All Memphis Depay needed was time, all Islam Slimani needed was trust, all Fabio da Silva needed was peace. The best stories, comments, and highlights from Ligue 1 2019/20 August highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Romain Salin (8.82, Montpellier vs Rennes); Fabio da Silva (8.33, Nantes vs Montpellier), Jeremy Morel (8.48, Montpellier vs Rennes), Dante Bonfim (8.04, Nice vs Amiens), Hassane Kamara (8.88, Marseille vs Reims); Zinedine Ferhat (8.78, Monaco vs Nimes), Jeff Reine-Adelaide (9.23, Angers vs Bordeaux), Houssem Aouar (10.00, Lyon vs Angers), Memphis Depay (9.91, Lyon vs Angers); Moussa Dembele (8.82, Lyon vs Angers), Islam Slimani (9.32, Strasbourg vs Monaco)

ROMAIN SALIN

@Ligue1Conforama

Player rating: 8.82
Team score: Montpellier 0–1 Rennes
Individual highlights: 1 penalty save, 5 total saves

FABIO DA SILVA

fcnantes.com

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

"

I was intimidated when I arrived at Man Utd, a 16-year-old boy, surrounded by all these great stars.

I was also hit by injuries, in the end I never reached the height expected of me. I was happy to move on to France, to play in a new country; the Ligue 1 may not compare to the Premier League in terms of organisation but Nantes is a beautiful city and this is a homely club. I feel settled here."

—Fabio da Silva on his football journey to Nantes via Manchester

JEREMY MOREL

@Ligue1Conforama

Player rating: 8.48
Team score: Montpellier 0–1 Rennes
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 8 clearances

DANTE BONFIM

@ogcnice

Player rating: 8.04
Team score: Nice 2–1 Amiens
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 102 touches

HASSANE KAMARA

@futbol_x_minuto

Player rating: 8.88
Team score: Marseille 0–2 Reims
Individual highlights: 8 tackles, 6 interceptions

ZINEDINE FERHAT

@dzair.sport_official

Player rating: 8.78
Team score: Monaco 2–2 Nimes
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 4 key passes

JEFF REINE-ADELAIDE

@jeff.reineadelaide

Player rating: 9.23
Team score: Angers 3–1 Bordeaux
Individual highlights:
1 goal, 1 assist

HOUSSEM AOUAR

@aouar.world

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Lyon 6–0 Angers
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 assists

MEMPHIS DEPAY

@memphisdepay

Player rating: 9.91
Team score: Lyon 6–0 Angers
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

"

I went to Man Utd too early.

I was 21 back then, now I'm 25 so obviously I'm more mature, my mental state is different. Of course the Premier League and Ligue 1 are also different in nature, the English game is tough and a lot about speed and transition whereas in France there's more emphasis on technique and control."

—Memphis Depay on his coming-of-age since leaving Man Utd for Lyon

MOUSSA DEMBELE

@ol

Player rating: 8.82
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 2 shots
Team result: Olympique Lyon 6–0 Angers

ISLAM SLIMANI

@islamslimani09

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

"

When you’re confident you can enjoy your football.

I worked with Leonardo Jardim at Sporting, he knows my qualities, he knows how to use me and give me confidence, so when Monaco came calling it's no-brainer."

—Islam Slimani on joining Monaco on loan from Leicester

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