Four days before the end of the Ligue 1 championship, Lille, PSG and Monaco still seem to be in the title race.
Of the four contenders for the Ligue 1 title, only one may have seen his chances fly away on this 34th day. Lyon indeed conceded a cruel defeat against Lille (2-3) while the other three teams won. We take stock of the challenges and lessons in the title race just four days from the end of the championship.
LOSC clearly had the best operation of the weekend. Yet traveling to another contender, Lyon, Christophe Galtier’s players pocketed the victory while they were quickly led 2-0. At the accounting and psychological level, this success can change everything for Northerners. The three points allow him to keep first place with a head start over PSG and two over Monaco. In addition, Lille relegated OL to six points. With four victories in the last four matches, Lille will be champion.
The end of season schedule is largely affordable for LOSC. They host Nice next weekend before a derby which will be very expensive in Lens. But on the move, Lille has no equal in Ligue 1. Only one defeat this season outside its bases, November 8, 2020 in Brest (3-2). Finally, the reception of Saint-Etienne will follow and a final trip to Angers. Ten years after its last title, Lille is not very far.
PSG provided the essentials by winning in Metz (3-1) thanks to a great Kylian Mbappé. Paris had thus provisionally resumed the head of Ligue 1 before Lille overthrows Lyon on Sunday evening. At one point in the LOSC, Paris Saint-Germain will seek to take advantage of every Lille misstep.
Like his most serious opponent for the title, Mauricio Pochettino’s players are approaching a schedule that is well within their reach. Their next two matches will pit them against two teams in the race for European places: reception from Lens then travel to Rennes. Against Reims and Brest, PSG should finish more easily but in any case does not have its destiny between its feet. We will also have to manage the Champions League with a semi-final first leg against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Far from being flamboyant in Angers, Monaco still had a fifth consecutive victory (1-0). The dynamic is clearly on its side with a single defeat in 2021 and 44 points taken, already, over the calendar year, better than any other team. The Monegasques are third with two points behind the Lille leader.
But the calendar is arguably the most complicated of the four contenders for the title. From Sunday, May 2, ASM will host Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade Louis-II then move to Reims before facing two teams who will play the role of referee for the end of the season. Monaco will host Rennes before a last match in Lens. These two clubs are vying for a place in the European Cup but also face other contenders: Paris and Lille for Lens, PSG also for Rennes.