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Ligue 1 round-up: Lorient stun PSG as Lille, Lyon and Monaco pick up points

February 1, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Paris Saint-Germain were dealt the biggest upset this weekend with their title rivals all picking up points.

The competitive nature of this season's French Ligue 1 was fully sustained with the weekend's results giving a new twist to the state of affairs. An extraordinary turn of events resulted in Paris Saint-Germain suffering a 3-2 defeat against relegation-battling Lorient.

The game's outcome caused Les Parisiens to slip from the top of the table all the way to third after Lille and Lyon picked up wins in their respective games against Dijon and Bordeaux. AS monaco subsequently ensued that there was a clear distinction between the top four and the rest of the pack by securing a 2-1 away win over Nantes.

Top five teams in Ligue 1

The slip-up by Paris Saint-Germain allowed Lille to climb to the top of the table with Lyon following closely. Monaco is also lurking in the shadows with a five game winning streak aiding their charge to finish in the top four.

Ligue 1 Top 3 scorers

Paris Saint-Germain wonderboy Kylian Mbappe still leads the pack despite failing to add to his tally in the surprise defeat to Lorient. Reims attacker Boulaye Dia still ranks in the higher echelons of the leaderboard despite his inability to find the back of the net in his last two outings. Lyon's Memphis Depay completes the trio, despite failing to score in Lyon's the 2-1 win over Bordeaux.

 

Ligue 1 - Top headlines

  • Pochettino picks up first defeat as PSG manager, hints at Neymar and Mbappe staying: Maurizio Pochettino picked up the first defeat of his PSG managerial career in what was his sixth game in charge. The Argentine coach's side were primed to take home a point but fumbled the bag at the death to concede Terem Moffi's 91st minute winner. In his post-game remarks, the former Tottenham Hotspur head coach detailed where it went wrong for Les Parisiens and later addressed the future of his talismen Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe. According to him, the signs of the pair signing new contracts are looking very positive.

  • Marseille vs Rennes postponed as angry fans invade training grounds: The weekend's clash between Marseille and Rennes was called off after fans of the the former attacked the club's own training facility, resulting in 25 arrests. OM made an official request to LFP to reschedule the encounter after reaching a consensus with Rennes who were already in town of the game.

  • Lyon president comes clean on when he almost hired Jose Mourinho: Lyon President Aulas has narrated how he tried to hire José Mourinho in 2019. In an interview with RMC Sport, he revealed that he made an approach to bring the Portuguese manager to Ligue 1 before he took on the role as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur. However, despite turning down the offer to move to France, he kept the door open to take on the job in the future.

Top matches to watch in Ligue 1 on February 3, 2021

  • Bordeaux vs Lille: Lille will travel to Bordeaux in search of a win to consolidate their status as league leaders amid pressure from Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco. Les Dogues are currently on a five-game winning run and should give the hosts - who had a four-game unbeaten run by Lyon - a good run for their money.

  • Paris Saint-Germain vs Nimes Olympique: The defending champions will take on bottom-ranked Nimes as they aim to regain their position atop the table. While the status of the visitors does not give much optimism for a potential upset to ensue, they will look to ruin the party for the Parc des Princes outfit as a win will significantly contribute to moving out of the relegation zone.

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