Stade Reims is playing its fifth consecutive season in the First Division. It remains to be seen if a role can be played in the frontal area as in 2018/19 (8) and 2019/20 (5). Last season he was 12th, before that he was 14th. The club coaches Oscar Garcia, who worked with Austrian series champion Salzburg from 2016 to 2017. Of course, there were also duels with Austria during this time, but Bentz was mostly in the reserve role only at that time. Now the two are united together.
Marseille has a new coach, Croatian Igor Theodor, whose compatriot and defender Doji Kalita Carr once played in Salzburg. Olympique is fighting with 35-year-old Dimitri Payet for a place in the Champions League again this season. In the previous season, they reached the semi-finals of the Conference League, but failed there in Feyenoord Rotterdam.
Monaco, the 2017 champions, will be hoping former Salzburger Takumi Minamino and Brill Empolo will shine ahead. He closed the gap after the departure of midfielder Aurelien Chuamini for 80 million euros to Real Madrid. Olympique Lyonnais also starts the season with high expectations and wants to forget about eighth place in 2021/22. In addition, Stade Rennes also wants to play an important role at the front again.
Five legions in action in the French League
Of the ÖFB’s five legions, Flavius Danieliuc should have the best chance of securing a top spot with fifth pre-season OGC Nice, with Lucien Favre serving as coach. The 21-year-old ÖFB-U21 defender made 24 appearances in the French Senate in 2021/2022. Kevin Danso (33 games / 28 full distances) has played a bigger role in RC Lens, and his status as the undisputed regular player shouldn’t change. Lens finished seventh and wants to fight for the European Cup ranks again.
As for Clermont-foot’s returnee, Muhammed Sham Saracivic, who can look back on a very successful season at AU Lustenau and made his Ligue 1 debut on Saturday in the 5-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain, as well as from the loan match at Vitesse Arnhem striker Lorient will remain. Adrian Gerbich, A dream. Relegation is a priority for these clubs.
Paris Saint-Germain chased again
As has almost always been the case, the big chase is PSG. The star, now coached by Christoph Galtier, wants not only to win an 11th title in the first season after Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, ninth in the last 11 years, but also eventually a Champions League title. The attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi can be contracted. “When you’re at PSG, it’s your duty to get results,” Galtier said. “I came here to win everything.”
Gallettier was the last coach to frustrate PSG after surprisingly leading Lille to the league title in 2021. In 2022, there were 15 comforting points between champions PSG and their pursuers Marseille. Paris got off to a good start with a 5-0 victory at the Claremont Foote on Saturday.
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