There are two undefeated groups in Ligue 1, and whereas one is hardly a shock, the opposite is flying underneath the radar in most footballing circles.
These two sides face-off Saturday on the Parc des Princes, and whereas Paris Saint-Germain was pegged to dominate France's prime flight with the additions of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, Bordeaux's resurgence is courtesy of a breakthrough marketing campaign from a Brazilian attacker getting a fraction of the headlines of his fellow countryman.
Like Neymar, Girondins attacker Malcom is younger, from Sao Paolo, and taking Ligue 1 by storm, however in contrast to his counterpart, the 20-yr-previous value a scant €5 million.
A revelation in his second full prime-flight marketing campaign underneath Jocelyn Gourvennec, Malcom has three objectives and 4 assists by way of Bordeaux’s first seven Ligue 1 matches. Slotted-in on the best, Malcom types a 3-man assault with striker Nicolas de Preville and Francois Kamano, and the outcomes have been spectacular.
De Preville is a confirmed scorer in France's prime flight, having bagged 14 final season for Lille earlier than being inexplicably shipped-out by Les Dogues' supervisor Marcelo Bielsa. And Kamano, the 21-yr-previous Senegalese dribbling wizard, is predicted by many to be Ligue 1's subsequent star. Nevertheless, that is very a lot Malcom's group, and after showing in all however considered one of Bordeaux's Ligue 1 matches final season, the twice-capped Underneath-23 worldwide is placing French soccer on discover.
Because it so typically goes with rising skills, one match this season put Malcom on the map, and deservedly so. After Malcom scored minutes earlier than the interval to chop Lyon’s lead in half on the Stade des Lumieres, Bertrand Traore gave the host a three-1 benefit with quarter-hour remaining. Bordeaux’s Lukas Lerager made it three-2 within the 88th minute. With the clock operating down in damage time, up steps Malcom.
The three-three draw continued Bordeaux’s spectacular run, and after surviving an early-season litmus check at Lyon, Gourvennec’s costs now face the heavy favourites to finish Monaco‘s one-yr spell atop French soccer.
PSG is slated to subject a star-studded squad towards Bordeaux that includes Brazilian stars Neymar, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, and Dani Alves, and on the opposite aspect of the ball a slew of gamers deserving of their very own plaudits. Malcom has the keys to Gourvennec's engine room, although fellow Brazilians Jonathan Cafu – who was signed from Ludogorets in the summertime – and Otavio – a artful defensive mid from Atletico Paranaense – are value a glance as properly. The midfield duo sometimes slot into the gaffer's most popular four-three-three formation with some mixture of Lerager and Younousse Sankhare, and to date so good as Bordeaux boasts the league's fifth-greatest possession numbers coupled with 14.four photographs per match, additionally the fifth-greatest commonplace.
These metrics convey that shifting the ball could be very a lot one among Bordeaux's strongest fits. Malcom and Kamano lead the league with 4 assists every as Les Girondins' efforts are guided by eighty three.6 move completion proportion by means of the opening seven matches. For a younger staff – with simply salt and pepper savant Jeremy Toulalan and Olivier Giroud doppelganger Benoit Costil the primary-staff regulars on the mistaken aspect of 30 – composure on the ball is an anomaly. Not so within the case of Bordeaux's budding lot.
Malcom is each the centrepiece and poster boy for Bordeaux's ethos, and even on the verge of stardom, the Brazilian winger continues to play with a youthful innocence.
"He isn’t in any respect affected by all the things that’s being stated. Even when he’s nonetheless younger, he’s additionally very mature," Gourvennec provided.
On Saturday on the Parc des Princes, these virtues will probably be on full show, and whereas many eyes will probably be targeted on PSG’s fake copper-prime star Neymar, Malcom might very nicely steal the highlight from his comparable countryman.
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