League 1 | Behind Paris Saint-Germain, the crazy pace of Lens, Marseille, Monaco and Rennes

 League 1 |  Behind Paris Saint-Germain, the crazy pace of Lens, Marseille, Monaco and Rennes

Paris in its average QSI

The defeat in Rennes has weighed down the accounts a bit. And greyed out a balance sheet which, from a global point of view, is far from being bad. With 47 points in 19 days, the passage time of Paris Saint-Germain is even rather part of the high average of its QSI era. In the eleven previous seasons, the capital club only did better on four occasions:
  • In 2015/2016, with Laurent Blanc (51 points)
  • In 2017/2018, with Unai Emery (50 pts)
  • During Thomas Tuchel’s first two exercises, in 2018/2019 (53 pts) and 2019/2020 (48 pts).

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On the scale of the entire Ligue 1, reaching such a threshold remains a great performance since before the arrival of the Qatari owner, only Lyon had been able to reach a better total after 19 days since victory is worth three points. It was in 2006/2007 (50 pts).

Lens, dolphin at the head of champion

Simply unheard of. With 44 units on the clock, Lens achieved the best first half of the season in its history. It is even the best mid-race record for a dolphin since the victory is worth three points. Before Racing, Monaco had raised the record to 42 pawns in 2016/2017 and that year, the Rocher club had finished champion…

Even taking into account all the exercises played before 1994-1995, by awarding three points for a victory, no team had done better than that of Franck Haise. In 1959/1960, Reims would also have had 42 units. Moreover, with such a total, Lens would have been the championship leader at mid-season in 19 of the last 28 seasons. Outstanding.

Marseille, exceptional third

Igor Tudor will probably never surpass Marcelo Bielsa in the hearts of the Marseillais. But he has already outstripped him. After the victory of his team against Lorient this weekend, the Croatian technician brought down the mark established by El Loco in 2014/2015, by amassing a point more than him (42 against 41). This is a record for OM in the 21st century since before that, it was necessary to go back to the 1998/1999 season to find traces of a better performance.

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That year, the team led by Roland Courbis had increased the counter to 44 units but ended up losing the championship to Bordeaux on the last day. Never had a third completed the first leg with such a good record. With 42 points, OM would have been league leaders in 16 of the last 28 exercises.

Monaco and Rennes, pursuers at a crazy pace

What makes this 2022/2023 vintage so special is also the pace of the pursuers. Because even if the leading trio are advancing at a very high pace, the pursuers Monaco (4th) and Rennes (5th) have not been won. Only twice since the 1994/1995 season has a 4th in Ligue 1 scored more points after 19 matches. It was when the championship could count on a very competitive quartet:

  • Lyon in 2016/2017 (37 pts);
  • Marseille in 2016/2017 (38 pts).

On the other hand, never a 5th in the championship had obtained such a good record.

These extremely rare performances of the locomotives of Ligue 1 inevitably result in the stall of the last car, with five teams having more than ten defeats (Montpellier, Brest, Ajaccio, Auxerre, Angers). And a red lantern, the SCO, which has one of the worst records in the 21st century.

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