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.”
… 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.”