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Le Président will take charge of his first Lyon game when les Gones head to Stade Rennais FC on Sunday.

A FIFA World Cup winner with France in 1998, Blanc won Ligue 1 Uber Eats as an AJ Auxerre player in 1996 and then four times as a manager – once with Girondins de Bordeaux and then three consecutive times with Paris Saint-Germain.

Accordingly, he has more than a few memories from his time in the French top flight. Blanc sat down with the Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS to elucidate them…

Laurent Blanc on…

… his best goal

“I’d say my first goal, with Montpellier against Paris Saint-Germain! It was a very nice goal. I remember that one.”

… his worst moment

“I had some difficult times at struggling clubs – I’m thinking about Nîmes, and Saint-Étienne. We had an average season, to say the least.”

… his toughest opponent

“Sonny Anderson was difficult to play against.”

… his best teammate

“A lot of people may disagree, but I’m going to say Christophe Dugarry. I think he could’ve had a great career – even better than the one he had – if he’d have played as a centre forward. I think then he would have enjoyed an unbelievable career.”

Frank Leboeuf, Christophe Dugarry, France '98

… the best atmosphere

“Marseille. Marseille, Lens, Saint-Étienne. The usual suspects!”

… the funniest player

“[Luciano] Spinosi, he was a crazy guy. Bruno Bellone, too! He was a great player, and a great guy too. You could laugh a lot with him.”

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