We all know the joke about Ligue 1. Farmer’s League, right? Well, that couldn’t be further from the case this season.
As things stand now (after matchday 32), Paris Saint-Germain sits in second place in Ligue 1 with 66 points, just three behind league-leaders Lille OSC. In third place, is AS Monaco on 65 points, and don’t forget about Olympique Lyonnais in fourth with 64 points. Just five points separate first from fourth and with six matches left to play. It’s a tantalizing proposition for gamblers who use football betting sites like these.
PSG has won seven of the last eight Ligue 1 titles (three consecutive), so you can kind of forgive people for dismissing the title race without doing their homework. PSG’s domestic form has been head-scratching, to say the least. In fact, of the top four teams that I mentioned, PSG has the most losses with eight. Their home form especially has been poor with losses to Lille, FC Nantes, Monaco, and perhaps worst of all, an early-season home loss to rivals Olympique de Marseille.
So, what can PSG do to get back to the top of Ligue 1? Well, the first thing they can do is remain in the UEFA Champions League. They hold a slim advantage over FC Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, but if they can advance, this will keep the squad focused on finishing out the season as strong as possible.
We saw during the 2017-18 season under Unai Emery that after the club crashed out in the Round of 16 to Real Madrid, the wheels came off to close out the season with a loss to Stade Rennais and draws to Stade Malherbe Caen, Amiens SC, En Avant Guingamp, and AS Saint-Etienne. PSG still won the league, but it was far from inspiring.
The next thing PSG needs to win Ligue 1 is health. From players testing positive for COVID-19 to muscle issues, the entire squad hasn’t been available to former manager Thomas Tuchel or new manager Mauricio Pochettino all season. Ligue 1 teams are no longer afraid of PSG, which means whether they’re home or away, they take on the French giants and attempt to score goals instead of sitting 10 men behind the ball.
Finally, PSG will need some luck to win Ligue 1. If Lille takes care of business, there is nothing PSG can do and they’ll finish in second place (or worst if they drop points themselves!). The best opportunity for this to happen is on April 25, when Lille goes on the road to play Lyon.
There you have it. If PSG remains in the Champions League, avoid major injuries, and get a bit of luck, I’m confident they can come from behind and win Ligue 1.
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