Lille, the hardest part … at the start
His last six matches: against Montpellier at home, in Lyon, against Nice, in Lens, against Saint-Étienne, then in Angers.
For Lille, the road to the top is strewn with pitfalls, a fortiori during the next four matches, all against members of the top-10. The reception of Montpellier (8th) Friday will set the tone before a trip to Lyon (4th) which could be expensive.
Rather than talking about the title race, “I call it the race for the podium, but we have a difficult schedule”, commented coach Christophe Galtier before winning 1-0 in Paris in early April. “It’s always difficult, harsh, it is played on freshness and composure”.
On May 9, the Mastiffs also travel to the great regional rival, RC Lens (5th), at a time when the Sang et Or are fighting for a place in the Europa Conference Conference, the new third European Cup which will be launched. next year by UEFA, even in the Europa League.
Lille, the best away team, will finish its final sprint in Angers. “All games are going to be tough because everyone will want to beat the first one. You will have to tear yourself away in every match“, recalls the midfielder Benjamin André.
Paris: the most affordable … and busy
His last six matches: against Saint-Étienne at home, in Metz, against Lens, in Rennes, against Reims, then in Brest.
PSG will not cross any cador on its way. The most severe adversity will nevertheless come from Lens, the promoted one who had surprised him 1-0 at the very start of the season. On May 9, it will also be necessary to visit Rennes, the current 7th in L1 who will try to the end to grab a European place.
The problem for the Parisians will not come only from the championship but from the sequence of matches: the current vice-champions of Europe are still engaged in three competitions.
Between the reception of Saint-Étienne on Sunday and the trip to Metz the following weekend, Angers will come to the Park on April 21 in the quarter-final of the Coupe de France. Above all, the reception of Lens will then be supervised by two top shocks against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals, April 28 and May 4.
The PSG season will perhaps be played on these three matches in six days.
Monaco, the most traveling
His last six matches: in Bordeaux, Angers, against Lyon at home, in Reims, against Rennes, then in Lens.
Unlike its competitors, AS Monaco will have four of their last six games to play away from home bases. The principality club are currently the fifth best away team.
In the midst of these trips, there will be Lyon’s crucial reception on May 2 at the Stade Louis-II. In the league, the partners of Wissam Ben Yedder have not lost since the visit of Lens (3-0 defeat) in mid-December.
The Monegasque management wants to regain the Champions League, but the coach remains cautious. He “misses six points to ensure 4th place” synonymous with the Europa League, recently summarized Niko Kovac. “We do not have our destiny in hand to aim for the title since we are not playing either Paris or Lille.”
Lyon, the strongest
His last six matches: in Nantes, against Lille at home, in Monaco, against Lorient, in Nîmes, then against Nice.
Last member of the leading square, Olympique Lyonnais faces a schedule as dense as it is intense. In the quarter-final of the Coupe de France, on April 21 at home against Monaco, were added duels in L1 against teams fighting for maintenance (Nantes, Lorient, Nîmes) and shocks against two direct competitors: Lille, the April 25 at home, then Monaco the following week at Louis-II.
“We have to let go, focus on ourselves, be able to achieve a series of victories, that we are able to win in Nantes (Sunday) because afterwards, there will certainly be Monaco in the Cup, but Lille and Monaco in the league “, recalled the coach Rudi Garcia after the 3-0 victory against Angers on Sunday . “You have to arrive at these confrontations having refueled”.