The UEFA Champions League and other European competitions’ group stage have ended this week as the draw to determine the Round of 16 matchups on Monday.
Ligue 1 took a hit in the Champions League as the third-place side from last season, AS Monaco, failed to qualify for the group stage then Olympique de Marseille finished last in Group D.
Meanwhile, PSG finished in second place with 14 points in Group H due to Benfica winning on the sixth tiebreaker. As a result, Premier League pundits like Gabriel Agbonlahor are taking shots at French football for how these three clubs performed in Europe’s top competition.
“What I mean by farmers league is that all the best players in that league leave,” Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT. “Unless they’re getting the big bucks at PSG. They’re leaving to other European leagues, a lot of them.
“So it’s a farmer’s league. Still, I stand by them. Comments. You know Marseille bottom of their group in the Champions League. Not playing Europa League this season either. PSG, on goal difference, finish second. But they don’t dominate Europe, you know?”
Agbonlahor does ignore that Ligue 1 clubs in the UEFA Europa League did qualify for the knockout stage, as Monaco, FC Nantes, and Stade Rennais finished second in their group.
Watch the clip below:
🔥 “What I mean by France being a Farmers League is that all the best players leave!”
👀 “I stand by my comments! Marseille bottom of their group & #PSG finished 2nd.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 4, 2022