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Title race: an unbreathable final and more seen for 19 years


The 38th and final day of Ligue 1 will deliver the verdict in the title race next Sunday. The suspense is at its peak.

If the Covid-19 has weighed down the atmosphere in the stadiums and Mediapro the funds of French football this season, the actors of Ligue 1, they did the job on the ground to offer spectacle and suspense, until end.

Like the title race between Lille (1st, +40), PSG (2nd, +56) and even Monaco (3rd, +34), which returned on Sunday just three points behind the northern leader thanks to its victory against Rennes (2-1).

If it will take a hell of a game of circumstance for the club of the Rock to win the bet on the wire *, the PSG can always believe it after having taken again two units in Maignan and its partners, hooked by Saint-Etienne (0-0) .


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"There was a lot of nervousness, we were surely taken by the stake"

Christophe galtier

“We had a very bad start, especially the first 20-25 minutes, we went completely out of our game plan, there were a lot of technical errors, our block was stretched. There was a lot of nervousness, we were surely caught up in the stakes, ”acknowledged Christophe Galtier. The Mastiffs, however, remain masters of their own destiny. A victory in Angers, which has nothing more to play, next Sunday (9 p.m.) and they will be champions. A draw will also suffice if Paris does not win in Brest which will play its maintenance. In short, Lille will have to do at least as well as the Parisians (a victory, a draw or a defeat on both sides would crown Lille). In the event of Lille defeat and a draw for PSG, the latter has the advantage of a very favorable goal-average: + 56 against + 40.


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"Everything can happen"

Mauricio Pochettino

With his mind already turned to Saint-Denis and the Coupe de France final on Wednesday against Monaco (9.15 p.m.), Mauricio Pochettino clings to a glimmer of hope. “In football, believing is the most important thing. Everything can happen. We will hope that Lille does not win in Angers. We will also have to do our work in Brest. Today we are focused on Monaco. The reality is that Lille has one more point, I don't believe in the psychological advantage (of PSG over Lille). We have experienced players, but Lille too, who know how to play under pressure. This will depend on the performance of each, ”said the Argentine coach after the Parisian ride against Metz (4-0). To find any trace of such a small gap between the top two in the standings before the last day, we have to go back to the 2001-2002 season.At the time, Olympique Lyonnais had capped Lens on the wire by beating the Sang et Or in Gerland (3-1), the luck of the calendar having reserved a final between the two clubs on the 38th day.

* Lille loses in Angers, PSG loses in Brest and Monaco wins in Lens by making up for their goal difference

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Source: lefigaro

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