Top favorites to win the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season
The French top flight has long been regarded as the lesser of Europe’s top-five leagues, in part due to the stunning monopoly of Paris Saint Germain.
The Parisiens have made the league title a basic achievement while they have frantically chased glory in the Champions League. However, they were dealt a serious reality check last term as Lille tasted glory in a hectic season for all concerned.
Lille’s stunning title win sent shockwaves across the league. Les Dogues now have the belief that they can dislodge PSG in France. Therefore, the title race is set to take on more significance in 2021/22 and using live trends and statistics for over 1,000 leagues and competitions, we have looked at the likely teams in the Ligue 1 title race this season.
Paris Saint Germain
The perennial French champions were knocked off their perch in a hectic season by Lille who clinched the title by a single point. The Ligue 1 title is seen as a minimum requirement at the Parc Des Princes and coupled with failure in the Champions League, it left a bad taste throughout the summer.
Hence, the Parisians have gone about recruiting some world class talent in the likes of Lionel Messi, Gini Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Gianluigi Donnarumma/. The fact Mauricio Pochettino would also be able to prepare his team for a full season is also beneficial to the squad as they set their sights on another assault at continental glory.
That laser focus is bad news for their domestic rivals, as PSG are overwhelmingly expected to maintain a stronger challenge on all fronts with quality players all over the squad. They will be keen to reassert their dominance in France this season.
Pochettino would also be desperate to lift his first domestic title as a manager having only won the French Cup since being appointed in January.
Les Gones are a consistent top three side in France but yet have been unable to break the hegemony of Paris Saint Germain in recent years. The manner of Lille’s smash-and-grab title win last season would have understandably drawn envious stares from the Groupama Stadium who possess some of the best players in France asides PSG’s.
However, Peter Bosz taking over this summer brings renewed optimism that Lyon can push PSG all the way with his tactical acumen, a talented squad and solid fan base.
OL are once again primed to lead the chasing pack for a title they haven’t won since 2008 but they know they must keep fighting despite losing star man Memphis Depay on a free. The predilection of PSG towards Champions League glory as well as the belief in themselves could prove the difference for Lyon this season. Lyon could yet lose even more of their stars, with Houssem Aouar also attracting strong interest from a host of European heavyweights. Losing more top names could significantly weaken them ahead of next term.
Les Monesgasques have endured a torrid few years with a managerial roulette which undoubtedly affected stability and continuity on the pitch. After consecutive finishes out of the top seven, however, Niko Kovač steered Monaco to a respectable third place finish and a return to the Champions League via the playoffs.
The talented youth and experience available at Stade Louis II could propel the sleeping giants back to the summit of the table. Needless to say, the experience of the ex-Bayern Munich boss could also prove an X-factor.
As a club, Monaco are known for recovering from adversity and delivering stunning campaigns. Ligue 1 would be wary of their resurgence.
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