Ligue 1 2022-23 preview: Six teams who could challenge Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar and PSG

As Europe’s top football leagues kick off this week, Ligue 1 is in action this Friday with defending champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. Les Parisiens has been given a new look with Luis Campos now creating the sports plan and Christophe Gaultier leading it and Renato Sanchez, And alone, Hugo Eketake And Noordi Mokili Refreshing the squad. Kylian Mbappe announced his contract extension at the end of last season and the French superstar will be joined by a new youngster. Neymar And Lionel Messi Attack with all three bullets for maximum glory on all fronts. PSG They are expected to lift another championship crown, but they will need to improve on last season’s UEFA Champions League and Copa D. France Disappointments

The big question is whether anyone in France can realistically hope to challenge PSG and we first look at the most credible candidates. Here’s a look at the best of the rest in Ligue 1 and what will have to go right for them to shock France and win the title.

1. Stade Reynas

Bruno The men from Geneseo are favorites to give PSG a run just based on their summer business. Knife Agard Weak Rance‘ Early XI and Arthur Thiet its alternative. Steve Mendanda. While the goalkeeper will fix the difficult position. Joe Rodin There is an interesting alternative option in central defence. Despite missing out on a top young talent, the best part of the business was earning the interest of Bayern Munich. Mathis Tale As it reduces the temptation to break away from last season’s stars. Martin Terrier Or Lovro Majer. Jonas Martin, James Lee Silky And Jeremy Gillen The place has been vacated on wages. Bill Which can also enable the underrated. Benjamin Bourrejaud And Ten trovers This campaign will be carried forward in Roazone Park. Consistency will be key for Les Rouges et Noirs as they try to make the UEFA Europa League meaningful as well.

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2. AS Monaco

Les Monegasques, based in the same region as Rennes, opened their season with a home draw against PSV Eindhoven in the third round of Champions League qualification, who travel to next week. The Netherlands of vital importance. Falling out of the Champions League will almost certainly cost the Principality outfit last campaign and an early exit could weaken Philippe Clement as much as he has already seen. Orlean Chomeini. Leaving for Real Madrid. Thankfully this is the only major departure with ASM. Takumi Manamano And Braille Plunger Two newcomers of note Milling entrance And possibly Bobkri Somre. Also on the way to Stade Louis II this month. Aguerd, while important, was less of a key part for Monaco than Tchouameni was for Rennes, so that gives Breton the edge as they look to establish themselves as the best of the rest behind PSG.

3. Olympic Lyonnais

This season promises to be an exciting one at the Groupama Stadium after president Jean-Michel Olles strengthened the club’s financial position by injecting American funds through John Textor. Peter Bose was retained as head coach. OL has seen. Alexandre Lacazette And Corinton Tolisso Meanwhile, back to the club Johann Lepinant and Nicolas Tagliafico are interesting additions at the expense of contrasting pairs. Jason Denier And Leo Dubose. Any European action won’t hurt Les Gonzalez, but it could equally ensure they are in the best position to finish second behind PSG and beat their rivals. Should be within the capabilities of the squad.

Then there are the outsiders.

4. OGC good

Les Aiglons are one of the teams that many will be keeping a close eye on this season given the talent in their ranks. Losing Gaultier to PSG was a loss, but Lucien Favre enjoyed relative success in his first spell as boss at the Allianz Riviera and now has where he left off. signing this summer Kasper Schmeichel And Aaron Ramsey While adding significant experience and quality to the ranks Alexis Scholarship Scholarship, Rare Eli. And Mattia Viti injected some youth without major game losses outside of regular goalkeeper Walter Benitez departing for PSV. If Fiore can get the likes of Khafreen Thoram, To Amin Go And Andy Delort For Clicks, this could be a great year for Nice.

5. Olympique de Marseille

Second last season, but nowhere near the race at the moment, has been turbulent at the Stade velodrome this summer. There are already problems with Jorge Sampaoli’s replacement. Igor Tudor While William Saliba And Bobkar Chamber Leave a big hole in the middle of the pitch. Luis Suarez, Jonathan ClausIsaac Torr, Chancel Mbemba And Nuno Tavares With interesting additions Jordan Verritt out He is also believed to be on the way, but this is all very worrying for OM fans who are already quite disappointed with how this term will play out.

6. Lily OSC

After lifting the trophy two seasons ago, Les Dogs’ title defense was abysmal, but they now have an interesting managerial set-up with Paulo Fonseca on the verge of a coup. Mohamed Bayou, Remy Kabila, Jonas Martin and Akeem Zidadka have been smart so far Ludwig Blass Also on the radar. to lose Sven BoatmanRenato Sanches, Zeke Cilic, Barak Yilmaz And check There will be losses, but eventually these measures should enable LOSC to stabilize financially and rebuild on the pitch. Getting ourselves back into Europe will be the immediate aim, but there is no doubt the squad has the quality to qualify for the Champions League – especially if Canadian Jonathan David’s stay ends.