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Ligue 1 First Half Review

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Paris Saint-Germain had one of the best transfer windows in history signing Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers,

But as PSG Manager Mauricio Pochettino and Sporting Director Leonardo have learnt. It is easier to play football manager than it is to manage a top club in Europe.

LIGUE 1

Top four: PSG, Nice, Marseille, Rennes

Anything exciting to inform you of in Ligue 1? Well if you were hoping for a closely-fought title battle, you may be disappointed, as it’s PSG cruising at the top, leading by 13 points, with a total of 46.

But what else could we expect with a forward line of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar?

The trio haven’t been exactly on song together as a trio – with Mbappe leading the way with nine goals and eight assists, with Messi only managing one league goal so far. Neymar has three, and has now been ruled out with injury.

Mauricio Pochettino has been under pressure to get the best out of his star players, with Sergio Ramos also struggling to get to grips with life in France, with winning Ligue 1 seen as a formality for the club’s owners.

Elsewhere, Nice are their closest challengers on 33 points, but in reality they will be scrapping for a top three spot that will give them a place in the Champions League.

They’re level on points with third-placed Marseille, who have only lost three games but have been bogged down by six draws. Rennes round off the top four, with Montpellier and Monaco challenging further down in fifth and sixth place.

Meanwhile, reigning champions Lille may have shocked PSG last season by winning Ligue 1, but this year they are way down in eighth place, though they are still just five points off a Champions League spot.

The teams struggling at the bottom are Metz, Lorient and Saint Etienne.