Five days from the end of the season, Ligue 1 has still not delivered its verdict.
Five days are missing to give the final whistle of the championship. Days that promise to be exciting in all parts of the picture. Title contenders, race for Europe and fight for maintenance, the stakes of this home stretch.
Gone are the days when Paris Saint-Germain won the championship by more than ten points and was mathematically crowned champion several days before the end of the season. This year, Ligue 1 keeps its suspense until the end. Lille, Paris, Monaco and Lyon are all in a position to win the title and each is waiting for the other’s faux pas.
LOSC will not have the right to make mistakes if it wants to win the title ten years after its third and last coronation. Christophe Galtier’s men have their destiny between their feet and will have to win in the next five meetings if they want to turn the dream into reality. A task that is not easy since over the last five matches, only two will be played at home against Nice and Saint-Étienne. The Dogues will go to two members of the top 5, to the neighbor Lensois (5th) for a derby and especially to Lyon (4th) on Sunday for a duel which can prove decisive, the Lyonnais being only three points from the leader.
For its part, Paris Saint-Germain will also have to make it clear and hope that this is not the case with its rival Lille. An operation that should not be too complicated for Kylian Mbappé’s teammates since they will face opponents who are a priori affordable, without any direct competitor. Currently with a small point behind, if Mauricio Pochettino’s players managed to come back to Lille, they would also have a “bonus point” since they have a considerable lead on goal difference over Lille (+ 49 against +34).
The fittest team in the top quartet (41 pts out of 48 possible in the last 16 matches), Monaco does not intend to stop so close to the goal. ASM is only two points behind Lille and is already guaranteed to finish in the top four at the end of the season. Niko Kovac’s men are hoping for a favorable combination of circumstances to take control of Ligue 1 but the pressure they are putting on their opponents could help them. The Monegasques must already leave without a false note of the trip to Angers before considering the reception of Olympique Lyonnais on May 2. These two matches will decide the end of the ASM season.
Worrying in the game in recent weeks, Olympique Lyonnais is nonetheless a candidate for the podium and the title. Fourth with three small points behind the LOSC, Rudi Garcia’s players can still keep hope despite a schedule that does not look very favorable. To start this final straight, Les Gones will have to deal with two direct competitors, starting with Lille this weekend and Monaco next week. If they emerge victorious from these two shocks, Memphis Depay and his teammates will then be able to see a glimmer of hope in the conquest of an eighth coronation. If this is not the case, they will have to be content with hoping for the Champions League at best …