Ligue 1 – PSG, Lens, Rennes, Monaco, OM, Lorient: the High 6 of L1, actually high

We needed to rub our eyes and examine the brightness exterior. Sunday afternoon, at 3 p.m., we thought we have been reliving Saturday evenings that we’d quite neglect. At halftime within the multiplex, a small aim to get your enamel into and the impression that the demons of the previous have been going to resurface, these the place Ligue 1 was within the throes of play, concepts and subsequently objectives. We simply needed to wait: ultimately, the 14th day of L1 didn’t finish in any of those 0-0 so emblematic, for a time, of our championship.

We needed to rub our eyes, once more, once we noticed that this season, solely 7 of the 140 matches performed to this point have resulted in a goalless draw. A scenario which is undoubtedly defined by the irregular season skilled by the elite however above all sanctioned by 4 runs: greater than ever, 3-point victories weigh closely in opposition to the greater than restricted accounting good thing about 1-point attracts.

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Downstairs, it began enjoying for survival. However on the high, it is greater than ever. As Ligue 1 enters its final weekend earlier than the World Cup, the High 6 has by no means appeared so dense: the primary six groups have a mean of virtually 2 factors/match (Monaco, Marseille and Lorient are at 1 ,92, Ed). On the identical stage of the season, in 2021-22, OGC Good was a strong runner-up to PSG with 26 factors. This 12 months, he would do an honorable… seventh.

PSG, in fact, however particularly Lens and Lorient

On the very high, unsurprisingly, it’s Paris that dominates the pack. With 38 factors, PSG have achieved the third finest begin to the accounting season in historical past for the reason that institution of the 3-point victory, as our columnist Elton Mokolo reminded us in Tour d’Europe (see video). Within the sport, it was generally a deal with, like in opposition to Lille (1-7). MNM has by no means been so scrumptious whereas being efficient. That Paris dominates, nothing new. Could he not be remoted in his galaxy, then again…

With 33 factors, it’s the RC Lens which retains a loopy tempo. For the perfect begin to the season of their historical past, the Sang et Or chained performances, magical nights at Bollaert whereas having grown within the administration of weak occasions. Outcome: highlighted for its flamboyance for the reason that return to L1, Lens shines with its defensive serenity. In view of the workforce and the present dynamic, seeing the Artois exterior of Europe on the finish of the season would appear like a disappointment for a readable, coherent and deeply endearing venture.

Seko Fofana (C) prolonged to RC Lens on the heart of the Bollaert-Delelis stadium

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Readable, coherent, endearing: the adjectives are the identical when speaking concerning the different shock of this begin to the season, FC Lorient. Accustomed to combating in opposition to relegation, listed below are the Merlus who invent an odyssey, an enchanted season with Régis Le Bris within the position of the chief magician. With 27 factors, they’re “solely” sixth however compete with their means: concepts, panache and expertise.

For the remainder, discovering Rennes, Marseille and Monaco on this peloton which stands out is no surprise however stays reassuring. The Bretons proceed to develop, carried by the power of a generally spectacular collective, particularly at dwelling, but in addition by people who seem like robust hyperlinks within the championship (Terrier, Bourigeaud, Gouiri). Add to that the invention of a nugget like Désiré Doué and you’ll perceive why Stade Rennais is a repeated curiosity, week after week.

First “Europe” scorer born in 2005: Doué, the aptly named Rennes will-o’-the-wisp

Monaco and Marseille are on schedule however have failed to remain constant. Monaco did it once more for us at first of the failed season. To higher explode within the second half of the season? Marseille fueled earlier than fully stalling. His victory in opposition to OL earlier than difficult ASM on Sunday appeared like a flip that shouldn’t be missed. The Marseillais are nonetheless alive if not fully in form.

Lille, solely cheated?

The actual novelty of this main automobile lies within the reward via play. The virtuosity of PSG, the solidarity of RC Lens, the verticality of OM, the complementarity of the Monegasque workforce, the unpredictable facet of Rennes and the Lorient’s methodology when constructing its actions are as a lot main tactical info of L1 as efficient devices in relation to chasing factors.

Mainly, there are these six and the others. Accounting however not solely. If OL have misplaced their 6 matches in opposition to the members of the High 6, it’s also as a result of the hole which separates Les Gones from this stage is actual. Laurent Blanc’s process is far more complicated than the rating suggests.

“White is just not the issue, nor the answer for OL”

Within the case, solely Paulo Fonseca’s LOSC, frankly enticing however generally terribly clumsy, is lacking from the occasion. But when the Mastiffs are in ambush, it’s also as a result of they’ve their very own identification and a transparent route. It’s partly because of them that the aim common continues to climb: it’s now shut to three objectives/match (2.96).

In brief, if the L1 is so unbridled, it’s also as a result of leaders have asserted themselves. Not just by the drive of the establishment, particularly by that of concepts and modernity. In 2022, to hope to catch the summits, it’s now the one doable route. And that is good.

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