PSG had the financial backing, Lille had the will and teamwork over the season. Crashing out of the Champions League in the semifinal, and lifting just a domestic trophy, PSG are beginning to look lost.
Lille have Christophe Galtier and PSG to thank for their campaign. Four of the key players in Lille’s campaign were former PSG players – goalkeeper Mike Maignan who kept the most clean sheet in the league, midfielder Boubakary Soumare, and forwards Jonathan Ikone and Timothy Weah.
Lille made use of only 21 players to claim their fifth title, the fewest amount of players in the league. Given they also reached the knockout stages of the Europa League, it’s all the more remarkable, and adds to the credit that manager Galtier fully deserves.
With Mbappe currently on the last year of his contract, should he move on this summer, things could only get worse for PSG. Neymar has proven to be the one of the best players of his generation, but sometimes just happens to fall short when needed the most. Perhaps the time has finally come for a change in hands of power in the French league.