Decisive for the title, Europe and the place of play-off, this 38th day of Ligue 1 will also be the occasion to attend farewells, from Michel Der Zakarian with Montpellier to Stéphane Moulin with Angers or even Memphis Depay with the OL. For others, nothing is certain yet.
The final coaches’ ball
After 160 matches directed on the bench of Montpellier, Michel Der Zakarian is preparing to end his Hérault adventure, which began in 2017, in a stadium he knows well, La Beaujoire. On the other bench, Antoine Kombouaré could also live his last hours in Nantes a few months after his arrival. He will leave if his club goes down, but he will have at least two games left since Nantes will be at the worst barrage.
When announcing his departure, Der Zakarian indicated for his part wanting to “bounce back elsewhere” by recalling later not to have “signed nowhere” when he is cited to coach the Girondins de Bordeaux. Jean-Louis Gasset could just sit for the last time on the Bordeaux bench on the occasion of the trip to Reims, where it will first and foremost have to definitively validate the club’s retention in Ligue 1. A meeting at the end of which his vis-à-vis may well say goodbye to his players. David Guion confirmed his departure on Saturday by writing a letter for his supporters, sent to France Blue Champagne-Ardenne.
Finally, the potential title match could also be synonymous with the big last for the two coaches in question. Stéphane Moulin is certain to bid farewell this Sunday in Angers, after ten years of good and loyal service, he who remains for a few more hours the coach in place for the most time in Europe and is expected in Caen. As for Christophe Galtier, he could leave LOSC in the most beautiful way: by winning the club’s first French title in ten years.
Saint-Etienne thanks Debuchy, Depay wants to finish in style
For its last match of the season, AS Saint-Etienne receives Dijon in a poster without a stake. The Saint-Etienne club recently announced the departures of Mathieu Debuchy and Kevin Monnet-Paquet. The two players are not in the group for this Sunday at Geoffroy-Guichard but will not be far from their teammates, no doubt. Romain Hamouma will not participate in the meeting either, but he could extend with the Greens.
Not far from there, Olympique Lyonnais will host Nice to try to snatch a place in the Champions League at the finish. Which would be a great reward for Memphis Depay, who announced his departure, even if Rudi Garcia still wants to believe in the best: “He can leave with his head held high or consider OL’s proposal with interest”. OL-Nice, it could also be the last appearance on the sheet of goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale with the Gym.
Ben Arfa, Lemoine, Da Silva, Hilton: the end of the day for the old critters?
In Bordeaux, it is not only a question of the survival of the club or the future of its coach but also that of one of its headliners, Hatem Ben Arfa. The French international has still not recovered from his injury and will not be traveling to Reims. While his contract ends in June, will we see him again at the Girondins? According to South West
In Strasbourg, where Dimitri Liénard could play his last match, Lorient midfielder Fabien Lemoine has not decided on his future either, when he comes to the end of his contract, at 34 years old. This is also for Lille captain José Fonte (37), suspended for the last LOSC match in Angers. The SCO, him, could well see for the last time Ludovic Butelle and Pierrick Capelle on his bench.
Regarding the meeting between Lens and Monaco, Kakuta and Jovetic also end with their contract, possibly with a good European qualification. Finally, the eternal Vitorino Hilton, 43, will perhaps play his 354th and last game with the MHSC. On the Rennes side, captain Damien Da Silva is suspended and will not be able to set foot on Roakhon Park for the last time, which could be the case for Clément Grenier and Steven Nzonzi, who are also coming to the end of their contract. Opposite, Nîmes will greet Nolan Roux, who should not accompany the club in Ligue 2, while Lucas Deaux, injured, may have played his last match against Lyon (2-5).
Thauvin is already gone
In Brest, Kylian Mbappé may play his last match under the colors of PSG, while he has not yet extended his contract, which ends in 2022. The loaned, Moïse Kean, Alessandro Florenzi and Danilo Pereira, could also live their last hours at PSG. For the Stade Brestois, it feels the end for Gaëtan Charbonnier, free in a few weeks.
Finally, in Marseille, Jorge Sampaoli is cleaning up and will not offer a farewell tour to Valère Germain, at the end of the contract and not in the group, just like Michaël Cuisance and Saif-Eddine Khaoui, while Yohann Pelé will be on the bench one last time this Sunday. Suspended, Florian Thauvin played his last match with OM against Angers, as did Hiroki Sakaï, injured. It remains to be seen whether Duje Caleta-Car and Boubacar Kamara will play their last meeting this Sunday evening, when the two players seem coveted.