podium, relegation, announced failure… the editorial predictions

Who will be on the Ligue 1 podium? What will be the good surprise? Will Mbappé finish top scorer? Figaro’s sports department shares its predictions for the 2022-23 season.

The podium: Lyon and Monaco behind PSG

Not one of our journalists sees a club other than Paris Saint-Germain winning the title. The capital club, which sent a message during the Champions Trophy against Nantes (4-0), seems untouchable. Behind, Olympique Lyonnais is almost unanimous. Peter Bosz stayed. The returns of Tolisso and Lacazette should be enough to dominate Ligue 1, especially in a season without a European Cup.

To complete the podium, we give Monaco a slight edge ahead of Rennes, respectively 3rd and 4th last season. A small voice has been raised for OGC Nice, their ambitious recruitment and the return of coach Lucien Favre. Finally, one of our journalists, a follower of Italian football, was won over by Igor Tudor’s move to the Hellas Verona bench. Despite a difficult start to the adventure, the OM coach has time to wait to raise the bar.

SEE ALSO – The goals and summary of PSG-Nantes in the Champions Trophy on July 31 (4-0)

Relegation: Ajaccio and Clermont doomed?

Not two, not three, but four clubs will be relegated to Ligue 2. Like champions PSG, all our reporters see AC Ajaccio making the jump. The heart club has the smallest budget in Ligue 1. Clermont seems to us to be on the way to support them, without their striker Mohamed Bayo, on loan from Lille. With them, we hesitated between Lorient, Troyes and Angers. The first two have, unfortunately for them, our favors. Distrust in the case of the Auxerre promotion. One of our reporters even sees FC Nantes, a surprising 9th last season, falling back to the front of L1.

Top scorer: Mbappé, of course

There is no doubt: Kylian Mbappé will, for the 5th consecutive season, be the top scorer in Ligue 1. No member of our editorial team sees Wissam Ben Yedder (25 goals in 2021-22 for Monaco) if only for to tickle this Mbappé’s main competition may be in his team. One of our reporters points out that if Lionel Messi stops finding the places, and takes all PSG’s penalties, maybe…

The surprise: an eye on Auxerre and Strasbourg

Ten years later, AJ Auxerre is back in Ligue 1. And two of our journalists want to believe in a comfortable grip, even a place in the middle of the table. It’s hard not to light up with the AJA of Jean-Marc Furlan, apostle of offensive football, that his team plays promotion to L2 or maintenance in L1. We’re just as eager to spy Strasbourg, 6th last season. European this year? believable Our discussions led us to talk about easy L2 champions Toulouse, but also some debutants such as Belgian striker Loïs Openda (Lens), attack Takumi Minamino (Monaco) and defensive midfielder Alexis Beka Beka (Nice ).

The failure: Marseille, it smells like a crisis

In three months, Olympique de Marseille went from day to night. Jorge Sampaoli resigned, Igor Tudor replaced him and the players do not adhere to his methods, which contrast with those of the Argentine. These internal turbulences fall badly while OM will find the Champions and, surely, will leave feathers there. Far from the Old Port, one of our editors doubts about the nostalgia of Lyon. Will the returns of Lacazette and Tolisso, who delight the fans, translate on the pitch? Finally, one of our journalists wants to be pessimistic about FC Nantes, winners of the French Cup and qualified for the Europa League. Watch out for hangovers in the Canary Islands.

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