Ligue 1 has enjoyed an exciting start to the season that has seen Lille join Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco as contenders for the French crown, and Goal has selected the outstanding XI of the campaign to date.
In goal it is impossible to look past Vincent Enyeama, who came close to breaking the French record of minutes without conceding a goal in Le Championnat. The Nigeria international went past the 11-hour mark before eventually succumbing to a deflected shot and has been in inspirational form for his side.
But it has not just been the Lille goalkeeper who has excelled: Simon Kjaer joined the club in the summer and has been reborn, playing a vital role in a defense that has kept an impressive 14 clean sheets – more than anyone else in Europe. Thiago Silva, meanwhile, may have been restricted to 13 league appearances, yet he remains the classiest player in the center back position in the world. On the right, Serge Aurier's performances for Toulouse have earned glances from Arsenal, while on the left Henri Bedimo has enjoyed an all-action start to the campaign for Olympique Lyonnais, for which he has been the outstanding player.
Unsurprisingly, this team is dominated by the top three sides, who have opened up a healthy advantage over their rivals in the first half of the campaign, and this continues in midfield where Marco Verratti has further matured under Laurent Blanc and is now a leader of PSG. Alongside him is new Monaco addition Jeremy Toulalan, who has provided a solid base for the principality side to build from.
James Rodriguez had a quiet start to life in France but has now established himself has Monaco's playmaker and has arguably been the team's outstanding figure in the opening half of the campaign. Flanking him will be Edinson Cavani, who has shown he is more than capable of occupying a role out on the wing, despite doubts over his capability to perform such a task in pre-season, while Remy Cabella has been Montpellier's sole bright spot in an otherwise miserable campaign.
Rounding off the team is, of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been unquestionably France's outstanding player since the beginning of the season. In total he has scored 15 Ligue 1 goals, including an outrageous scorpion kick against Bastia, which will go down as one of the most memorable strikes in the world this season.