A sloth, Jens Lehmann, a fat kid with a mountain of selection boxes to work his way through and Laurent Robert in a defensive training session. These are just a few examples of things that are more active than a Ligue 1 footballer in January.
In fairness the French have broken into a sweat this week with a sprinkling of Coupe de France fixtures, just to get out of the house for a bit really. Lyon thrashed Creteil 4-0, Rennes thrashed Martigues 0-3, Lille thrashed Avion 0-3… [zzzzzz]… and in the only upset of the round Toulouse lost 1-2 against third division Paris FC.
Lyon’s Karim Benzema saw the cup tie with minnows Creteil as the perfect opportunity to remin Europe’s big guns why they should be scrapping over him now the transfer window is open.