The reigning champions PSG played their seventh Ligue 1 match of the season last night, and look to be a very good bet to retain the title for a fourth consecutive time this year. However, Ligue 1 is not all about the Parisian giants and a number of other teams and players have stood out this season.
WhoScored.com is a website which provides up-to-date statistics for every game in all the major leagues around the world. It is a fantastic database of information which provides statistics, archives and player ratings. Here is the Ligue 1 team of the year thus far, according to WhoScored.
(All ratings are out of ten)
GK - Anthony Lopes (Lyon) 7.2
The newly-capped Portuguese youngster is now playing his third season as Lyon's first choice goalkeeper. The 24-year-old has come up through the Lyon ranks and is now one of the most valuable members of their squad. With an impressive four clean-sheets from his first six games of the Ligue 1 season, he is well worthy of his place in this team.
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RB - Serge Aurier (PSG) 7.7
Known for his attacking flair from right back, the Ivorian 22-year-old has been a valuable addition to the PSG team since his arrival from Toulouse in 2014. He has quickly usurped Gregory van der Weil as the first choice in his position and is building a strong partnership with Lucas Moura on PSG's right hand side.
CB - Thiago Silva (PSG) 7.7
Thiago Silva is arguably the most complete defender in the game. Quick across the ground and strong in the tackle, he is a rock for both club and country. The PSG captain leads by example and has started the season brilliantly as he looks to inspire his team to domestic and european success this season. At 31, he could only have another two or three seasons at the top so he will be hungry for the elusive Champions League triumph.
CB - Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne) 7.8
Anybody who has watched Ligue 1 over the past few seasons will recognise Perrin as one of the best defenders in the league. The Saint-Etienne captain is a one-club man and has amassed over 260 games in the club colours. This season he has looked at his robust best again and has even scored two goals in the opening few games of the season.
LB - Layvin Kurzawa (PSG) 8.0
Kurzawa came through the youth ranks at Monaco but such is PSG's financial and footballing dominance in France, once they came calling this summer, his boyhood club had no choice but to sell. PSG have been looking for a replacement for the ageing Maxwell for a while and look to have found a gem in the 23-year-old French international.
RM - Lucas Moura (PSG) 7.5
It is a big season for the young Brazilian. The winger, who was famously coveted as a youngster by Sir Alex Ferguson before he was priced out of a move, has never fully established himself as a first choice option since his arrival at the Parc des Princes. He has started the season brilliantly, justifying his recall to the national team with some impressive performances, but still needs to add more goals and assists to his game.
CM - Lassana Diarra (Marseille) 7.8
Marseille took a gamble on Diarra after he fell out with his former employers Lokomotiv Moscow and was subsequently frozen out for a year. He has looked as sharp as ever this season at the heart of the Marseille midfield and has reminded the world why he was once a Real Madrid regular. His pass completion rate has been exceptional this season with 97.3% and he has even scored a wonder goal already for his new club.
CM - Henri Saivet (Bordeaux) 7.8
A Bordeaux man through and through, at 24 years of age Saivet is the youngest captain in the league. The Senegalese international has been brilliant in the Bordeaux midfield and has weighed in with important goals against high-flyers PSG and Saint-Etienne.
LM - Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux) 8.2
Possibly the stand-out player so far this season the Corsican-born Tunisian winger has lit up Ligue 1 with his dribbling flair and creativity. He has also scored three and assisted two in the first five games of the season. Definitely one to watch and if he continues this stunning form, he may well be on the shopping list of big clubs all over the world.
ST - Andy Delort (Caen) 7.5
The strongly-built Frenchman has been a brilliant addition to the Caen setup this year since his summer transfer from Wigan Athletic. He failed to settle in England but has looked at home with his new club and has scored two goals in his first six appearances.
ST - Nabil Fekir (Lyon) 8.1
What a shame it is for the French prodigy that he picked up a potentially season-ending knee injury while making his first start for the national team. Before his injury he scored four goals in four games, including a stunning hat-trick against Caen. It will now be a race against the clock for him to prove his fitness before the European Championships, but Ligue 1 will be a less exciting place without him in the meantime.