We’re only three days away from the start of the French Ligue 1 season where Paris St. Germain looks to repeat their top of the table form. Last year PSG finished with 83 points and easily won the league (their first league title since 1994) by 12 points over Marseille. Followed by Lyon who gained Champions League qualification and Nice who will enter the Europa League aka the “uncool” kids lunch table.
PSG the league’s most flashy and wealthy team also signed one of the biggest players in all of soccer this off season. Edinson Cavani, a Uruguayan striker, who has dominated the Serie A the past few seasons and now will pair with another of the world’s best strikers, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Yet another name to put in the marquee lights at Parc de Princes.
Ibra lead Ligue 1 in scoring last year with an impressive 30 goals, helping PSG have a +46 goal differential. Cavani scored 29 of his own for Napoli in the Italian league. PSG will have the most lethal scoring two-some in the league if not the world. While they gained a striker they lost a manager, Carlo Ancelotti decided to take the Real Madrid job once Jose Mourinho left for Chelsea. So PSG signed Laurent Blanc, the former Bordeaux and French national team manager. I’m interested to see how Blanc will utilize electric winger Ezequiel Lavezzi who had an underwhelming season in my opinion.
But enough about PSG, there is a new kid on the block and their name is AS Monaco. You want to talk about wealthy, Monaco must be just printing their own money because they are spending it just as fast, about $150M in total this summer. Monaco was promoted to Ligue 1 this season and didn’t waste any time filling out their roster with house-hold names. They purchased world class striker Radamel Falcao for around $60M from Atletico Madrid, Portuguese midfielder Jose Moutinho, and veteran defenders Carvalho and Abidal from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively.
I think this league is PSG’s to lose. They are the most talented team in all areas of the game and I don’t know if Monaco will be able to turn it on right away but they should definitely compete. The rest of the table I see shaping out similar to last year as I don’t see anyone really making a big push or decline. I like Marseille as they have experience and a well rounded quad, I think Lyon has a young talented bunch but I also think Nice could grab the final spot even though part of my wants to pick Saint-Etienne for some reason as well.
PS – My team Evian avoided relegation for the 2nd straight year, I expect a better performance from them this season as they were dangerously close to relegation.
Season Starts: August 9th, 2013
- Paris St. Germain
- AC Ajaccio
- Radamel Falcao – Monaco (Last Season: Zlatan Ibrahimovic 30)
- Ezequiel Lavezzi – PSG (Last Season: Mathieu Valbuena 12)