The Best: Athletic performances of the season so far

The Best: Athletic performances of the season so far

Publish on 10/18 at 11:00 - S. WILLIS


Distance covered, sprints, top speed... Which players have shone since the start of the season? How do the 18 Ligue 1 Uber Eats clubs rank? Key stats!

Following on from September's international break, the October break provides an opportunity to take another look at the athletic performances in Ligue 1 Uber Eats this season. Who covered the greatest distance? Who did the most sprints? Who is the fastest player? Find out in stats.

Adrien Thomasson keeps it rolling...

Already the leader during the previous international break, Adrien Thomasson remains the player who covers the greatest distance per 90 minutes. RC Lens' number 28 has even improved his average from 13.51 to 13.77 km covered per match. These athletic performances have helped Lens to lift their spirits in recent weeks, with a run of three games without defeat (two wins and one draw) after a complicated start to the championship.

Two-time defending champion Johan Gastien has climbed one place and is now just behind Lens. With 13.31 km covered per 90 minutes, he is the only other Ligue 1 Uber Eats player to break the 13 km barrier. In third place (12.84 km), Douglas Augusto confirms his massibe gas tank in the FC Nantes midfield.

Marshall Munetsi, who missed out on the top ten a month ago, has made a superb comeback and is now just off the podium. It's worth noting that the midfielders are doing extremely well at the start of the season, leaving no stone unturned by the players in the other positions in this Top Ten.

Average distance travelled per 90 minutes*:

1. Adrien Thomasson (RC Lens): 13.77 km
2. Johan Gastien (CF63): 13.31 km
3. Douglas Augusto (FC Nantes): 12.84 km
4. Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims): 12.83 km
5. Vincent Sierro (Toulouse FC): 12.73 km
6. Morgan Sanson (OGC Nice): 12.69 km
7. Yassine Kechta (Havre AC): 12.60 km
8. Jessy Deminguet (RCSA): 12.59 km
9. Daler Kuzyaev (Havre AC): 12.58 km
10. Julien Ponceau (FC Lorient): 12.55 km
* 360 minutes played minimum

... and sets a new record

To improve his average, Adrien Thomasson was able to build on his remarkable physical performance in Round 5. Against FC Metz, the former Strasbourg man set the record for the longest distance covered in a match this season by covering 14.08km. The Franco-Croatian was not far off being dethroned the following weekend, but Douglas Augusto ended up finishing just behind Lens (14.02 km). Johan Gastien, who held the record a month ago, slipped back to third place, even though he improved his mark during Clermont Foot's excellent draw with PSG (13.97 km).

Players who have covered the greatest distance in a single match:
1. Adrien Thomasson (RC Lens, against Metz J5): 14.08 km
2. Douglas Augusto (FC Nantes, against Lorient J6): 14.02 km
3. Johan Gastien (Clermont Foot, against PSG J7): 13.97 km
4. Marshall Munetsi (Stade de Reims, vs LOSC J6): 13.74 km
5. Benjamin Bourigeaud (Stade Rennais, against PSG J8): 13.56 km

Chirivella the only one above 12 km

On the other hand, the player who has travelled the longest distance on average in relation to the number of games played in the first 8 rounds of Ligue 1 Uber Eats is Pedro Chirivella. The Nantes captain has been a regular starter this season, averaging 12.16 km per game. He is the only player to break the twelve-kilometre barrier. His best performance came in the spectacular 5-3 win over Lorient, when he covered 13.24km. He is ahead of two other midfielders: Azor Matuziwa (SdR, 11.94 km/match) and Laurent Abergel (FCL, 11.93 km/match). Jonathan David (LOSC, sixth) is the only striker to feature here, ahead of Florian Sotoca (RCL, 10.97 km/game) in 20th place.

Players who covered the greatest distance on average per match:
1. Pedro Chirivella (FC Nantes): 12.16 km
2. Azor Matuziwa (Stade de Reims): 11.94 km
3. Laurent Abergel (FC Lorient): 11.93 km
4. Benjamin André (LOSC): 11.72 km
5. Johan Gastien (Clermont Foot): 11.7 km

Mousa Tamari, a great find

Mousa Tamari has been making a name for himself since joining Montpellier Hérault SC in the summer (three goals and one assist), and the numbers bear out the mercurial impression he has left on  Ligue 1 Uber Eats pitches: the Jordanian has the league's most sprints per 90 minutes (27.08 sprints).

