The surprise was confirmed in France, where Lille broke the hegemony of Paris Saint-Germain, winner in seven of the last eight championships, to lift their fifth Ligue 1 (previously they had won in 1933, 1946, 1954 and 2011). He had to overcome on the last day in Angers (1-2) to claim victory because the team from the capital also beat Brest (0-2). Monaco, third, will play the Champions League preview. Lyon and Marseille will be in the Europa League and Rennes will play the Conference League. Nimes and Dijon were relegated and Nantes will have to win a tie against Toulouse, third in Second, to not lose the category.
The triumph of Lille is that of the coach Christophe Galtier, who at 54 had only managed Saint-Ettiene before, and especially that of Luis Campos, a sports director who had signed an anonymous career as a coach in Portuguese football until he Nine years ago Jose Mourinho recruited him to his team at Real Madrid as a scout and analyst. Campos was only one year in Madrid before leaving for Monaco, where he served as a man orchestra and formed a champion team thanks to an ability to find talent where others do not see it and obtain capital gains for footballers. Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Martial, Carrasco and Kondogbia are cases that exemplify this.
Campos went to Lille in 2017 and now replicates the success. Buy low and sell high. Nicolas Pépé cost him 10 million euros and sold it for 80, of which he invested half in Victor Osimhen and the eternal Portuguese promise Renato Sanches. The first, a Nigerian striker, he transferred to Naples for 70 million in the middle of the pandemic and for defender Gabriel he obtained 26 million from Arsenal, an amount that he used to sign Jonathan David, a Canadian striker who played for Gent.
David scored 13 goals this season. In Angers he scored the first at the start of the game and cleared any hint of nervousness. Shortly before the break, he forced the penalty that was worth the second goal and transformed Burak Yilmaz, another success story of Campos, a Turkish striker who played in all the greats of his country and went through Chinese football, where a lucrative retirement was sensed. But he returned to Turkey until Lille recruited him when he was just 35 years old. He has been the top scorer with 16 goals in 28 games.
With four times less budget than Paris Saint-Germain, Campos has created a Lille less talented than that of Monaco, but stony. He has only conceded 23 goals in 38 games, 21 of which ended with a clean sheet. In Angers they marked him in the last play of the game, with the party already underway. Under sticks Maignan stands out, on the radar of the greats of Europe, and before him plays José Fonte, captain and defensive leader of the team. The PSG of Mbappé and Neymar could not mark them, also defeated in the Parc des Princes in a decisive duel seven days ago.
The solidity of Lille contrasted with the irregularity of PSG, defeated up to five times at home. In addition to the champions, Marseille, Lyon, Monaco and Nantes won on Parisian ground and helped the league to give birth to an unexpected champion.