First time a fluke, second time choice.

PSG’s Angel Di Maria, Nantes’ Fabio da Silva, and Nimes’ Zinedine Ferhat have set the standards for France Ligue 1 teams of the week with their second inclusions. The best stories, comments, and highlights from Matchday 4’s full eleven. 

4-4-2 | Predrag Rajkovic (8.00, Reims vs Lille); Fabio da Silva (8.33, Nantes vs Montpellier), Andrei Girotto (7.87, Nantes vs Montpellier), Thiago Silva (7.99, Metz vs Paris St Germain), Racine Coly (8.18, Rennes vs Nice); Zinedine Ferhat (8.18, Nimes vs Brest), Abdoulaye Toure (8.92, Nantes vs Montpellier), Theo Valls (8.10, Nimes vs Brest), Angel Di Maria (8.27, Metz vs Paris St Germain); Islam Slimani (9.32, Strasbourg vs Monaco), Renaud Ripart (8.39, Nimes vs Brest)

PREDRAG RAJKOVIC

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 8.00
Team score: Reims 2–0 Lille
Individual highlights: 1 penalty save, 3 total saves

FABIO DA SILVA

@bapiste0444

Player rating: 8.33
Team score: Nantes 1–0 Montpellier
Individual highlights: 6 tackles, 5 aerials won

"

I can come inside and play like a midfielder when Christian Gourcuff puts the winger wide, or sometimes he'll switch it up and I'll go wide.

We have more flexibility and I'm loving his mentality to play football with the ball."

– Fabio da Silva on playing in Christian Gourcuff's Nantes

ANDREI GIROTTO

@teamgirotto_officiel

Player rating: 7.87
Team score: Nantes 1–0 Montpellier
Individual highlights: 7 clearances, 5 aerials won

THIAGO SILVA

@meumundothiago

Player rating: 7.99
Team score: Metz 0–2 PSG
Individual highlights: 5 interceptions, 102 accurate passes

RACINE COLY

@lauranehabasque

Player rating: 8.18
Team score: Rennes 1–2 Nice
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 99 touches

ZINEDINE FERHAT

@dzair__football

Player rating: 8.18
Team score: Nimes 3–0 Brest
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 key passes

"

I'm first and foremost an attacker. I can still improve on my finishing around the 18-yard box even though I get the same pleasure from scoring or assisting.

My target is to contribute 7 goals and 10 assists for Nimes this season."

– Zinedine Ferhat on his personal objectives stepping up from Ligue 2 to 1

ABDOULAYE TOURE

@fcnantes

Player rating: 8.92
Team score: Nantes 1–0 Montpellier
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 interceptions

THEO VALLS

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 8.10
Team score: Nimes 3–0 Brest
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 interceptions

ANGEL DI MARIA

@angeldimariajm

Player rating: 8.27
Team score: Metz 0–2 PSG
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 dribbles

"

Sometimes it can be hard when there are so many stars in a team.

It's normal that Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Junior all want to attack, to try to score. Last season I was able to play higher up the pitch because of injuries to Neymar and Edi. But like I said, year after year we adapt, we progress."

– Angel Di Maria on adjusting to play a deeper role for PSG

ISLAM SLIMANI

@islamslimani09

Player rating: 9.32
Team score: Strasbourg 2–2 Monaco
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 4 shots on target

RENAUD RIPART

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 8.39
Team score: Nimes 3–0 Brest
Individual highlights: 5 key passes, 6 aerials won

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