PSG, Lyon and Marseille: Scoring the Ligue 1 Title Contenders in All Areas

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PSG, Lyon and Marseille: Scoring the Ligue 1 Title Contenders in All Areas
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Will Carlo Ancelotti's side make good on their promise and deliver the title?

With Ligue 1 going into its winter break finely poised with Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon and Marseille all tied at the summit with 38 points, the coming five months will be crucial to the trio’s chances of taking the title. Given PSG’s affluence, the capital side have an obvious advantage, but le Championnat is renowned as a league that tests every club’s strength in depth. It is that strength, or a lack of it, that will eventually win out.

Factor in the African Cup of nations that traditionally deprives French teams of a wealth of talent and the race for the title will be a survival of the fittest. Questions have already been asked of the big three’s depth outside of their starting XI’s. The fact that Lyon and Marseille have even been able to keep up with PSG so far is impressive; both sides will need to strengthen in January though if they are to maintain their momentum.

Looking at each side’s defence, midfield and attack going into the business half of the season, it is clear who has the advantage. On paper, at least…

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