Mentions, warnings… the Ligue 1 class council mid-championship

Mentions, warnings… the Ligue 1 class council mid-championship

With the defeat of PSG in Rennes (1-0) on Sunday evening at Roazhon Park, the end of the first leg matches in Ligue 1 came to an end. Before starting the second part of the championship, RMC Sport distributed the good and the bad points at the time of the first assessment of the season.


If the class council had taken place before the World Cup, PSG, undefeated leader in 15 games and led by an often irresistible Mbappé-Neymar-Messi trio, would have obtained the most beautiful mentions. But Paris has already fallen twice in 2023, including once against lens. In view of the workforce and the ambitions displayed at the start of the season, only the Sang&or therefore deserve our congratulations. Seductive dolphin and best defense in the championship (13 goals conceded), the RCL has one less defeat than PSG and is increasingly asserting itself as an astonishing candidate for the Champions League or even for the title. To make matters worse, while the atmosphere is sometimes nauseating in some elite stadiums, the atmosphere at the Bollaert stadium remains fantastic and the Lensois public exemplary, like their ovation for Kylian Mbappé, back after the World Cup in Qatar.


Penalized by its start to the year 2023 (two defeats in four games), the PSG version Christophe Galtier had however started the season on an impressive basis. The Parisian team was unplayable and undefeated for a long time, guided by the top scorer in L1 (Mbappé 13 goals) and the two best passers (Neymar and Messi, 10 assists). We also found the Brazilian and the Argentinian at a level worthy of their status.

Another great satisfaction of this first part of the championship, theOlympic Marseille. Arrived hastily after the unexpected departure of Jorge Sampaoli, the very demanding Igor Tudor began his adventure at OM with some friction with certain players. Six months later, we have already almost forgotten the tensions. OM are in 3rd place in Ligue 1, five points behind PSG and are advancing with the mistral at their back (seven wins in a row, current series). Second best away team, the Olympian formation can dream of a new qualification in the Champions League.


Who would have bet a penny on Lorient at the gates of the Top 5 at the start of the season? After finishing the previous year in 16th place, the Hakes trained by Régis Le Bris are 7th in L1. They have almost ensured their maintenance, while developing an attractive football. A very surprising course for Clermont. At the edge of the L2 in May (17th), the Auvergne club which has a budget ten times smaller than that of OL, points to an unexpected 8th place, with three points ahead of Les Gones…


The dunce cap is Angers. Weighed down by a terrible series of 11 defeats in a row (current series), the SCO is going straight with Ligue 2. The Anjou club is one of the teams with the worst mid-championship record (8 points). From Metz and Grenoble (7 units in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010) to AC Ajaccio in 2013-2014 (9 points) via Arles-Avignon and Troyes (8 points in 2010-2011 and 2015-16), none managed to stay in Ligue 1 after the 38th day…

In the radius of the big disappointments, if theOlympique Lyonnais is not (yet?) concerned by the fight for maintenance, the club bought by John Textor is extremely disappointing. The return of the former executives (Lacazette, Tolisso) and the taking over of Laurent Blanc in place of Peter Bosz did not transform a soulless and lacking panache Lyon team, only 9th in the standings, 12 points from the podium.


It is for gamers to Reims. With eight red cards and 43 yellow cards, the Reims team (11th in L1) is the one that has been punished the most ahead of Montpellier. The MHSC, precisely, where nothing is going right. In the midst of a struggle in the league (15th), the Héraultais cannot count on the support of their supporters to raise the level. At the origin of the interruption of the match against Nantes on Sunday (0-3), the Ultras, angry with their team, brandished homophobic banners denounced on Monday by the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra.