Trust has to be earned, or trust to empower?

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. Thus Didier Deschamp is rewarded with Kylian Mbappe’s absolute loyalty, Andre-Villas Boas a rejuvenated Kevin Strootman, and Leonard Jardim the leader in Wissam Ben Yedder. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 France Ligue 1 Matchday 10 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Alfred Gomis (9.67, Lyon vs Dijon); Arturo Calabresi (8.22, Nimes vs Amiens), Boubacar Kamara (Olympique Marseille vs Strasbourg), Yunis Abdelhamid (8.20, Reims vs Montpellier), Denis Bouanga (8.63, Bordeaux vs Saint-Etienne); Angel Di Maria (10.00, Nice vs Paris St Germain), Kevin Strootman (7.93, Olympique Marseille vs Strasbourg), Houssem Aouar (7.96, Olympique Lyon vs Dijon), Kylian Mbappe (8.02, Nice vs Paris St Germain); Wissam Ben Yedder (8.22, Monaco vs Rennes), Islam Slimani (8.12, Monaco vs Rennes)

ALFRED GOMIS

@dfco_officiel

Player rating: 9.67
Team score: Lyon 0–0 Dijon
Individual highlights: 10 total saves

ARTURO CALABRESI

@artucala

Player rating: 8.22
Team score: Nimes 1–1 Amiens
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 dribbles

BOUBACAR KAMARA

@olympiquedemarseille

Player rating: 8.40
Team score: Marseille 2–0 Strasbourg
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 interceptions

YUNIS ABDELHAMID

@stadedereims

Player rating: 8.20
Team score: Reims 1–0 Montpellier
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 aerials won

DENIS BOUANGA

@asseofficiel

Player rating: 8.63
Team score: Bordeaux 0–1 Saint-Etienne
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 dribbles

ANGEL DI MARIA

@psg

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Nice 1–4 PSG
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 8 key passes

Mauro Icardi assist Angel Di Maria goal, Nice vs Paris St Germain, France Ligue 1 2019/2020
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Thomas Meunier assist Angel Di Maria goal, Nice vs Paris St Germain, France Ligue 1 2019/2020
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KEVIN STROOTMAN

@kevinstrootman

Player rating: 7.93
Team score: Marseille 2–0 Strasbourg
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

My first season at Marseille wasn't great. The board wanted to move me out and to have someone telling you it's better to leave is not a good feeling

I went to speak with Andre Villas-Boas and he told me, 'If you stay, you are a player on my team and I will do everything to restore your confidence.' That put me at ease. I want to do better for him and the team."

– Kevin Strootman on being given backing by new manager Andre Villas-Boas to stay and regain his form

HOUSSEM AOUAR

wesportfr.com

Player rating: 7.96
Team score: Lyon 0–0 Dijon
Individual highlights: 4 dribbles, 3 tackles

KYLIAN MBAPPE

@marco_verratti92

Player rating: 8.02
Team score: Nice 1–4 PSG
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

Didier Deschamp selected me for France while I wasn’t getting any minutes at Monaco because of my pending transfer to PSG. You don't know how much it means for a player: The sign of total trust and belief, the mark of confidence that's worth all the money in the world.

I could die for him on the pitch ever since. If he told me to play in goal, I would."

– Kylian Mbappe on Didier Deschamp's show of faith for which he would risk his life to repay

Angel Di Maria cross Kylian Mbappe goal, Nice vs Paris St Germain, France Ligue 1 2019/2020
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Kylian Mbappe assist Mauro Icardi goal, Nice vs Paris St Germain, France Ligue 1 2019/2020
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WISSAM BEN YEDDER

asmonaco.com

Player rating: 8.22
Team score: Monaco 3–2 Rennes
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 4 shots

"

I arrived at Monaco with a new status: A leader. When things go wrong now I can't retreat into myself like I might have done in the past, I have to take charge.

I learnt how to yell at people—just kidding—it's not in my nature to be outspoken but I've found my way to do it just the same."

– Wissam Ben Yedder on being entrusted to lead the Monaco dressing room

ISLAM SLIMANI

asmonaco.com

Player rating: 8.12
Team score: Monaco 3–2 Rennes
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

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