A important character embodied by PSG, main supporting roles, endearing actors and “suitcases” of targets moved from stadium to stadium… As each season, opus 21 of the “Ligue 1” sequence has since provided starting of August a fairly thrilling situation. With out forgetting, its lot of left behind and opposite occasions. Whereas ready for December 28, for an unprecedented restoration between Christmas and New 12 months’s Day, we undergo you what we favored and disliked to this point this season.
The invincibility of PSG
Within the standings, Paris has already taken the lead (5 factors over Lens) and appears to be crusing in the direction of its eleventh league title. However, with out shouting it from the rooftops of the capital, Christophe Galtier’s PSG has set itself the extra goal of ending the season undefeated. Problem that no French workforce has ever achieved to this point and that solely uncommon overseas groups have fulfilled – AC Milan (1992), Arsenal (2004) and Juventus (2012).
In Paris, the longest sequence of invincibility quantities to 26 video games, beneath Gérard Houllier in 1986, the 12 months of the primary title. What penalties will the World Cup, the course within the Champions League and the content material of its switch window have on the efficiency of PSG? Thriller. However Lens-PSG on Sunday January 1 already makes you actually wish to.
The great surprises of Lens and Lorient
Lengthy dwell the “small” groups which were shaking up the large groups since August! Thanks Lens for this everlasting motion sport and the pre-eminence of the collective. Hats off to having retained Seko Fofana, considered one of L1’s flagship gamers, if just for just a few further months. Bravo for the victories in Monaco (4-1) and Marseille (1-0). Congratulations on the successes in entrance of Rennes (2-1), Lorient (5-2) and Lyon (1-0) in a Bollaert stadium the place the fervor and communion between gamers and supporters plead for an instantaneous return to the European scene, after two seventh locations in a row. And too unhealthy for the affront of the derby misplaced to Lille (1-0), the one setback for the Sang et Or – the one L1 workforce with a single defeat.
And what about FC Lorient, sluggish sixteenth within the standings the final two seasons, and fifth on the break? What an excellent iodized shock than that of the workforce coached by Régis Le Bris, 46, new to L1. The Hakes have been marking time in latest weeks, however they’ve squatted the rostrum for some time, due to successes in Rennes, Lyon, Nantes or Lille. Chef Le Bris’ recipe for hake? Expertise behind, younger folks in entrance – Le Fée, Théo Le Bris, Ponceau, Ouattara – a scorer, Terem Moffi (9 targets), urgent and a fast transition sport.
Since August, we now have seen targets in amount and everyone seems to be delighted. With 444 targets, the present 12 months is an excellent 12 months, 20 factors larger than the earlier season (414) and higher than the totals of latest earlier seasons. On common, each sport ends with at the very least three targets (2.96). Solely seven conferences resulted in a 0-0, or in 5% of instances. Hope it lasts…
The arrival of Laurent Blanc at OL
Lyon is doing a little bit of a job in eighth place, however proof that it isn’t resigned to taking part in second fiddle, the membership managed to grab Laurent Blanc from his retirement to succeed Peter Bosz firstly of October. 4-time champion – thrice with PSG, one with Bordeaux – the 56-year-old “President”, who has not skilled in Europe since leaving PSG in 2016, will present what he’s able to after six years of coaching. inactivity at this stage of competitors.
WE DIDN’T LIKE…
Too many purple playing cards
Sufficient is sufficient. From the beginning of the championship, the referees rained down playing cards, particularly yellow and purple. 16 reds over the primary three days, 34 after eight days, 43 after 11 days… The French referees have been suspected of making use of the pre-season directions too zealously, nonetheless recent on the finish of the summer season. In its protection, the refereeing physique argued that it was working for the safety of gamers, when it comes to accidents, and the safety of the authority of the referee, too usually heckled. The lads in black additionally argued that this particular season with 4 relegated had created further tensions. Fortuitously, issues normalized over the times. This Monday, the entire variety of purple playing cards (57) exceeds these of latest years however not as a lot.
The disappointing course of Good
Good, mediocre ninth, appears like Method 1 caught behind the grid. The highly effective Ineos group, proprietor of the membership, actually anticipated higher from the Montpellier duo Delort-Laborde reformed on the Riviera, Nicolas Pépé from Arsenal, Sofiane Diop, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, with coach Lucien Favre again in cost. . Nevertheless, the Aiglons, certified for the 1/eighth of the Europa Convention League, appear to indicate a slight enchancment with six video games with out defeat.
The galley of Strasbourg and the shipwreck of Angers
After Saint-Etienne, Metz and Bordeaux relegated final season, two historic golf equipment, Strasbourg and Angers are taking up the water this season. Dashing sixth in Could, Strasbourg (18th with 10 factors) can not take off. Aborted transfers (Djiku and Ajorque), failed switch window, accidents, unhealthy luck, Racing isn’t within the race. He was the final workforce to document a victory, on the tenth day, in Angers (3-2) in the beginning of October. Nevertheless, Julien Stephan, stored on the bench, has an opportunity of finishing up the upkeep operation. However, a leaden screed appears to weigh on Angers who stay on seven defeats in a row. The venerable SCO has settled in final place and appears unable to maneuver from it, besides to go right down to Ligue 2.