Top 14 and officially qualified for the final stage? With a victory over Toulon on Sunday evening, it was possible at the end of the 24th day. missed. If the two teams were tied in the first period (16-16 MT), the Girondins took the stock after the break by conceding a heavy 13-0 before finally bowing 16-29. A blow for nothing against Varois as garlands reassembled and who can still dream of the Top 6.In the second period we are catastrophic in terms of play. Tactically we lose the thread, we do everythingChristophe Urios summarizes, when his captain, Mamad Diaby, notices that the UBB has”given the stick to strike. If we don’t level up, we’ll get hit“, he added. Bordeaux-Bègles remains second in the standings of this championship. Two days after the end, there is still no team that is mathematically guaranteed to play in the final!
Rohan Dennis offers the Tour de Romandie to Aleksandr Vlasov
Rohan Dennis on the royal road? You might believe it for the last stage of the Tour de Romandie on Sunday. A 16 km time trial between Aigle and the mountain village of Villars. Leader since Wednesday’s first leg and two-time World Time Trial Champion (2018, 2019), the Australian who broke away and eventually failed in eighth overall, thus opening a boulevard for Russian Aleksandr Vlasov, who is offered his first major success for Gino Mäder and Simon Geschke.