To Hardly time to regain his senses after the anthology final offered by Argentina and France in the final of the World Cup, and the disappearance of Pelé. Football has regained its rights and promises a rich new season, whatever the competition or the championship.
Here are the ten predictions of the Point for football in 2023.
Finally a good year for PSG in the Champions League?
After a decade of hopes followed by failures, the Qatari version of Paris Saint-Germain has still not managed to win the cup with big ears. Opposed to Bayern Munich in the round of 16, Christophe Galtier’s men will face a big obstacle next February. But with their genius individualities, starting with a Kylian Mbappé in a state of grace, a Messi finally world champion or even a vengeful Neymar, the capital club has good individual arguments.
Editor’s prediction: nope. This PSG Galtier version did not fully convince in the group stage. Other teams like Manchester City seem better equipped, especially collectively.
Will RC Lens find the big European parties?
What was initially a surprise is becoming a confirmation. Returning to Ligue 1 in 2020 after much turbulence, Racing Club de Lens has finally found its stride. With the attractive play proposed by their coach, Franck Haise, the Northerners are solidly second for the moment, after inflicting the first defeat of the year on PSG.
READ ALSOLigue 1: PSG concedes its first defeat of the season in LensIf OM come back well behind, the other pursuers like Monaco, Rennes or OL are quite irregular. This bodes well for Seko Fofana and his family, who hope to return to the European Cup 16 years after the last appearance of the Sang et Or on the continental scene.
Editor’s prediction: Yes. RC Lens continues to progress and show that you can have very good ideas without spending a fortune during the transfer window. The Champions League will be back in Bollaert!
Will Arsenal be Premier League champions?
The hit of the summer ended up becoming the hit of the year. After several years of wanderings, the Gunners have once again become a scary team and above all one that plays extremely well. Led by Mikel Arteta, former assistant to Pep Guardiola, the Londoners are solid leaders in the Premier League. If their lead is not insurmountable, especially for Manchester City, their consistency and their good results in the clashes of the championship are undeniable assets.
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Editor’s prediction: Yes. Even if Manchester City have the formidable Erling Haaland, the Citizens will tire with the Champions League. And Arsenal does not give up!
Will Naples continue its mad ascent?
With thirteen wins and two draws in Serie A, the Neapolitans have been irresistible since the start of the season. Luciano Spaletti’s team confirmed their good European position by finishing top of their Champions League group, ahead of favorites Liverpool and Ajax. Carried by the Georgian revelation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen, the former Losc striker, the Partenopei want to break the curse that has lasted since 1990 in Serie A.
Editor’s prediction: Yes. Naples will win the Serie A title and have a good run in the Champions League, with a place in the last four.
Will the Greens avoid another relegation?
After an already nightmarish 2021-2022 season in Ligue 1, AS Saint-Étienne is going through very complicated hours on the lower floor. With only 3 wins in 17 days and a last place in the standings, the Forez club is not acclimating to Ligue 2. The threat of a prolonged descent into hell is there, and as the leaders still do not succeed in sell, the future is always more uncertain.
Editor’s prediction: Yes. The Greens began to recruit good elements like Gaëtan Charbonnier to save themselves.
Haaland or Mbappé: who will score the most goals?
After Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, this is the new duel that ignites the football planet. If in terms of achievements Kylian Mbappé is ahead of the Norwegian with his titles, including the 2018 World Cup, the Manchester City striker set the bar very high on his Premier League debut. Even if Lionel Messi’s historic record with 92 goals in 2012 seems unattainable, the two prodigies have the ability to get closer.
Editor’s prediction: Haaland. The Norwegian lives up to his cyborg nickname and the adversity of the Premier League does not scare him.
Zinedine Zidane will he find a job?
The coach with many successes with Real Madrid has still not found a bench since May 2021. Pending a new challenge, the 98 world champion covets the Blues, but Didier Deschamps clings firmly to his armchair. As for the clubs, Zidane was strongly approached by PSG without it materializing last summer. The options are shrinking over time for the old number 10.
Prognosis : nope. Zinédine Zidane is very selective and will still have to wait before finding a job.
Ballon d’Or: who will win?
From now on, the supreme individual reward designates the best player at the end of the season. Following the World Cup he recently won, Lionel Messi starts with a head start, but his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé made an impression in Qatar. His hat-trick in the final, including the splendid second goal, made him even more admired. With the Champions League in sight, the mano a mano promises to be exciting until the end.
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Editor’s prediction: Mbappe. If Messi already has solid arguments for his eighth Ballon d’Or, the young French striker has moved into another dimension with the recent World Cup.
Who will be the surprise of the Blues in 2023?
With its inexhaustible pool, the French team can count on a multitude of talents. Despite the failure in the final of the last World Cup, the future looks bright for the Blues and Didier Deschamps, who should soon extend his term at the head of this selection. With the Euro 2024 qualifiers, France will have the opportunity to test new faces, and some will have great opportunities to seize.
Editor’s prediction: Mathys Tel. The very young Bayern Munich striker has already been talked about and the Blues will need a substitute for Olivier Giroud.
What will be the biggest transfer of the year?
The world of football still does not know the crisis and the sums announced for the next transfer markets go in this direction. Chelsea would notably be ready to pay 120 million euros for Enzo Fernandez, the amount of the release clause of the midfielder who won the World Cup with Argentina. But we could see much crazier deals, especially next summer.
Editor’s prediction: Jude Bellingham. England tears the middle of Dortmund and the bidding will ignite well.