Lille Trace Unlikely Path Towards French Title
Muhammad Rameez 8 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 08:41 PM
Paris Saint-Germain have claimed statement wins in Barcelona and Munich in the Champions League while leaving the door unlocked at home, giving Lille the chance of a first Ligue 1 title in a decade
Paris, April 8 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Paris Saint-Germain have claimed statement wins in Barcelona and Munich in the Champions League while leaving the door unlocked at home, giving Lille the chance of a first Ligue 1 title in a decade.
Lille stunned PSG in the capital last weekend, winning 1-0 to go three points clear of the reigning champions with seven matches remaining.
PSG have lost eight times this season, while Monaco and Lyon are also within five points of Lille. It is an unpredictable title race, and the fact only the the top three qualify for next season's Champions League adds spice.
Three starters against PSG -- goalkeeper Mike Maignan, Boubakary Soumare and Jonathan Ikone -- all left Paris for Lille in search of first-team football. Another ex-PSG youngster, Timothy Weah, did likewise and came off the bench for Lille in that game.
"This season, more than the last two, we have been very strong collectively despite having a bit less individual talent than the other three teams fighting for the title. Without that we wouldn't be able to compete," Galtier, in charge since late 2017, told AFP.
Galtier feels this season has been his "biggest challenge".
"We need to keep going and give ourselves the best possible chance while understanding we might not end up being champions and we might not even qualify for the Champions League. The key is to have no regrets," he said.
"I am really happy here, but I don't think I will stay for seven or eight years like I did at Saint-Etienne." Could he return to England? "Four or five years ago I wanted to go abroad, less so now. If I did, I have always said the English league would be the dream. Their league has become the best in the world. There is so much passion!" Player to watch: Kevin Volland Volland has been a revelation for Monaco since signing from Bayer Leverkusen, and you have to wonder why Joachim Loew continues to leave him in the wilderness from the Germany team.
Key stats 10 - Lille are unbeaten in their last 10 away Ligue 1 games.
3 - PSG have lost their last three league games immediately following a Champions League fixture 11 - Bottom side Dijon have lost their last 11 Ligue 1 games. One more will see them equal the French top-flight record of 12 in a row set by CA Paris in 1933/34.
Fixtures (Kick-offs GMT) Friday Metz v Lille (1900) Saturday Strasbourg v Paris Saint-Germain (1500), Montpellier v Marseille (1900) SundayRennes v Nantes (1100), Brest v Nimes, Lens v Lorient, Nice v Reims, Saint-Etienne v Bordeaux (all 1300), Monaco v Dijon (1505), Lyon v Angers (1900)