Notes from French Ligue 1 opening match day

The French Ligue 1 2019/20 season is in full swing after an exciting opening match day where it was pretty much business as usual for the likes of Lyon and PSG.

The French Ligue 1 this time around could be more than just PSG romping to yet another title. After winning Ligue 1 titles without much resistance, Les Parisiens might get stern resistance from the likes of Lyon and Lille, two teams who have bolstered their squads in the summer.

However, the likes of Marseille and Monaco are still struggling.

Here we take a look at certain things that the opening day highlighted.

Marseille and Monaco are still sick

It is clear that the likes of Marseille and Monaco are going to struggle in Ligue 1 this season. Both teams struggled last season with the latter even flirting with relegation for a while. And after a rather indifferent transfer campaign in the summer, the Ligue 1 giants have shown that the road to perdition is long and riddled with problems.

On the opening day, Marseille lost 2-0 to Stade de Reims while Monaco were easily dispatched 3-0 by Lyon.

The game at Stade Velodrome was Andre Villas-Boas’ first Ligue 1 encounter for Marseille but everything else was pretty much the same. Valere Germain was alone and without support and the midfield was sterile at best.

Two new signings, Alvaro Gonzalez and Dario Benedetto didn’t start the game as Les Phoceens couldn’t offer much resistance to a plucky Reims side.

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Before that game, AS Monaco showed that they haven’t learned their lessons. They were quickly reduced to ten men following the expulsion of Cesc Fabregas. The Principality club simply sunk against Les Gones. The rumored arrival of Wissam Ben Yedder might brighten up a rather bad offensive unit.

Bordeaux need more than Sousa

Paulo Sousa took just eight points in his first 11 games as the manager of Bordeaux. That’s 0.73 points per game which is the worst points return for a Bordeaux coach in Ligue 1.

Angers made short work of the Aquitaine club and were leading 3-1 at half-time. The score remained the same. Perhaps the arrival of Laurent Koscielny might give the unstable defense some spine when they take on Montpellier next week.

Time to forget Pepe

Pepe has left for Arsenal and Lille are looking for a new goal-scorer. Turkish youngster Yusuf Yazici and Nigerian international Victor Osimhen have been signed up and could do just that.

Les Dogues registered a 2-1 win over Nantes and it was the Nigerian who really stood out, scoring a brace. While replacing Pepe isn’t going to be an easy task, the young striker has shown that he can be a really big star in the future.

No Neymar, no worries

While he has really riled up the club’s supporters, Paris Saint-Germain are not really going to bother whether their star man shows up in a PSG shirt or not. The reigning Ligue 1 champions put 3 unanswered goals past Nimes and fans would be happy to know that the team can have a great life without the prodigious yet petulant talent.

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