Why French Ligue 1 Deserves More of Our Attention

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Why French Ligue 1 Deserves More of Our Attention
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Ancelotti's PSG are not running away with Ligue 1 this year

Ligue 1 is an exciting place to be right now. France's top-flight has regularly been throwing up an increasing number of surprise results over recent seasons, whilst the number of goals scored has risen sharply.

In France more than anywhere else in Europe right now, anybody can beat anybody.

Take Paris Saint-Germain, for example. You'd think that, given the copious amounts of money that they have spent in the past 18 months, the playing field would be extremely uneven.

It is not so.

Having a giant like PSG in the league has made every team in Ligue 1 raise their game...even the minnows.

To those familiar with Ligue 1, the intensity on offer each week and the high quality exhibited in French domestic football is nothing new.

To those unfamiliar with it though, sitting down and watching a game from France will likely come as quite a shock. Despite being largely unheralded and oft-maligned when talking about top European leagues, people quickly forget that France is the largest producer of domestic talent in Europe.

Add to that vibrant, exciting teams challenging the previously established hierarchy and a mix of styles from all over the world, and you have a potent mix.

This season more than any other is showing that.

PSG are not running away with the title, and teams who looked to have been completely usurped by the capital club are still in a position to challenge for domestic honours.

With the emergence of enterprising sides such as Saint-Etienne, FC Lorient and Nice looking to break into contention at the top end of the table, France's most decorated and well-supported club sides in Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais are fighting for their lives.

Admittedly the league needs better representation in Europe. But that will come.

For now, PSG have given Ligue 1 the shot in the arm it needed.

Here's why it matters.

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