First impressions are deceiving.

Yes, both Dimitri Payet and Memphis Depay are total Ds by Dante Bonfim’s definition. No, the Ds in context are likely not the initial Ds you had in mind. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 France Ligue 1 Matchday 12 & 13 best eleven.

4-4-2 | Alfred Gomis (8.13, Monaco vs Dijon); Youcef Atal (9.07, Nice vs Bordeaux), Daniel Congre (8.45, Montpellier vs Toulouse), Dante Bonfim (8.30, Nice vs Reims), Ludovic Baal (7.76, Amiens vs Brest); Memphis Depay (9.56, Toulouse vs Olympique Lyon), Wylan Cyprien (8.58, Nice vs Reims), Dimitri Payet (8.76, Olympique Marseille vs Olympique Lyon), Dimitri Lienard (9.57, Strasbourg vs Nimes); Lebo Mothiba (9.60, Strasbourg vs Nimes), Ludovic Ajorque (9.58, Strasbourg vs Nimes)

ALFRED GOMIS

asmonaco.com

Player rating: 8.13
Team score: Monaco 1–0 Dijon
Individual highlights: 6 total saves

YOUCEF ATAL

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 9.07
Team score: Nice 1–1 Bordeaux
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 9 dribbles

DANIEL CONGRE

@infosportplus

Player rating: 8.45
Team score: Montpellier 3–0 Toulouse
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 6 interceptions

DANTE BONFIM

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 8.30
Team score: Nice 2–0 Reims
Individual highlights: 5 aerials won, 95 accurate passes

"

It all boils down to 2 things: Desire and dedication.

Winning the DFB Pokal, Bundesliga, and UEFA Champions League treble with Bayern taught me that nothing is impossible in football. We may have a young team at Nice; we can qualify for Europe.”

– Dante Bonfim on bringing his winner’s ethics to Nice

LUDOVIC BAAL

letelegramme.fr

Player rating: 7.76
Team score: Amiens 1–0 Brest
Individual highlights: 6 tackles, 6 key passes

MEMPHIS DEPAY

@OL

Player rating: 9.56
Team score: Toulouse 2–3 Olympique Lyon
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 6 key passes

"

Memphis Depay is a fantastic professional.

There’s this image of Memphis with flashy cars and blings but that cannot be further away from who he really is. Even when he's frustrated over his playing time, the kid respected everyone and always tried doubly hard in training. I only have good things to say about him.”

– Jose Mourinho on Memphis Depay’s determination at Man Utd

WYLAN CYPRIEN

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 8.58
Team score: Nice 2–0 Reims
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 98 touches

DIMITRI PAYET

@ligue1conforama

Player rating: 8.76
Team score: Marseille 2–1 Lyon
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 5 shots

"

Dimitri Payet is on another level and yet he would stay back every day after training to work on set-pieces.

I remember him scoring a record number of Premier League free-kicks in a season or something like that. I do fancy myself from a dead-ball situation but when Dimi’s around I never got a look in, well rightly so.”

– Aaron Cresswell on Dimitri Payet's discipline when playing for West Ham

DIMITRI LIENARD

@rcsa

Player rating: 9.57
Team score: Strasbourg 4–1 Nimes
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 7 dribbles

LEBO MOTHIBA

@rcsa

Player rating: 9.60
Team score: Strasbourg 4–1 Nimes
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 5 aerials won

LUDOVIC AJORQUE

@RCSA

Player rating: 9.58
Team score: Strasbourg 4–1 Nimes
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 assists

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