Caio Henrique, who suffered a serious knee injury at the end of September, slipped to second place (26.20 sprints), ahead of another player injured for several months, Zakaria Aboukhlal (26.02). In fourth place is Achraf Hakimi (25.88), who should soon be on the podium if he continues his good form.

Average sprints completed per 90 minutes*:
1. Mousa Tamari (MHSC): 27.08
2. Caio Henrique (AS Monaco): 26.20
3. Zakaria Aboukhlal (Toulouse FC): 26.02
4. Achraf Hakimi (PSG): 25.88
5. Lamine Camara (FC Metz): 24.38
6. Adrien Truffert (Stade Rennais): 23.74
7. Akor Adams (MHSC): 23.51
8. Tiago Santos (LOSC): 22.70
9. Przemyslaw Frankowski (RC Lens): 22.67
10. Ludovic Blas (Stade Rennais): 22.54
* 360 minutes played minimum

Andy Pelmard overtakes Jonathan Clauss

Jonathan Clauss is no longer the fastest man in Ligue 1 Uber Eats this season. The OM right-back has seen another defender overtake him since the last international break. Clermont-Ferrand's Andy Pelmard reclaimed the crown by being clocked at 36.14 km/h. Behind Pelmard and Clauss (36.11 km/h), three players share third place: Moses Simon, Folarin Balogun and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (35.97 km/h).

Top speed this season in Ligue 1 Uber Eats:
1. Andy Pelmard (CF63): 36.14 km/h
2. Jonathan Clauss (OM): 36.11 km/h
3. Moses Simon (FC Nantes): 35.97 km/h
-- Folarin Balogun (AS Monaco): 35.97 km/h
-- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (OM): 35.97 km/h
6. Abdoul Kader Bamba (FC Nantes): 35.95 km/h
7. Kenny Lala (SB29): 35.94 km/h
8. Achraf Hakimi (PSG): 35.90 km/h
-- Emanuel Emegha (RCSA): 35.90 km/h
10. Terem Moffi (OGC Nice): 35.89 km/h

A dominant RC Lens

Despite the back-to-back fixtures and the appearance of the Champions League on the calendar, RC Lens is still going strong in the league. With 122 km travelled per match, the Sang et Or remain at the top of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats speciality rankings. Stade de Reims have moved up one place and are now hot on the heels of Artésiens (121.4 km). Stade Rennais complete the podium with 121.3 km covered per match. Leading the overall table with 17 points, AS Monaco are fourth in terms of distance covered (120.1 km).

Already in last place the previous month, OL, on the other hand, significantly improved their average, rising from 111.6 to 113.4 km covered per match. PSG, for their part, remain in 14th place, with a slightly lower average (from 117.5 to 116.8 km).

Average distance travelled per match:
1. RC Lens: 122.0 km
2. Stade de Reims: 121.4 km
3. Stade Rennais: 121.3 km
4. AS Monaco: 120.1 km
5. RC Strasbourg Alsace: 119.9 km
6. FC Lorient: 119.4 km
7. FC Nantes: 119.3 km
8. OM: 119.2 km
9. OGC Nice: 119.1 km
10. LOSC: 118.8 km
-- Havre AC: 118.8 km
12. Toulouse FC: 118.6 km
13. Clermont Foot 63: 117.4 km
14. PSG: 116.8 km
15. Stade Brestois 29: 114.0 km
16. Montpellier HSC: 113.9 km
17. FC Metz: 113.7 km
18. OL: 113.4 km

As far as sprints are concerned, the top two places remain unchanged. RC Lens still reign supreme in both categories, with the highest average number of sprints per match (169.1). Just behind RCL are AS Monaco, now with an average of 168.5 sprints per match. Stade Rennais complete the podium. The Breton club moved up seven places on last month, from 142.8 to 158.1 sprints per match.

Average sprints per match:
1. RC Lens: 169.1
2. AS Monaco: 168.5
3. Stade Rennais: 158.1
4. RC Strasbourg Alsace: 154.0
5. OGC Nice: 153.1
6. PSG: 151.5
7. OM: 150.6
8. FC Nantes: 149.0
9. Stade de Reims: 146.1
10. LOSC: 145.8
11. Montpellier HSC: 139.6
12. OL: 136.5
13. Stade Brestois 29: 135.4
14. Clermont Foot 63: 131.3
15. Toulouse FC: 128.9
16. FC Metz: 128.3
17. FC Lorient: 121.4
18. Havre AC: 120.6

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