Ligue 1 Uber Eats 2021/22 season is about to begin earlier next month than any other major leagues in Europe. PSG has been the most active one in the current summer transfer window to avoid another debacle which disappointed their fans and management despite having signed a new manager in the middle of the season.
Le Parisien is surely aiming for taking back the league title to the capital plus progressing further with a hope of silverware in the Champions League. They have captured high profile figures for their campaign next season from EURO 2020 best player, Gianluigi Donnarumma, the former Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos, the versatile wing back Achraf Hakimi plus the Dutch star Gini Wijnaldum. The list of their new signings could go on if they could materialise Paul Pogba’s move and some more names. Pochettino’s men’s great new names might be noteworthy and could attract more fans to watch the French top flight. However, the more interesting one is about finding out Neymar and Co’s next contender, especially after the main figure behind Lille’s success in meddling their domination last season, Christopher Galtier, already left the post to switch side with OGC Nice. Would he thrive in his new team, could his former side endure their victorious season this time or would there be any other ones sneaking into the title race out of the blue? Here are several teams which have the potentials to stumble the capital side again.
- Monaco. Nico Kovac's side has already had a quite solid squad and ready to take up the challenge as the main contender in the title race this season. Despite losing Benjamin Heinrich and Steven Jovetic to Bundesliga plus Gil Dias to Benfica and Ballo Toure to AC Milan, they have signed two names from the German top flight as well, Ismail Jakobs from Koln and Bayern goalie who has been dying for more minutes on the pitch, Alexander Nubel. Their loanee Keita Balde has returned from Sampdoria as well, which could be a great addition to their attacking lines who already have Kevin Volland, Wissam Ben Yedder and the youngster Sofiane Diop.
- Marseille. The sudden resignation of Andre Villas-Boas seemed to a blessing in disguise for OM as his replacement, Jorge Sampaoli, has proven his quality by leading them to a positive trend with only two defeats in the past eleven games. The former Chile and Argentine boss shall thrive in his full season as he has revamped the squad by signing plenty of new names like Dortmund's Leonardo Balerdi, two Arsenal men, Wiliam Saliba and Matheu Guendozi, two Roma men, Cengiz Under and a goalie Pau Lopez and the former Barcelona man Konrad De La Fuente. Some senior figures such as Florian Thauvin, Valere Germain, Yuto Nagatomo, Max Lopez, Hiroki Sakai and Kevin Strootmann have been sold and released either on loan or for free. With the current squad, OM which only finished on the fifth last season shall be ready to be PSG's main rival in the title race.
- Lyon. The departure of their manager, Rudi Garcia, the skipper Memphis Depay plus Melvin Bard and Joachim Andersen has certainly put Les Gones in trouble. The management appointed the former Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen boss, Peter Bosz to be at the helm of the team. Unfortunately, they have not managed to find Depay and Co's replacement. Lyon was only able to sign Rennes' Damien Da Silva and Vasco da Gama man Henrique for free. It is rather tough to expect them to be involved in a title race considering their average squad plus Bosz' unconvincing stints in Dortmund and Leverkusen, his last two employers.
- Nice. The arrival of Christopher Galtier, the former Lille boss who helped them end Le Parisien's domination, should be able to guide his new team in a better position this season. Les Aiglons has been the third most active Ligue 1 teams in the current transfer window as they have signed AZ's winger Calvin Stengs, PSV midfielder Pablo Rosario, Justin Kluivert, Lyon's Melvin Bard, former Southampton and Juventus man, Mario Lemina and secured the permanent contract for Barcelona loanee Jean Todibo. Walter Benitez and Co should have the potential to meddle the high-profile teams domination in the top three and possibly stumble PSG again.
The reigning champions Lille is unlikely to be one of the contenders this season. The departure of manager Galtier, the goalie Mike Maignan plus the unconvincing replacement, the former Guingamp boss Jocelyn Gouvernnec, are some of the reasons. Some other teams like Bordeaux, Starsbourg and Rennes could be the dark horses this season as Vladimir Petkovic, Julian Stephan will respectively be guiding their new teams for a better campaign while the former Lyon boss Bruno Genesio would have his full season in charge of leading Eduardo Camavinga and Co to snatch one spot in the Champions League zone.