The 2023-24 Ligue 1 season is set to be another exciting one, with Paris Saint-Germain the favorites to challenge for the title.
Luis Enrique is the latest manager tasked with leading Paris St-Germain to European glory. In the league, PSG will hope to make it three titles in a row. Lens are in the group stages of the Champions League with PSG, while Marseille must go through qualifiers to secure their place.
Auxerre, Ajaccio, Troyes and Angers were the four teams demoted from Ligue 1 as they reduced the amount of clubs from 20 to 18 for the 2023-24 season. This meant only two teams, Le Havre and Metz, secured promotion from Ligue 2.
Who will win the title?
Thomas Broggini, French football journalist, believes that PSG will win Ligue 1 this season. He said:
“My answer won’t surprise you. Even after Lionel Messi leaving a nd despite Kylian Mbappe’s situation, I don’t see how PSG will not win Ligue 1, based on the potential of the new players they bought and the difference between them and the other teams. The new project with Luis Enrique can be very interesting. It will probably take time to see them at 100%, but it should be enough to win in France. Then, the Champions League is another story.”
Who will win the golden boot?
Broggini believes that Kylian Mbappe is the favorite to win the Ligue 1 Golden Boot this season. He said:
“If Mbappe stays, which is still possible, he will probably be top scorer again. Otherwise, Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) is always very regular.”
Who will be the surprise team this season?
Broggini believes that Strasbourg and Lorient could be the surprise packages of the season. He said:
“Strasbourg could be a surprise, with Patrick Vieira as a coach and a new economic power. He is charismatic and experienced enough to lead this ambitious project. I believe a lot in Lorient, who have a brilliant coach (Regis Le Bris) and a very consistent idea of what they want – they bought interesting players and have this culture of playing attractive football.”
Who else should we be watching?
Broggini believes that Lens and Marseille could be the teams to watch this season. He said:
“Lens could make another good season but it depends how they will handle the Champions League; it is always tricky for a team who is not used to it. Then, it is hard to predict something for Marseille, since a new coach (Marcelino) arrived, which is the case almost every season, but they could make do quite well considering the players who arrived, even more if Alexis Sanchez stays.”
“We are very excited for the new season. We have made some good signings, and we are confident that we can challenge for the title.” – Luis Enrique, PSG manager
“We are looking forward to the new season. We have a good team, and we are confident that we can finish in the top four.” – Jorge Sampaoli, Marseille manager