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Like the collective, “Flo'” confirms in 2021-2022. A sign that he has reached a new level, he signed a benchmark match in Marseille (2-3). His penalty converted under pressure and his two assists allowed Racing to win after a very high level individual performance. Indispensable in the eyes of the coach because of his self-sacrifice, he also proved his versatility when receiving Lyon in February 2022. In a gala match against a European opponent, the usual offensive player brings his aerial and projection qualities to the post of… midfielder. His vision of the game also allows him to score improbable goals, like the one against Clermont (3-1), scored from a very tight angle after stealing the ball from the goalkeeper’s feet.
On all fronts, Florian Sotoca is starting the 2022-2023 season with a bang. In August, he hit hard on the first day of the championship with three goals against Brest (3-2), signing the first hat-trick of his professional career. A Lensois had not achieved such a performance since Toifilou Maoulida in April 2010. Then, he became a passer in Monaco (1-4) and against Rennes (2-1) before punctuating this sensational month with two high-class goals against Lorient (5-2). These high-flying performances earned him a nomination for the UNFP Trophy for Ligue 1 Uber Eats Player of the Month for August, alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar. An experienced leader of the locker room, he wears the captain’s armband three times in the absence of Seko Fofana. Subsequently, he scored again, against Lyon from the penalty spot (1-0), then made three offerings in three consecutive Ligue 1 matches (Toulouse, Angers, Clermont).
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