Soccer. Lecomte, the guardian angel of Montpellier

For a player, a match against Paris Saint-Germain is already not an encounter like the others. So for a guard … Undergoing the assaults of the Parisian armada for 90 minutes can quickly turn into a nightmare. Conversely, a good performance can be noticed. This is what Benjamin Lecomte is doing this season with Montpellier (6th L1), who moves tonight at the Parc des Princes in late match of the 17th day (21 hours). The last defense of the second most hermetic defense of the championship (the first being that of PSG), the porter is one of the best goalkeepers in Ligue 1.

He again proved Sunday against Lille, second best attack, on the 25th day. After five consecutive victories in L1 in 2019, the dolphin PSG conceded a draw (0-0) at home against Montpellier. Author of several decisive judgments, especially against Nicolas Pépé (3rd best scorer of the championship with 16 achievements), Benjamin Lecomte is one of the great craftsmen of this point torn up in the North. Tonight, the native of Arcueil (Val-de-Marne) to the mouth of the angel will have a new opportunity to shine against the best attack of L1. But Lecomte (27) has certainly not forgotten his misadventure last year. For his first come in Paris with Montpellier, he was left full suitcases (4-0 defeat, dubbed Neymar, Cavani and Di Maria). This time, the Paris offensive line is amputated Neymar and Cavani, wounded. But Kylian Mbappé, L1's top scorer this season (19 goals), struck last week in the Champions League against Manchester United and then Saint-Etienne.

Targeted by Monaco and Marseille during the winter transfer window

Nineteen is also the number of goals conceded by Lecomte in 24 days. A low figure (Paris took 13 and Lyon, 3rd L1, 22) that reflects its effectiveness. Since his arrival at the MHSC in the summer of 2017, the former goalkeeper Lorient continues to gain importance in his team. "If we're here, it's largely thanks to him," said midfielder Damien Le Tallec. In every game, he brings us decisive stops. For me, it's number 1 in France. Bruno Martini, deputy director of the training center in Montpellier, is full of praise for him. "It is efficient, constant and ticks all the boxes in the guardian register. Good on his line, comfortable in the aerial exits, it is an athlete longiligne with a remarkable reading of the game and a good quality of revival, specifies the former doorman of the Blues (31 selections). And since he controls his emotions, thanks to his composure, he is complete. "

Reconverted to the post of guardian at the age of 14, the one who was trained at Chamois Niortais emerges a great serenity in addition to his statistics. A quality that did not escape the coach Didier Deschamps, who summoned him for the first time in France in September to face the double defection of Steve Mandanda and Hugo Lloris in games against Germany and the United States. Netherlands in League of Nations. "Benjamin has two great seasons," said Michel Der Zakaria, MHSC coach. He confirms that he has all the qualities to be a high level goalkeeper. Targeted by Monaco and Marseille during the winter transfer window, he made the choice to stay. But its goal is Europe. "If Montpellier is not European, we'll see what happens. We will discuss it with Laurent (Nicollin, the Hérault president) and the coach. But, I never hid, I want to play Europe. Since I was little, I want to play in the Champions League. "