Lille clinched Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2011 following the 2-1 victory over Angers. Les Dogues become French champions for the fifth time in their history, ending Paris Saint-Germain’s three-year league winning streak. Jonathan David’s early strike and Burak Yilmaz’s penalty in stoppage time sealed the lead for Christophe Galtier’s Lille with only one point ahead of second-placed PSG.
“It’s a great performance. It’s incredible,” said Galtier, who took over the team when they were set to battle relegation in 2017. “It was a long, tough day, we were under a lot of pressure and beating PSG on the last day is outstanding. The credit goes to the players. This team scored points against their title rivals. I can’t forget that they beat PSG away after losing against Nimes at home.
Despite some internal conflicts through the season with a change of owner and chairman and the departure of sporting director Luis Campos, Lille finished the season unbeaten on the road since November. They also boast the best away record with 43 points from 18 games and have conceded only 22 goals, a record that tops City, Bayern and Inter during their title-winning campaigns this season.
Fans of the winning club lit flares and chanted songs in the northern city’s central Place Charles de Gaulle to celebrate the clubs historic triumph against far wealthier opposition. Elsewhere, Monaco drew 0-0 at Lens to secure third and a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds, with Lyon two points back in fourth. Monaco had a shot at a ninth title, but needed both its rivals to lose.
Meanwhile, PSG, who brought in Mauricio Pochettino to replace Thomas Tuchel in January following the poor start of their season, will have to content themselves at second spot in the league after losing eight times throughout the domestic campaign. Earlier, the club were knocked out of the Champions League semifinals after a 4-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of City.
“Finishing top scorer in the league for the third time is something to be proud of, but it’s not the moment to rejoice,” said Kylian Mbappe, who was crowned Ligue 1 top scorer for the third year in a row. “There are no worries. We lost the title and now we have to focus on the future,” Mbappe is rumored to join Spanish giant Real Madrid next season.
Pochettino’s PSG had to settle with only one piece of major trophy this season after beating Monaco 2-0 to lift the French Cup. Monaco won the race for the final Champions League position, while Lyon will take part in the Europa League alongside fifth-placed Marseille, who lost 1-0 at Metz. At the bottom of the table, Nantes’ 2-1 defeated at home to Montpellier saw them relegated alongside Nimes and Dijon.
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