Heading for Ligue 1 version 2022/2023! In just over a week, the new Ligue 1 Uber Eats season will open. While all Ligue 1 clubs are still busy on the transfer market, most teams already have a structure close to that used throughout this season. Zoom on the novelties, the ambitions for the title, the race for Europe, the maintenance as well as the different players who absolutely must not be missed this season. Finally, focus on the calendar for this Ligue 1 season and the opinion of the We Sport editorial staff on the various forces present at the dawn of the resumption of the French championship.
What’s new for Ligue 1 2022/23?
At a turning point in its history, the 2022/2023 Ligue 1 Uber Eats season will be the last contested with 20 clubs. Indeed, the French championship will only have 18 teams from next season. For this, the Professional Football League has decided on a season with four direct relegations to the second division as well as two promotions of Ligue 2 clubs to Ligue 1 to obtain the 18 clubs for next season.
This decision and very far from being without consequence for the exercise which will open. Some teams will make retention an absolute goal this season and more so than in previous years given the four direct runs that will take place this year. Thus, most promoted such as Ajaccio, Auxerre and to a lesser extent Toulouse as well as clubs such as Lorient, Clermont or even Brest will have relegation in the back of their minds, perhaps in an even more intense way than during the previous seasons.
Does Paris Saint-Germain have real opponents for the title?
As every year when a Ligue 1 season is just beginning, the question is on everyone’s lips: will Paris Saint-Germain win a new French championship title without facing any adversity. With only three titles left to Montpellier, AS Monaco and more recently Lille, Paris Saint-Germain, reigning French champions, are once again the big favorites to succeed themselves. Champion without even impressing the main observers last season, conceding only 4 defeats over the 38 days played, Paris finished first in Ligue 1 with 15 points ahead of their runner-up, Olympique de Marseille.
Among the clubs having the possibility of bothering Paris Saint-Germain in the league, two stand out quite clearly: AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais. The Monegasques can count on a strong squad and their very high-level experience, while Lyon will go through a season without the European Cup with a rebuilt squad that seems very competitive for Ligue 1.
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The fight for Europe, Olympique Lyonnais back in business?
With a podium made up of Paris-Saint-Germain, Olympique de Marseille and AS Monaco, last season did not mark a real break in terms of qualifying for the Champions League. Behind, Nantes having won the Coupe de France, only Rennes won a sesame for the Europa League while Nice qualified for the Europa League conference. If Paris, Marseille, Monaco, Rennes or Nice should once again play the leading roles, Olympique Lyonnais, thanks to a very interesting transfer window, will be favorites to clinch a place in the European Cup.
With a more than satisfactory transfer window and the arrivals of Lepenant, Lacazette, Tolisso and even recently Tagliafico for almost insignificant departures, Peter Bosz’s team this season promises to have great ambitions in the league.
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A maintenance race more difficult than ever?
As detailed in the introduction, the four direct descents to Ligue 2 this season will bring a sword of Damocles to about a third of Ligue 1 teams. the weakest to have joined the elite and has not yet expanded its squad enough to put the odds on its side and avoid relegation. If the situations of Toulouse and Auxerre are slightly more positive but should not allow them to consider anything other than the race to maintain, other teams in difficulty last season in Ligue 1 such as Angers, Clermont or Brest will be suddenly sure concerned the descent.
Who will be the players to follow this season?
The stars of Paris Saint-Germain will, as usual, be very followed during this new Ligue 1 season. The Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, Verratti and even Ramos will be accompanied this year by new faces freshly arrived in the elite. Among them, we find in particular an Embolo – Minamino duo at AS Monaco which will complete an already rich squad of Wissam Ben Yedder, Aleksandr Golovin and Kevin Volland.
In the off-season, Olympique Lyonnais also attracted players returning to the city of Lyon who will have to be watched for their return: Alexandre Lacazette as well as Corentin Tolisso, figurehead of Lyon’s DNA strategy and who come to reinforce a already attractive team with many promising young people such as Rayan Cherki or Jeff Reine-Adélaïde.
In the other Ligue 1 clubs, we should note some very good shots made by the promoted, the former Parisian Kays Ruiz-Atil in Auxerre or Mohamed Bayo transferred from Clermont to Lille.
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The opinion of the editorial staff of We Sport
Far ahead of the other teams in terms of numbers, Paris Saint-Germain should once again win the French championship without too much concern despite a Lyon team which could play spoilsport. To complete the Ligue 1 podium, AS Monaco appear to be the strongest team to repeat their performance from last season ahead of Lille and Marseille, who will be vying for the rest of the European places. RC Lens should once again be in the first part of the table while teams such as Brest, Troyes, Lorient, Ajaccio or even Clermont seem to be a step below the competition.
The 2022/23 Ligue 1 calendar
At the start of the season, you will be able to find the reception of AC Ajaccio in Lyon next Friday, before following a Breton derby at the end of the afternoon on Sunday between Rennes and Lorient and concluding this first day with the Olympic poster of Marseilles – Reims Stadium.
Matchday 4 – 08/28/2022: Paris Saint-Germain – AS Monaco
Matchday 8 – 09/18/2022: Olympique Lyonnais – Paris Saint-Germain
Matchday 11 – 16/10/2022: Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique de Marseille
Matchday 14 – 06/11/2022: Olympique de Marseille – Olympique Lyonnais
Matchday 23 – 02/12/2023: AS Monaco – Paris Saint-Germain
Matchday 25 – 02/26/2023: Olympique de Marseille – Paris Saint-Germain
Matchday 29 – 02/04/2023: Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique Lyonnais
Day 32 – 23/04/2023: Olympique Lyonnais – Olympique de Marseille