Ligue 1 Season Preview 2018/2019

Ligue 1 Season Preview 2018/2019

If a good beginning makes a good end, this will be yet another successful season for PSG. Les Parisiens outclassed Monaco in the French Super Cup and they are now on a quest to defend their Ligue 1 title.

Paris Saint-Germain chiefs did remarkably well to keep hold of star players in the summer transfer window and, as a result, les Parisiens are considered No. 1 favourites to win the Ligue 1 trophy. Kylian Mbappe, the French rising star, impressed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals and the former Monaco man is widely expected to shine in the upcoming season. PSG have already won a trophy under new coach Thomas Tuchel as they hammered Monaco 4-0 in the French Super Cup. Seeing that Neymar and Edinson Cavani are still part of the Parc des Princes outfit, Thomas Tuchel’s men are likely to repeat the last season’s success.

Monaco, on the other hand, are determined to put an end to PSG’s dominance in the French top flight. Les Rouges et Blancs did well to sign the 2018 World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin, but regaining the domestic trophy is easier said than done. Monaco aim to secure yet another top 3 finish and given the quality of Leonardo Jardim’s team, they are definitely capable of meeting th goal. Radamel Falcao turned 32 in February, but the “Colombian Tiger” is still capable of making life difficult for opposition defenders.

Olympique Lyon did well to make it to the Champions League qualifiers in the last season finale and it remains to be seen if playing on four fronts is going to prove to be a big problem for les Gones. Lyon were scoring goals for fun in pre-season and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign. The likes of Memphis Depay, Nabil Fekir and Mariano Diaz are still part of the Groupama Stadium outfit and they are likely to play an important role in the French elite division for yet another term.

Despite producing fine performances in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign, Olympique Marseille eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League. OM aim to make it to the elite competition this time out, but it has to be noted that only Duje Caleta-Car (centre-back) and Jordan Amavi (left-back) joined the club in the summer transfer window. Dimitri Payet was linked with a move to West Ham United, but the former Premier League ace is likely to stay at Stade Velodrome.

Reims and Nimes return to the French elite division and, no doubt, their main goal is to secure the Ligue 1 survival. Saint-Etienne want to continue where they left in the second half of the 2017/2018 season, whilst Bordeaux will be without Brazilian star Malcolm, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer.

Yet another entertaining Ligue 1 campaign is on the horizon and, one thing is for sure, the likes of Monaco, Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille will give 100% in order to prevent PSG from defending their trophy.

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